I was once asked in a Q and A on a Sunday morning if I thought “Dogs go to heaven.” I responded by saying, “The real question is do cats go to hell?” To say I hate cats is a bit much. I don’t hate them, but I certainly don’t love them.
If you’re at all observant you’ve picked up on the fact that most people are either dog people or cat people. There’s actually been a study done on the differences between these two groups.
Sam Gosling, a psychologist at the University of Texas in Austin, proved through his study there was significant differences on major personality traits between dog people and cat people.
The results showed that dog people were generally about 15 percent more extroverted and 13 percent more agreeable, both of which dimensions are associated with social orientation. In addition dog people were 11 percent more conscientious than cat people. Conscientiousness involves is a tendency to show self-discipline, to complete tasks and aim for achievement. The trait shows a preference for planned rather than spontaneous behavior.
In comparison cat people were generally about 12 percent more neurotic, however they were also 11 percent more open than dog people. The openness trait involves a general appreciation for art, emotion, adventure, unusual ideas, imagination, curiosity, and variety of experience. People high on openness are more likely to hold unconventional beliefs while people with low scores on openness (dog people) tend to have more conventional, traditional interests.
They also discovered cat owners were one third more likely to live alone than dog owners and twice as likely to live in an apartment. A single woman was the most likely individual to have a cat.
I dug through all of the research presented and came to my own conclusion. Cat owners are 95% more likely to be more weird than dog owners. Please don’t send hate mail. I love you cat owners (just not your cats).
So which are you? Team dog or Team Cat?