Trending This Week: Are You Bi-petual?

Are you a dog person, a cat person, or someone with no particular preference?

After an ABC News special last week cited a study at the University of Texas that shows there is a difference between cat people and dog people, this appears to be the question of the week. Dog people are reportedly more extroverted, more agreeable and more conscientious. Cat people are said to be less traditional, more creative and more neurotic. Some people even say that cat people are more intelligent. So what does that say about those of us who are bi-petual? I’m almost scared to ask.

I would say I am bi-petual, but I don’t think I was born this way. I was raised with only dogs. My parents bought into that theory that cats are aloof and only give you the time of day because you feed them. Not so, say I, now that I know better. Ask anyone who has ever snuggled down with a tabby even when there was no food up for the offering. They can be just as loving as dogs – only on their time. But I didn’t find this out until I was married and had moved out on my own. I wanted to find out if all the mystique about cats was true. It didn’t take me long to figure out I could fall in love with a cat just as easily as I could with a dog.

My husband, on the other hand, always believed he was a dog person – will still tell you that he is. However an often traveling lifestyle doesn’t bode so well with being a dog owner, so he's had to improvise. The reason being cats are more independent and can take care of themselves for a day or two at a time. Not so dogs, they are definitely higher maintenance. So he’s learned to care for the feline only members of the household. However, he definitely has a greater fondness for the one cat that fetches. I have to confess, though, every now and then I too get a hankering to going back to a bi-petual household. Maybe one day!

So what about you? Do you have a particular pet preference or are you also someone who isn’t scared to admit that you too are bi-petual? And what does that say about our character?

Joyce Keeton March 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Definitely more of a dog person but I don't have any dislike for cats. It's just that I relate better to dogs and understand them. It may be that I have an advanced education in dog behavior, but I feel I had a connection with dogs prior to going to school for my certification. I tend to agree with the study. My experience is that dog people are more extroverted. See all those dog people out at the parks with their dogs? I don't see too many cats out there. Have you ever been to a cat show vs. a dog show? Cat shows are almost silent where dog shows are buzzing with conversation and activity. Although, I have seen agility at cat shows so that does step the activity up a notch. I think bi-petual people are just more open to the opportunities and experiences having different types of animals can afford. People are not one-sided so why can't they be extroverted sometime and introverted at others? By the way, we at The Dog Spot now get to love on kitties too so we fit are definitely bi-petual.
Sharon Swanepoel March 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I like that Joyce - open to opportunities. As a bi-petual person I'll take it!
Gina March 12, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Another bi-petual here. Always had dogs growing up, then along came the cats. Now, I can't imagine my house any other way.
David Binder March 12, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I had dogs & cats growing up as well. Although allergic to my feline friends. I grew up in a family that used to breed & show AKC Cocker Spaniels. Thus started what I guess you'd call my love of dogs. Well enter middle age and that love has blown into a full grown passion. Being married to a (wonderful) woman who shares this passion is like throwing gasoline on my fire. LOL. I believe Patchers that know me know what I'm talking about. For those not familiar with "PugDaddy", my wife & I live in a house brimming with love. 10(!!) wagging tails greet me at the door when we come home. We call them "fur-babies". They are all well cared for & spoiled rotten. (I blame it on empty nest syndrome). All but 2 are rescues. So add to the 5 pugs a pug-beagle (puggle) mix, a Boston mix, an American Eskimo dog, a black Pomeranian, and our latest a border collie-greyhound mix. Each with a story to tell. Each brings a much different personality to the pack. My wife & I are very active with several dog rescue groups. They call us "foster failures" because we take in the dogs to foster out & find forever homes but end up falling in love & making them part of OUR family. Our border collie mix may still be available, to just the right home. So I guess the question is, does having this much love under one roof qualify me as "bi"-petual ?
Sharon Swanepoel March 12, 2012 at 09:06 PM
David, from what I know of you and your wife I would have to classify you as "perpetual" - animal lovers that is!


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