I recently read this satire article about cats on the huffington post, ‘Sorry, But Your Cat Is Actually A Total Jerk. It’s Just Science.’ It discussed how ‘every cat is an asshole’ basically (View below media for proof). And in the past…I would have totally agreed.
As an avid dog person, I did not have much time for cats. I would not go out of my wayto avoid hitting a cat in harms way on the motorway, if you know what I’m saying. No, only joking!! Of course I would. I have respect for all animals however it’s just that I have never had an affinity towards cats.
However of late, I have found myself ‘liking’ cats? I’m pretty sure it all started out with ‘grumpy cat’. I actually loved (love) this cat. There was something about it’s damaged soul that drew me to him/her (I don’t know the gender?). I wanted to pet grumpy cat and make it’s pain all better. After that well…I was trying to find ‘grumpy cat’ in every cat. I then found myself looking adoringly at these little furballs and thinking they were cute? When in the past, I would never find anything ‘cute’ about an animal that would hiss at you and try to claw your eyes out every time you try to hug it.
So it raised some interesting questions for me about why my preferences were altering in regards to these little felines and what was that saying about me? Was my personality changing? Instantly, I conjured up all the typical stereotypes one has about ‘cat owners’. Was I becoming increasingly more ‘anti-social’ with my old age. Was I nearing some personal, social crisis in my life that would require the comfort from 15 purring, annoying cats that seemed to bring solace to other ‘cat ladies’ out there? What did it mean? So of course, I used our trusty and credible friend ‘google’ to do some research….as you do whenever you are worried about serious issues (google Dr anyone?) Fast Facts on Cat vs Dog People General: 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: 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: 30% more likely to enjoy slapstick humor and impressions Cat people: 21% more likely to enjoy ironic humor and puns
- Dog people are 30 percent more likely to live in a rural area.
- Cat people are 29 percent move likely to live in an urban area.
- Dog people are 24 percent more likely to have kids.
- Cat people are 33 percent more likely to prefer taking care of a friend’s kids than a friend’s dogs.
- Dog people are 18 percent more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle.
- Cat people are 25 percent more likely to consider George Harrison their favorite Beatle.
- Dog people are 9 percent more likely to think of zoos as happy place.
- Cat people are 10 percent more likely to be active on Twitter.
Compelling stuff I know! But what does this reveal about me though? That I am an introverted, clingy yet brainy (I have a degree remember), pun loving, urban dwelling, dog hating, George Harrison loving, twitter posting individual? 😐 Do any of these insights really give us insight into a person? We surely aren’t that easy to predict or define based on some generalisation and stereotypes. Hmmm? Who knows! Perhaps I’ll ponder all these curiosities and more, in my jammies, as I snuggle up in bed and browse through my twitter feed whilst I polish off my university degree! Carry on everyone! Just random musings from me….