The question is simple: Are you a cat person or a dog person?
Maybe your response is immediate. I grew up with dogs. Dogs are manâ€™s best friend. I have and always will be a dog person.
Then the cat person next to you scowls. Really? You prefer an animal that licks its own butt and rolls in excrement? Cats are clearly the better animal. They clean themselves and act independently. Iâ€™m a cat person.
You can tell a lot about what people value based on their answers to that question. Maybe it sounds like Iâ€™m drawing out some existential nonsense to a rather straightforward question, but consider for a minute why you enjoy your animal of choice. What traits are it that you prefer?
Cats are very independent. They clean themselves. If left to it, theyâ€™ll hunt and feed themselves. They donâ€™t give themselves flippantly to intimate relationships. When was the last time you called a cat, and she came bounding to you wagging her tail? Dog people would say cats are snobbish and prissy, but cat people know theyâ€™re just selective and prudent.
Dogs, on the other hand, are quite dependent. They bond with a master and rely on him for food, shelter and affection. They live in packs; even domestic dogs will continue to exhibit pack traits, believing their owner to be the alpha of the pack. Dogs are territorial and protective. Got a newborn baby in your house? Your dog may pee in the babyâ€™s room to say, â€œIâ€™ve got this. No one gets near the new one without my knowing.â€ Cat people would say dogs are gross and gullible, but dog people know theyâ€™re loyal and personable.
So, do you respect independence over loyalty? Would you rather have a guardian or a hunter? Are you a cat person or dog person?
You may be surprised to see that the same traits you value in animals, you also value in friends and family.
Let us know in the comments below: cats or dogs and why.
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