The Science Behind Being a Cat Person

My latest article about the science behind what it means to be a cat person...check it out over on the Dodo!

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2 thoughts on “The Science Behind Being a Cat Person

  1. Paula

    Absolutely loved your article! I personally am a dog person, and I've always been intrigued as to why I am so. As a psychologist, I've probably spent more than the average person thinking about why I love [my] dogs so much. I do love cats, too, but my affinity for dogs definitely runs deep.

    One thing I wanted to share with you is that I've always thought that the nature of dogs attract certain kinds of people. As you know, most dogs are generally regarded as less independent than cats, perhaps be more willing to please, and are more apt to "following orders", so to speak. Cats on the other hand, are oftentimes stereotyped as more aloof, independent, and appear to march to the beat of their own drum most of the time. All that being said, I always thought that perhaps people who experience a lack of control in their lives - whether conscious or unconsciously - may gravitate towards dogs because they essentially have a greater sense of control in the human-pet relationship. Those who are naturally more independent and who may be more self-assured prefer cats, because (like you said) they mirror their pets and their feelings are not easily thwarted if their feline friend refuses to give them attention or ignores them on any given day. What do you think?

    Any way, great article. Definitely loved it. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Mikel Delgado

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      Paula,
      I think you have so many great thoughts/questions that would make a great study (or several!). Just how to assess peoples' pet preferences and emotional experiences/styles and need for control would be fascinating. I personally have never seen cats as aloof in general - and I think that when cats are friendly, people tend to say they are "dog-like," but I would argue that many cats are just lovely! I think the big difference is the level of domestication and dogs just have cats beat on that one. I personally think that we can make up for their lack of domestication when cats are well-socialized, but most cats are severely undersocialized and their potential as pets is unrecognized. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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