1. Cat owners describe themselves as ‘independent’
With tails in the air like they just don’t care, cats have always danced to their own tune. Cats are as independent as they come (until that tin of food is opened!) and it was only a matter of time until it rubbed off on their owners.
2. Dog owners describe themselves as ‘friendly’
A trip to the park is a major social event for dogs, who make friends easily thanks to their inherent pack mentality. Dog owners are no different. They don’t shy away from social situations and are more likely to feel at ease chit-chatting with strangers.
3. Dog owners are 15% more extroverted
An owner’s return home brings unbridled joy to a dog; their tails always betray their excitement. Enthusiasm like this is infectious, so it’s little wonder that dog owners are a more extrovert bunch, and are typically louder and more confident.
4. Cat owners are 12% more neurotic
Cats can sense when their owners are ill or feeling anxious, which makes having a cat an excellent form of therapy. Not only will their very presence make you feel calmer, the way they approach their day is a good guide for your own: stretch out, relax and don’t worry. It’ll be all right after a catnap.
5. Cat owners are seen as more artistic
While cat people can be more introverted than dog owners, clearly that time alone can lead to productive things. Cat owners are 11% more likely to be creative and non-traditional thinkers.
6. Dog owners pick Paul over George
Some studies are trying to show that your pet can even influence what music you listen to. Cat people are reportedly more likely to pick George Harrison as their favourite Beatle, while dog people lean towards Paul McCartney. Who knew?
7. Cat owners are surprisingly protective
It seems that even though having a cat encourages independence, as many as 35% of American cat owners want to keep their pets safe and sound indoors and never let them outside.
8. Dog owners have a lower risk of heart disease
The next time your dog starts jumping with joy when you bring out their lead, you really should join in. That walk you’re about to go on will not only lower your risk of heart disease, but will also reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure. They’re not known as man’s best friend for nothing.
9. Cat owners have a lower chance of developing allergies
When cats enthusiastically rub themselves against your legs, it isn’t just out of affection or a desire for food. Those clever cats are also helping to boost your immune system, and are particularly great for triggering allergy immunity in babies. No wonder they were worshipped as gods in ancient Egypt!
10. Cat people tend to be couples, older people or live in urban areas
Cats are best for those of us with limited space, who work longer hours or are happy to share our living space with a companion who stays out all night, sleeps all day and treats the place like a hotel.
11. Dog owners tend to be families living in the suburbs or countryside
Energetic dog, energetic children and the great outdoors lead to the perfect puppy partnership. Studies show that whether you’re a dog person or a cat person often depends on geography, and it seems that dog owners want to make the most of green open spaces.
12. Cat owners are more educated
A cat’s independent nature often draws university graduates into owning a feline friend. Your demanding work and lengthy commute will rarely bother a cat as they love having the house to themselves… until it’s time for dinner!