Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Dog People vs. Cat People: What Pet Preference Says About You
ABC News ^ | March 9, 2012 | Dan Harris and Keturah Grey

Posted on 03/10/2012 5:18:38 AM PST by Zakeet

click here to read article


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-139 next last
To: Fawn

My wife and I have cats and dogs,Our German Shepherds get along just fine with the cats.I think that the key to success with dogs is training and also temperment.We also have 7 horses,who get along fine with the cats,but don’t think much of the dogs.A couple of the mares would love to kill the dogs if they got a chance.


51 posted on 03/10/2012 8:24:12 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: Thorliveshere
"We have both, but I like the company of dogs better. Cats are just so damn aloof and anti-authoritarian. “You don’t want me to walk up here on the counter? I’ll do it anyway. Nah-nah-nanny-boo-boo.”

Not if you take the time to really train them from kittenhood. My last cat, a big tough tom, was so good. If he started giving the table or the countertops the eye, all I had to do was make eye contact with him and say firmly, but not loudly, "No." And he would cease and desist.

52 posted on 03/10/2012 8:24:23 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Fawn
....and another thing......men usually have dogs because dog people must be needed. Men are much more needy than women. Women survive just fine alone. Men don't---and the dog greeting them at the door is a need that has to be filled for dog people, usually guys. Girls are usually cat people because we don't need the adoration and neediness like that. We can be alone and not feel depressed because someone is not drooling waiting for us at home.

BTW, it's also obvious that all this neediness is the Liberal trait and the cool cat people who are 'aloof' are obviously Conservative.

53 posted on 03/10/2012 8:26:52 AM PST by Fawn (Anyone but OBOZO!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: Heavyrunner

Cats are every bit as much family members as dogs. Every one I’ve ever had was extremely loving. And I’ve had them sit at the door and wait for me to come home-—and no, not for food, LOL.


54 posted on 03/10/2012 8:27:06 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Dusty Road
I have dog’s and cats

Are you sure that you have them and not the other way around?

Dogs have owners, cats have staff.

55 posted on 03/10/2012 8:37:38 AM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

56 posted on 03/10/2012 8:39:50 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet
there really is a difference between "dog people" and "cat people."

A dog says my owner feeds me, shelters me, pets me, plays with me, and loves me; he must be a God.

A cat says my owner feeds me, shelters me, pets me, plays with me, and loves me; I must be a God.

57 posted on 03/10/2012 8:42:25 AM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rbg81
Cats are cleaner and quieter, but very independent—they will only pay attention to you when they damn well want to. And, yes, they are awesome at catching mice.

Mainecoons are friendly and will "hang out" with you. Mine greets me at the door when I get home.

58 posted on 03/10/2012 8:45:54 AM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet
Images like this? PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
59 posted on 03/10/2012 8:55:27 AM PST by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

We have always had both until a few years ago when our last cat passed on. We decided to add a dog, but no more cats.

The reason no more cats:litter box, they run from and hide if they get outside, they get on tables and counters if you aren’t home to tell them no, they scratch furniture, rugs, etc.

For a few years we only had cats, they don’t replace a dog. Granted, dogs are more trouble for sure. You can leave a cat for a weekend with a huge bowl of food and water and they are fine. A dog, I don’t think so unless you can train them to a litter box or leave them outside which I would never do.


60 posted on 03/10/2012 9:01:06 AM PST by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: brivette

LOL! A friend of mine had 2 of them. The female was okay, the male was the most insane dog I have ever seen in my life. He tried everything. Obedience classes, neutering, shock collars, the dogs was just crazy. He bit or tried to bite everyone, he was so hyper he bounced off walls. He finally got rid of him.


61 posted on 03/10/2012 9:03:29 AM PST by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: who knows what evil?

LOL!


62 posted on 03/10/2012 9:05:56 AM PST by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: MosesKnows
...cats have staff.

Yes, they do...I have been 'employed' by them in some capacity for over fifty years. Think I'll see so much as a watch or a gift certificate..?

Pfffft.

63 posted on 03/10/2012 9:09:51 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 55 | View Replies]

To: circlecity

I own a pug and they a definitely one of the dumbest creatures
___________________________________________
I know several judges and they seem to think Irish Setters and Cavaliers are the dumbest.


64 posted on 03/10/2012 9:10:51 AM PST by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Big Horn

Not all cats just purr. Have you ever heard a Siamese in heat?


65 posted on 03/10/2012 9:12:57 AM PST by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Dusty Road

Cute pics! The look well loved.


66 posted on 03/10/2012 9:14:28 AM PST by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: mojitojoe
"I know several judges and they seem to think Irish Setters and Cavaliers are the dumbest."

Well, I never spent any time around Irish Setters or Cavaliers so I can't comment. But I'm sure there is a certain level of dumbness that once you get to it's all a matter of opinion. LOL. But bet if they are as dumb as pugs they are just as loveable too!

67 posted on 03/10/2012 9:14:47 AM PST by circlecity
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 64 | View Replies]

To: Fawn

Actually,

the neediness is MUCH MORE related to

the degree of early childhood

ATTACHMENT DISORDER.

This is the best book I know on the topic:

Attachments: Why You Love, Feel, and Act the Way You Do

http://www.amazon.com/Attachments-Why-You-Love-Feel/dp/0785297375/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331399651&sr=8-1

When children don’t receive SUFFICIENT-FOR-THE-INDIVIDUAL emotional bonding and love the first 6 or so years of life, the neediness holes never get filled and may even tend to get bigger. True for men and women. They show it differently.

As a psychologist . . . I’d probably say that over 30+ years of counseling and teaching . . . more women CAME ACROSS AS desperately needy than men.

Men are loathe to appear needy—particularly desperately needy—regardless of how needy they are. Men turn their neediness inward or to addictions or physical work or hobbies or sports.

FWIW


68 posted on 03/10/2012 9:19:13 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 53 | View Replies]

To: Fawn

Dogs are so annoying and need to be kept outside. They are always smelly and love to roll in dirt, they are needy, clingy and need to be let out all the time...not to mention they are slobs.
_________________________________________________
Ummm no! All dogs do NOT stink, only certain breeds. Mine have no odor whatsoever and they don’t roll in the dirt. They are far from needy and clingy because they are an independent breed. Slobs? My dogs don’t lick their smelly breath all over their body then get on the furniture or bed. Cat uses the litter box, licks itself all over, gets on the bed, lovely, now you get to lay in whatever it stepped on in the litter box and it’s saliva.

We always had one or more cats until a few years ago. I don’t hate cats, but come on......cats have their issues too.


69 posted on 03/10/2012 9:22:20 AM PST by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: CatherineofAragon

Not if you take the time to really train them from kittenhood. My last cat, a big tough tom, was so good. If he started giving the table or the countertops the eye, all I had to do was make eye contact with him and say firmly, but not loudly, “No.” And he would cease and desist.
________________________________________
I agree, that works with some, but not all, it depends on the cat. If you leave the house, they will all go where they aren’t allowed and if you leave food on the counter, if you leave or turn your back, they’re getting on that counter.

We used to have a Lilac point Siamese that was obsessed with corn on the cob. She just went crazy when she smelled it. If there was an ear left in the pan on the stove, and we didn’t get to it before the water cooled, she would get it out of the water, and take it under the bed to eat it.


70 posted on 03/10/2012 9:26:28 AM PST by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 52 | View Replies]

To: CatherineofAragon

And I’ve had them sit at the door and wait for me to come home-
_________________
Definitely!


71 posted on 03/10/2012 9:27:17 AM PST by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 54 | View Replies]

To: mojitojoe
""I agree, that works with some, but not all, it depends on the cat. If you leave the house, they will all go where they aren’t allowed and if you leave food on the counter, if you leave or turn your back, they’re getting on that counter.

We used to have a Lilac point Siamese that was obsessed with corn on the cob. She just went crazy when she smelled it. If there was an ear left in the pan on the stove, and we didn’t get to it before the water cooled, she would get it out of the water, and take it under the bed to eat it."

LOL! Funny. I agree, if you're not around, they may just do what they want. Then again, so will some dogs.

72 posted on 03/10/2012 9:30:58 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 70 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

I like cats, but they are rodents compared to dogs like the loyal German Shepherd

73 posted on 03/10/2012 9:31:51 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojitojoe

My lassie collie would wait at the fence line of our lane for me to come home from school. Never crossed the fence line. We didn’t train that.


74 posted on 03/10/2012 9:33:16 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 71 | View Replies]

To: Dusty Road

:O) Gus and Woodrow are very intelligent beings..Maggie probably drives them nuts..


75 posted on 03/10/2012 9:45:18 AM PST by goat granny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: LachlanMinnesota

My son use to have a parrot and a miniture poodle. They both barked and you couldn’t tell which was the dog and which was the bird...


76 posted on 03/10/2012 9:50:19 AM PST by goat granny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...

77 posted on 03/10/2012 9:51:36 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: layman

good one....


78 posted on 03/10/2012 9:52:28 AM PST by goat granny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: squarebarb
He doesn’t like dogs. It was just PR. I don’t know what he likes. Golf, I guess.

Barky likes dog just fine. That's the only meat he ate growing up in Indonesia. The mainstream media never brings that up. But if a Republican drove with a dog carrier on his car roof we never hear the end of it.

79 posted on 03/10/2012 9:56:58 AM PST by Reeses
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: circlecity

don’t know any Cavaliers, but Irish Setters are dumber than a box of rocks...had one as a kid...beautiful but stupid...j


80 posted on 03/10/2012 10:03:10 AM PST by goat granny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 67 | View Replies]

To: beefree

“my sister had a JR named Precious Kitty”

LOL, only doggie would tolerate a name like that!


81 posted on 03/10/2012 10:10:18 AM PST by jocon307
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: datura
Birds are by far the most intelligent pets. When was the last time anyone’s dog greeted them by name and asked them how their day was, in English?

Absolutely! Or tell you - in English - when they have to "GO", so you can place them in the appropriate spot to do just that? Or to ask - in English - for a kiss, for their favorite treat, for a scratch, to be picked up, or to be cuddled? The downside to all this is, the larger birds can have the intelligence of about a 7-year old kid, but the emotional maturity of a 2-year old. So it's like living with a highly intelligent 2-year old (and yes, they throw 2-year olds' tantrums, too).

82 posted on 03/10/2012 10:22:05 AM PST by Fast Moving Angel (Newt's not a perfect candidate but Jesus isn't running this year. - shoff)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: Nervous Tick

My dog wouldn’t shut up one night when my husband had left to fly across country for a new job. I stayed behind to sell the house which was located on a lonely mountaintop in Washington State in the woods. She finally got quiet, and I found the next morning that our garage had been burgled by thieves.

There is a reason when the barking doesn’t stop.


83 posted on 03/10/2012 10:34:43 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

I’m poly-petual. If its an animal pet, I love it.


84 posted on 03/10/2012 10:35:08 AM PST by ZULU (LIBERATE HAGIA SOPHIA!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

These are just generalizations of both cats and dogs, and the people who prefer one over the other. There are of course always exceptions. Even to the point people have pets beyond the 2 choices of cats and dogs.


85 posted on 03/10/2012 11:05:16 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Quix

Quix! Now THAT looks like an interesting book to read!

;)

Regarding this subject? I’m not gonna comment as I just am not.

Gotta go play with The Best Dog God Ever Made...


86 posted on 03/10/2012 11:23:11 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 68 | View Replies]

To: Secret Agent Man; All

My 4 lb., seven months old female Yorkie, name is Prissy, is a house dog and smells sweet all the time and watches through the two glass doors to the outside and if anything moves, THEN she barks and runs to get me.

She also barks when we play, but that’s it. She is calm but playful. She and I live alone and we love each other. She always wears a pink bow on the top of her head to hold her hair back out of her eyes.

A Yorkie’s hair is more like human hair so it doesn’t smell like regular dog hair. She also goes to the beauty shop once a month to keep tangles out of her long hair and have a nice doggy bath.


87 posted on 03/10/2012 11:25:17 AM PST by Marcella (Newt will bash Hussein in debates - Newt needs money.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 85 | View Replies]

To: dragnet2

Yeah....

Nice looking dog!!!


88 posted on 03/10/2012 11:25:59 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 73 | View Replies]

To: Brad's Gramma

Dogs are sure special.

Dad has a Blue Healer and a German Shepherd.

The Shepherd is absolutely beautiful. Could have a bit of red setter in him. A real rust red cast to his fur. Very stunning.

And he’s super smart . . . and BIG.

Both of them insist on jousting with skunks. Not very smart.


89 posted on 03/10/2012 11:28:54 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 86 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

>> There is a reason when the barking doesn’t stop.

Then I guess the houses around us are getting burgled non-stop, every hour of the day and night — and have been for years.

I’d think there wouldn’t be anything left to steal. But what do I know.

No, the simple fact is, barking dogs ARE NOT always barking for a reason. And a certain percentage of dog owners are inconsiderate jerks who don’t give a hoot if their mutts drive everyone around them crazy.


90 posted on 03/10/2012 11:29:25 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 83 | View Replies]

To: ZULU
"I’m poly-petual. If its an animal pet, I love it."

Ferrets actually make fine pets for people who can't make up their mind between a cat and dog. They are somewhat less trainable and affectionate than a dog, but moreso than a cat. When it comes to rodent control, they have no equal.


91 posted on 03/10/2012 11:32:31 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 84 | View Replies]

To: Quix

Skunks??

Oh oh... I can sure see my older one doing that. The younger one would make friends or...run away in fear.

Yeah...that IS one fantastic breed...

Especially if you work with them.


92 posted on 03/10/2012 11:50:37 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 89 | View Replies]

To: Slings and Arrows
Well I'm for cats over dogs who need too much attention IMO. My new rescued “cat” is an Orange tabby cat...about 11 lbs. now.

I don't know why people think cats don't communicate. This one is a talker....both in voice and body language. If he wants to eat..he has a very low level meow, actually under his breath... and goes sits by his dishes, if he wants to play he does like wise and sits by his toys...if he wants to be left alone he chills out in the bedroom away from activity. Otherwise he has his own recliner.

If he wants to cuddle he sits on the cuddle blanket waiting for me to put in a movie...additionally he likes to watch computer videos...and lets me know he wants to picked up for that.

He also greats me when I get home. I thought maybe just for food until I deprived him of that and just sat petting him...he had a choice and stayed there.

It's been over a month since here and taken time to adjust...but he sure does know how to communicate... and play time he will play catch with his toys....brings them to me after to toss again. Also plays hide and seek...hilarious!

So I disagree...maybe he just thinks he's a dog!

93 posted on 03/10/2012 11:54:13 AM PST by caww
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 77 | View Replies]

To: Thorliveshere
"“You don’t want me to walk up here on the counter? I’ll do it anyway. Nah-nah-nanny-boo-boo.”"

Oh that is soooo true! The ONE rule I have for them they MUST NOT obey!

94 posted on 03/10/2012 12:21:08 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: A_perfect_lady
"Skeek, the writhing satiny sidewinder snake, who squirms wildly when you pet her, and runs in terror from anything that makes a rustling noise,"

That's my Mary!! Whats up with that?

95 posted on 03/10/2012 12:23:15 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: Ditter; Allegra; TheMom
I could have stolen that dog min pin painting! :D
96 posted on 03/10/2012 12:32:22 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Fawn

A big steamin’ pile right there.


97 posted on 03/10/2012 12:37:18 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 53 | View Replies]

To: mojitojoe; CatherineofAragon
"I agree, that works with some, but not all, it depends on the cat."

Very true. Cats seems to be on a "scale" from 1-10....1 being a cat, 10 being "like a dog".

It all depends on the cat. Me, I've had 3 freakos (lost my eldest last December).

I would range all three of them from a 1-2.

I didn't pick them. My first 2 were "given" to me (me or the shelter, as kittens) and my 3rd was a dumped house cat who I took in 3 winters ago from my backyard.

When I want some kittie love, I go upstairs to my landlords who has 2 cats that land on the 9-10 scale.

98 posted on 03/10/2012 12:37:41 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 70 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet
"dog people" are more extroverted, more agreeable

Well, I don't know. I love some dogs, not others, hate all cats, but am introverted, unsociable, schizoid, and have a terrible disposition. Love my birds, though, and have one of the longest living Cockatiels around.

99 posted on 03/10/2012 12:42:51 PM PST by steve86 (I have Schizoid Personality Disorder and am exercising the privileges thereof)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Farmer Dean

My daughter had a couple of ducks that all the cats were terrified of...the horses didn’t much care for the ducks, but when one of the horses had to go to U of M for a major problem, the remaining horse let the ducks in the arena...She was lonesome and cozy up to them...it was funny, she needed some friends and would follow them around when they came into her area.....


100 posted on 03/10/2012 12:43:59 PM PST by goat granny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 51 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-139 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson