Cat people vs Dog People: 5 differences that might surprise you

Dog owners and cat owners are as different as… well, cats and dogs. Just ask Shannon O’Reilly, owner of Uptown Dawg, Vancouver’s premiere dog care facility, and passionate dog-lover.

“The relationship a pet owner has with a dog is different than the one they would have with a cat,” says O’Reilly. “That’s not surprising given how different cats and dogs are as pets. And people tend to gravitate to the kind of pet that best suits their personality.”

Here are 5 ways that dog and cat owners differ:

1)    Dog owners are better listeners

Like their pets, dog owners tend to be more attentive and are often better listeners than their cat-owner peers. Experts suggests that dog people also tend to follow the rules more closely. 

2) Cat owners are more creative

Some studies have suggested that cat people score higher on intelligence tests than dog people, but no sample-size would be big enough to convince dog owners of that. A less controversial opinion is that cat owners are more creative, which aligns with point #1 about dog owners following the rules more closely.

3) Dog owners love people

There’s little debate about dog owners being more social. Few cat owners have play-dates for their pets, whereas dog owners frequently gather in parks and other open areas to allow their pets to socialize. How many times have you seen a romantic comedy where two cat owners meet because of their pets? Enough said.

4) Cat owners are less social

Modern Dog Magazine suggested that cat owners were one third more likely to live alone and twice as likely to live in an apartment than dog owners. No surprise there. The same report suggested that dog ownership was closely associated with living in a house with family.

5) Dog owners have dominant personalities

According to the same study, self-confidence and forcefulness are more closely related to dog owners than cat owners. Not surprising since dogs expect owners to be the dominant personality in the household. Cats see themselves as the top of the food chain and the resident boss. It stands to reason that an owner who accepts a cats tendencies would be less dominant by nature.

Thanks to Shannon O’Reilly, owner of Uptown Dawg, for her comments. For more information about Vancouver’s premiere dog daycare and boarding facility, and the many services they offer, visit their website or give them a call at 604-469-3294. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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