Dog People vs. Cat People: The Surprising Differences crossed responses to lifestyle surveys by so-called dog and cat people. Take a look at the conclusions and tell us, does anything sound familiar?

from Reader's Digest | December 2011 / January 2012
  • Loading recently polled more than 200,000 pet owners to find out if they were dog people or cat people. The site then crossed those responses with lifestyle surveys and arrived at the following conclusions. Anything sound familiar?

    Dog people:
    15% more likely to be extroverts
    Cat people: 11% more likely to be introverts

    Dog people: 36% more likely to use a pop song as a ringtone
    Cat people: 14% more likely to cling to friends at a party

    Dog people: 67% more likely to call animal control if they happen upon stray kittens
    Cat people: 21% more likely to try to rescue stray kittens

    Dog people: 11% more likely to say they'd support cloning, but only for animals or pets
    Cat people: 17% more likely to have completed a graduate degree

    Dog people: 18% more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle
    Cat people: 25% more likely to consider George Harrison their favorite Beatle

    Dog people: 9% more likely to think of zoos as happy place
    Cat people: 10% more likely to send messages on Twitter

    Dog people: 30% more likely to enjoy slapstick humor and impressions
    Cat people: 21% more likely to enjoy ironic humor and puns

    Both dog and cat people:
    - Talk to animals of all kinds
    - Are equally likely to have a four-year degree
    - Dislike animal-print clothing


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    Your Comments

    • aamericannovice

      If humans had a wagging tail, we could tell who is happy too..

    • fewiz

      There are people with dogs and cats with people.

    • fewiz

      Gosh, quite the scientific methodology there: “The site then crossed those responses with lifestyle surveys and arrived at the following conclusions.”

      Why do I think the author used a latex glove on himself to produce those statistics?

    • Gloveslap

      LOL. Biggest load of rubbish I have read in a lonnnnng time. Thank you for the biased statistics, this was worth the read just for a laugh. Rookies.

    • WhatsInAName

      Some of the compares don’t make sense. comparing a ring tone to hanging with friends? why not compare the types of ring tones…

    • t bell


      • Troy To You

        Good boy, good boy!

    • ballsnow

      What are you considered, when you have both? I have found that my cats are easier to take care of, than my dogs.

      • fewiz

        If you find that your cats are easy to take care of, that just means they trained you well. Cleaning a cat box once disqualifies cat care from ever being easy forever. Not one of the things I was put on Earth to do.

    • MattinPA

      Very thin clickbaity waste of time.

    • toptwome

      I have had cats and loved them. They are the perfect pet when you work. Now since we are older we have two dogs and we are crazy about the one we got as a free puppy. The other we got at Pet Smart for $10.00 and she has helped to calm down our other dog who was chewing up our shoes and remote controls when we left her. Now she has a buddy and they are fine alone.

    • Captive Audience

      What about those people that love both cats and dogs and have both?

      Dog and cat people share one thing in common. They usually love animals and care for their well-being. So I’m going to be honest here, if you call animal control to pick up stray animals, even cute, healthy young ones, there’s a good chance they’ll be euthanized because there are too many animals and not enough resources. There are government run-shelters, the humane society, established no-kill shelters and thousands of independent animal rescuers and it’s not enough to prevent millions of healthy animals being euthanized every year. With stray or feral cats, you can consider the humane alternative, trap, neuter and return. For any stray or feral animal PLEASE only call animal control as a last resort.

      • Fotogrrl

        Sure, who’s going to remove the feral cats from the traps? Great way to get bitten and maybe even get rabies.

        • Captive Audience

          The vet anesthetizes them while they are in the cage and takes them out when they’re asleep. The next day we release them by opening the trap door and they run out. Rabies is not as common as you think. I live in a big city and there hasn’t been a case in the past 80 years.