Some people prefer the excitement and slobber from a doggie companion. They are excited to see you, enjoy being in the outdoors, and are always down for an adventure. They love pleasing you and learning new tricks.
Dogs are loyal and lovable, so there’s no question why dog people love their cold nosed companion.
Cat people understand cats more than most. While a cat might not slobber and jump all over you when you get home, they share their affection with head nudges and earthquake purrs. Their loyalty might depend on their mood that day, or who’s feeding them, but the loyalty is there. Cats are independent and affectionate on their own terms.
Other people can’t commit to being a dog person or cat person because both animals have such great qualities. Whichever side you’re on, there are perks associated with being a dog person, a cat person, or someone who loves them both.
The Perks of Being a Dog Person
One of the many great things about owning a dog is that they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and temperaments. You can get a teeny tiny floof, or a giant teddy bear. You can find a dog to fit any situation and have them mold right into your life. Being a dog person means you get to come home to a pile of fuzzy love every day. Your dog wags its tail, smiles, slobbers, barks, and plays in a way that tells you they love you. Dogs have an amazing ability to emote their feelings, and that can be a comfort to many dog lovers. Also, dog people get to enjoy dogs at all stages — from bouncy puppies to steadfast seniors and everything in between. Dogs are loyal, loving, and committed to being whatever you need them to be. Dogs might actually love you more than you love them, as hard as that is to imagine.
Being a dog person also means you get the perks associated with owning a dog. Dog people tend to exercise more, stay healthier, and feel less stressed. Dogs have such an amazing effect on a person’s mental state that they are used in a whole slew of medical situations. For instance, military veterans can sometimes battle with many issues, and up to 22 veterans commit suicide every day. So, service dogs have been used in helping those battling PTSD and other mental health problems after their service. Dogs are also used to reduce stress for college students during finals week, make kids in pediatric hospitals smile, and comfort people feeling anxiety or depression. Dogs are basically magic, and dog people get to experience their magic every day.
The Perks of Being a Cat Person
Cats may not come in a variety as wide as dogs, but cats all have their own breeds, looks, and personalities. Cats can have the slim look of a siamese, the painted pattern of a calico, or the loving personality of a Sphynx. Your dog may need a big yard with a lot of space, but your cat is happy in an apartment. Cats love seeing their people just as much as dogs do, but show it differently. Cats love doing dolphin jumps to get petted, rubbing against their people’s legs, rolling on the floor for attention, and meowing to communicate. Cats show love in different ways than a dog does, but they definitely show love to their people.
Being a cat person means you also benefit from some of the same perks associated with owning a dog. Pets, in general, tend to make people healthier and happier. In 1950, only 8 percent of the U.S. population was 65 or older. In 2050, that number is projected to be 20 percent. Cats have become great companions in elderly care both in home and in facilities. Cats are lower maintenance than dogs, but still, offer many of the same stress-reducing effects as dogs. They are also gentler on the older population, and are content laying with them while they nap or read a book. From kittens to senior cats, they offer something for everyone at any age. They are lovable, sleepy, and adorable piles of fur that adore their owners.
The Perks of Loving Both Cats and Dogs
Dogs may love playing fetch and giving kisses, and cats love napping and nuzzling. For some people, they love having both of these perks. For people who appreciate what both dogs and cats have to offer, they are both. It’s hard to make the decision between tail wags and whiskers, so they don’t make the decision and live life loving both types of animals. Being both a dog and a cat person means you get the best of both worlds.
Both dogs and cats have options for insanely cute Halloween costumes, from a puppy latte to a kitty Princess Leia. Just be sure to keep your animal safe while celebrating. Both animals love to show affection, both love playing, and both offer health benefits. Coming home to a dog or a cat is coming home to an animal that loves you in a profound way, though they show it differently. Cats may seem more indifferent to their people, but cat people will tell you how cats show their love. Dogs may demand more attention than a cat, but dog people will tell you they love giving the attention they ask for.
Whether you’re a cat or a dog person, there are perks involved. And if you’re both person, you get all the perks ever. Having an animal is an experience that involves more love and happiness than most other relationships in general. There are so many dogs and cats that need homes. For the dog and cat people adopting them and giving them homes, they are doing a great service to both canine and feline communities. Not only that, you get the gift of giving belly rubs and butt scratches to their fuzzy family members forever. Whether you are a dog person, a cat person, or love both equally, you get the unconditional love of a pet that can’t be duplicated. The only people who are missing out are the people who aren’t pet people.
Chelsy is a writer from Montana who is now living in beautiful Boise, Idaho. She graduated with her journalism degree in 2012 from the University of Montana. She is passionate about animal rights, bad television, and white wine. She is a volunteer at Simply Cats in Boise.