Personality Trait: Neurotic
If you get stressed out easily, you may be a cat person. Cat people were 12% more neurotic than dog people. Neurotic people are:
If dogs tend to be energetic, faithful, and easy to get along with, well, so do the people who love them. But survey author and psychologist Sam Gosling, PhD, admits that the differences between cat and dog people arent huge. “There are certainly many, many cat people who are extroverts and many, many dog people who arent,” Gosling says.
Do you prefer to spend time on your own? Always game to try new things? Then you could be a cat person. The survey found that cat owners were more likely to be curious, unconventional in thinking and actions, and more prone to worry than dog people.
Nearly half of those who took the survey call themselves dog people. Just 12% say they are cat people.Â How many people love both cats and dogs? A little more than a quarter of the group. Overall, pet lovers rule the nation.Â Just 15% of people said they dont like cats or dogs.
Personality Trait: Open
Are you open to trying new things? Cat people were 11% more likely to be open, according to the survey. Open people tend to be:
Doggie Upside: Loving and Loyal
Dogs have rightfully earned their reputation as manâs best friend. No matter the size or breed, a dog provides a lifetime of love and loyalty. Dogs are social animals, and they thrive on human companionship. Certain breeds, such as Rottweilers, also make excellent protectors.
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
The saying goes youre either a cat person or a dog person, with some people having very strong views on which is the better four-legged friend.
But if youre unsure of your favorite, or constantly defend your choice against others, now an optical illusion promises to reveal which animal youre subconsciously drawn to.
The , created by Jackpotjoy, features two distinct profiles: a two-toned long-eared spaniel, and a pair of cats sitting next to each other. Whichever animal you see first will supposedly reveal which creature youre more drawn to.
Jackpotjoy said: “According to psychologists, people who favor dogs are more likely to be loyal and friendly, playful, easy to get on with and often outgoing too.
“They typically like to socialize with loved ones and enjoy companionship. They are also more likely to be protective in their relationships and very loving.
“It is said that they can get lonely if they dont have company, but they do tend to look on the bright side of things.”
But if you see the cats first, this means: “In contrast, people who prefer cats are said to be more goal-oriented and motivated.
“Cat people may also be attention-seeking at times but can be born leaders who are creative and always on the lookout for the next opportunity.”
The chart below, provided by Statista, shows Americas most popular pets. You will find more infographics at
Figures on U.S. pet ownership statistics, from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), covering 2017-2018, showed 48.3 million households had a dog.
That worked out to 38.4 percent. Meanwhile, some 31.9 million households are home to a feline, which works out to 25.4 percent.
Regardless of whether you are team cat or dog, our furry friends are an important part of many families, and we form strong emotional bonds with our familiars throughout the years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged animals can also “help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship.”
They improve our health in other ways too, as the site went on to explain: “Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets is linked to several health benefits, including: Decreased blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and symptoms of PTSD.
“Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities; better cognitive function in older adults; and more opportunities to socialize.”