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Monday, September 25, 2006

Cat People and Dog People by Maureen McMahon

Are you a cat person, or a dog person? Why is it cat people can be dog people, but dog people rarely want anything to do with cats?

Cats are independent. Dog people call cats ‘sneaky.’ They don’t like the idea cats can figure out how to get up on the kitchen counter while you’re not looking and make off with the entire fish you were preparing for dinner. They also don’t like the fact cats are nocturnal and can actually see pretty well in the dark. Fear of the unknown leads dog people to mistrust cats. “Will that damn cat decide my bare feet are prey on my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night?” or “Why do cats have to terrorize their victims to death?”

Dog people are offended at the thought of a creature enjoying the torment of another. But cats don’t consider this one way or the other. To them, it’s just another wind-up toy to chase. If there’s a God, then God made them that way. Perhaps mice are really people who’ve terrorized others in a previous life and must now reap their just rewards. The next cute, furry mouse you see may, in fact, be the reincarnation of Hitler.

Dogs. Well, what can I say about dogs? They’re blissfully ignorant side-kicks who don’t really care about anything except their reproductive organs, where and how often they can urinate, food, a chewed, slimy rubber ball, and their unfounded adoration of two-legged creatures they don’t even understand. Most people say dogs aren’t sneaky. This may be because they make enough noise to alert an entire neighbourhood if they get up on the kitchen counter to steal the fish. What’s worse, if they do manage to grab the fish, they’ll end up having to be rushed to emergency before they choke to death on the bones. They’re not nocturnal, so if they try to chase your feet in the night, they’re libel to run into the wall instead. And they don’t terrorize their prey, they simply rip them to shreds or leave them maimed and wishing they were dead.

As you’ve probably guessed, I’m a cat person. That said, I do have (and love) dogs – but I don’t expect them to be as smart as cats. Cat’s can look after themselves. If they aren’t fed on time, they can find some small creature to eat. If they’re dirty, they give themselves a bath. A dog would starve to death or die of filth without us.

But whether you’re a dog or cat person, we all still have one thing in common: Having a furry friend to love when we get home makes life a lot more pleasant.


At 8:21 PM, September 28, 2006, Blogger Elizabeth Delisi said...

You know, I think I'm both! I love cats for their purring, their winding around your legs and crawling into your lap, and their independence. And I love dogs for their slavish devotion, their willingness to play and desire to be near you always. That's probably why I have one of each!

But I have to say, the independence of cats is a great trait, it means they need less care. They'll take affection when you bestow it, and act like they didn't really want it after all when you don't. ;-)


At 9:46 PM, September 28, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

You all already know I'm a cat person. Dogs are okay to a point--but that point stops at my front door. Dogs are dumb, cats are smart. And Texas and Toby who run this house and everyone in it like boot camp, agree with me 100%

Chris--who suspects she may have been brainwashed

At 5:41 PM, September 29, 2006, Blogger Kim Cox said...

Liz, you took the words right out of my fingets. LOL I have one of each too, and they get along well together.

I was and am a dog person, but I consider myself both now. I used to not care for cats much, but I've had two cats in the last 22 years that I love dearly.

That's all I'll say for now, because I plan my next post to be about my cat.



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