Tonawanda News — Parents with young children (and white picket fences) are more likely to have highly energetic dogs — to tire their children out. Single people and older people are more likely to have minimalist cats.
Harold Herzog, an anthrozoologist studying human-animal relationships at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., said that, “If you were born in Saudi Arabia, you’re more likely to be a cat person. Dogs there are very rarely pets because they’re considered vermin.” So geography also plays a role. (Being an anthrozoologist sounds like a pretty amazing job for the record.)
In addition to hunch.com — real scientists — from the University of Texas showed that there really is a difference between cat and dog people.
Dog people were more extroverted, more agreeable and more careful than self-described cat people. Those who love cats were found to be less traditional, more creative and more neurotic.
Interestingly all of these characteristics for either cat people or dog people seem to be clichés and stereotypes. Cat people are introverts, although I professionally speak to hundreds of strangers a day about animals and it doesn’t phase me. Public speaking should be more of a dog person characteristic. Like dog people I enjoy going to the beach and exercising but I consider myself creative and artistic like cat people. I also laugh when slap-stick humor occurs, if done tastefully.
So I guess I am not a cat person completely, and not a dog person entirely either. I would say I am a Kenny-person.Kenny Coogan has a B.S. in animal behavior. Please email your questions to email@example.com, or search for "Critter Companions by Kenny Coogan" on Facebook.