Cat Parents Vs. Dog Parents: Survey Reveals Surprising Differences

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
Your choice of a four-legged best friend might speak more about your personality than you’re willing to admit.

It’s the age-old question: cats or dogs? Not everybody has the same idea of an ideal pet, and many people are quite vocal about their preference. For some, the energetic, lovable, and goofy temperament of pooches is a perfect fit. Others prefer the enigmatic nature, independence, and intelligence of cats. According to a new survey, the choice of their furry companion is not the only difference between two groups: cat people and dog people are more different than we previously thought.

Mars Petcare surveyed 1,000 dog owners and 1,000 cat owners in hopes to get a better understanding of what makes each group tick. Here’s what they found:

Pets Say a Lot About Your Hobbies

Cat people were more likely to focus on reading, gardening, and writing, whereas dog people prefer more lively activities in their free time: sports, yoga, dancing and traveling were the most popular.

Furry Snuggle Buddies Influence Netflix Viewing Habits

Yup, your choice of four-legged companion might be connected to your taste in flicks: kitty-loving people tend to prefer indie films and documentaries, while a dog person is more likely to spend the night in watching a rom-com, horror, or an action movie.

Cats Might Knead, But Dog Owners Have More Dough

Dog parents are twice as likely to work in the financial field and tend to earn more money on average than people who think of themselves as cat lovers, who are more likely to work in the creative field. It’s a good thing, though, as dog owners also spend more money on clothing, accessories, and entertainment.

Dog and Cat Owners Have One Thing in Common

…and that’s love for their pets. Both groups have confirmed that they tend to consider their fur baby’s needs when making plans, whether it’s choosing a vacation spot or a partner.

It’s great to see that, despite their differences, cat and dog owners agree on the important things- everything else is just details. And, let’s not forget that there’s a big group of people, which I belong to, that love both kitties and doggos, and nobody seems to be doing surveys about us- so, don’t take these results too seriously… even if there is a bit truth to them.

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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