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Are you a cat person or a dog person?

I love all animals, and I could never hurt a single one, but I have to say I am definitely a dog person. I relate more to dogs in many ways. Call me strange, but I believe you can have a better conversation with a dog. Okay, I know they don't say a lot - come to think of it, they don't actually say anything, do they?

However, dogs always look as if they are listening, so you feel as if you are in a conversation. Cats just seem to stare at you, in that superior way they have, and you feel like everything you say is ridiculous. Cats sap your self confidence, but dogs boost it. There's nothing better for your ego than seeing your dog hang on to every word you say.

Dogs have enthusiasm too - you can get excited along with your dog. Cats just sit there looking superior, as if they really can't be bothered. Once they pass the kitten stage, there is no excitement with a cat.

Then there's the feeding thing. Dogs will gobble up everything you put in front of them, then come back looking for more. Cats might - or might not - eat that expensive food you bought for them because it's supposed to make your cat the healthiest on the block. Dogs appreciate their food, cats play around with it. It's the way it is.

So, are you a cat person or a dog person? Or is there room for both in your world?

Image Credit » My photo of me with my dog Paddy, taken by my husband on Christmas Day 2014

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JustMe wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:03 PM

I am definitely a dog person although I do think cats are beautiful. My dog passed on a little over a year ago, and I haven't adopted another one yet. Maybe I will this year. I still miss my boy very much. He gave me 12 years of fun, loyalty and love.

Koalemos wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:03 PM

I have had both during my lifetime and found myself to be quite content with either, so it would be extremely difficult to differentiate. I do not have either at present because I only retired recently so previously had no time to look after a pet.

phoenixmaid wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:15 PM

I'm a dog person that cats like to adopt, the waifs and strays seem to find their way to me.

Janey1966 wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:22 PM

I must disagree about cats being aloof. If you talk to them (a lot) they become more engaged and the stare becomes a loving look. People who have owned cats will know what I mean about a cat's greeting. What they do is shut their eyes ever so lightly, then open them again. Watch out for it if you ever come across a cat you know. They don't always respond to humans doing the same (they are cats after all) but a cat's purr is something else..and I miss my Flo-Jo's purr more than anything else in the world.

Kasman wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:32 PM

Dogs have owners - cats have staff! :) Having said that I probably prefer guinea pigs, which my wife used to breed.

TheLambLiesDown wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:33 PM

Louie sez I HAZ to say I is Cat People...but I would have said that anyway :)

JeanC wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:38 PM

Definitely a cat person, tho if we had a chance to get a dog, we would.

SandraInSpain wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:02 PM

Right Janey - I will look out for that. Sorry to hear you lost Flo-Jo x

SandraInSpain wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:03 PM

Yes, cats are more graceful. Sorry about your boy. We had our last dog for 17 years - it's a hell of a wrench when they go.

SandraInSpain wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:04 PM

Yes, cats seem to like me too. I think they latch on to an animal lover, tobe honest.

SandraInSpain wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:06 PM

Love that - must remember it. I'm not really into rodents, although my kids had gerbils for a while. They were cute, but very - er - fertile!

SandraInSpain wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:07 PM

Yeah well, we know who calls the shots in your house honey - and it ain't the guy with the beard! x

SandraInSpain wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:09 PM

I think you got it in a nutshell there - if you're an animal lover, you love 'em all. If a stray cat turned up at my door, I'd take it in, even though I'm a dog person.

Janey1966 wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:19 PM

Thank you. It was a horrible time as John had never witnessed an animal be put down before. It was so traumatic but ultimately necessary as she was suffering and we couldn't bear to see her deteriorate further. It's the fact she was only 7 that's hard to bear, plus the fact cancer in cats that young is rare. It's never happened before and I never want it happening again. Has it put me off owning cats in the future? Nope! emoticon :smile:

Janey1966 wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:20 PM

Well said Louie..yours the boss!

SandraInSpain wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:28 PM

Yes, I've had both too, but I'm definitely more dogs than cats.

Kat- wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:30 PM

I have to answer both. I grew up having dogs when I was a kid, after getting married and moved we had cats, now that we have a house we have a dog and two cats, all rescues. If we could afford it I'd rescue more!

SandraInSpain wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:21 AM

Ours is a rescue puppy, Kat. I think when there are so many pets needing homes, that's the way to go. I wouldlove another one, but Paddy is quite a handful!

vanny wrote on January 6, 2015, 10:29 AM

I have never had a cat, but yes, I have had a couple of dogs, and I just love them.

DDS1 wrote on January 6, 2015, 1:11 PM

I like both, and over the years have learned to appreciate cats, but at the end of the day I am a dog person.

Firecracker wrote on January 6, 2015, 2:05 PM

Try telling that to my chihuahua! I have a hard time getting her to eat the quality dog food that I got her! lol

Koalemos wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:32 PM

It really depends on circumstances because a dog is far more loyal, but does require much more attention.

LilyDay wrote on January 8, 2015, 7:54 PM

I am an animal person in general.

My late male dog would talk to me when I talked to him. He could be quite the talkative boy.

Romeo wrote on January 11, 2015, 3:41 PM

I love both cats and dogs and have had both. Each one of them is amazing and each is unique and loving creature. Cats require less time to take care, though.

allen0187 wrote on January 11, 2015, 7:57 PM

Never had a cat all my life and I've always had dogs. I'm definitely a dog person although I wouldn't mind taking care of a cat and having one as a a pet.

WordChazer wrote on January 15, 2015, 12:56 AM

My husband and I have no pets but are happy to be sociable with any who want to notice us, feline or canine. By choice I think we'd have a cat or cats rather than a dog, as we have more experience with cats in our respective families.