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Are you a cat or dog person?

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MissAdventure Sun 06-Sep-20 14:20:49

Or maybe both?

Most people I've met are one or the other, even if they love all animals.

Do you think it ties in with being an extrovert/ introvert?

biba70 Tue 22-Sep-20 16:43:24

definitely both

Oopsminty Sat 19-Sep-20 19:56:05

Dogs, dogs, dogs.

Absolutely adore them

benhunt Sat 19-Sep-20 19:50:45

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Alioop Sun 13-Sep-20 20:51:16

I'm a doggie person. Love all animals, but have always loved having a dog. Now I'm on my own, I'm thankful for my furry friend. Makes me exercise, have something to talk to and makes me smile. They give you so much love, they are great.

BlueSky Thu 10-Sep-20 23:35:49

Dogs every time! Weird as I used to love cats but for me now there is no comparison with the affection and personality of a dog, they become family members!

Charleygirl5 Tue 08-Sep-20 14:14:39

I adore my cat but I think I am an extrovert.

TwoWolves Tue 08-Sep-20 14:08:23

Cats every time. I've had cats since I was six years old and would never be without. There may be something to be said about the introvert/extrovert thing. I'm an introvert and a bit of a loner, and most of the people I meet with dogs always seem to be chattier.

LauraNorder Tue 08-Sep-20 13:59:00

Definitely a dog lover, wasn't allowed a pet in my house proud mother's home. As soon as I married we had our first labrador and have had at least one ever since, until April when our little Maggie died.
I like cats and cuddle those of friends but have never had a cat because I have a very real terror of mice and I know they like to bring little gifts, shudders.

grandtanteJE65 Tue 08-Sep-20 13:45:11

I have had cats all my life and dogs when I was a child.

I had wondered when we moved to a house in the country, whether we should get a dog, but having elderly cats we decided not to.

Coming up for 69, so perhaps its too late for a dog?

Casdon Mon 07-Sep-20 21:45:27

Love both, but although my dog is so much more needy, he’s also incredibly bright and intuitive and really cares about us his family. Cats aren’t domesticated in the same way, give them a few hundred thousand years and maybe they will be? (Yes I do have a cat as well).

Hollyhock1 Mon 07-Sep-20 20:51:15

I've had a cat for nearly all my adult life but I really long to have a dog! We currently have an 8yr old cat who I hand reared - she's the most fierce cat I know! Can't stroke her or pick her up or she'll bite- she basically lives here and lives a life of luxury. She's also very nervous so am reluctant to ruin her life by adding in a dog. Has anyone noticed a huge rise in the price of puppies? Our local rescues can't keep up with demand either.

52bright Mon 07-Sep-20 20:45:45

Definitely dogs. Both dh and I had dogs as children. They lived to ripe old ages and enhanced our childhoods. When dd was aged 9 we aquired a mixed breed puppy who needed a home. Came from a farm. Half border collie half don't know what. We wanted a dog but the farmer only had a bitch left. He wasn't too pleased that his valuable border collie bitch had got out and somehow got pregnant. Just wanted the puppy off his hands. She turned out to be the most loyal, protective and intelligent dog ever. Lived until she was 17. We were so devastated when she died that we decided we couldn't face having another dog. That was until two years ago when the dog we have now needed a home. A small labradoodle. Standard lab mated with minature poodle. She was 10 months old and so nervous when she came to us. So many lovely dogs need homes. My third, counting my childhood one, all crosses needing homes and all amazing pets.

TheFrugalPiggy Mon 07-Sep-20 20:42:17

Dogs are a must for me but I do like cats. I've had three cats but each one has ended badly and I can't deal with the pain.

Iam64 Mon 07-Sep-20 20:39:39

He sounds a real character Chewbacca. They''re the one's who bring so much happiness and fun into our lives. All my dogs have been special but the recently deceased big poodle x working lab was very special. High prey urge so I had to increase my training abilities to make sure she stayed with me. Full of personality - the house feels twice the size without her

Chewbacca Mon 07-Sep-20 20:35:05

Despite my love of cats, I don't currently have one with me. I think I'm waiting for a replica of my dear old ginger Tom to come along. He came to me as a rescue cat and was one of life's fighters; dogs, other cats, children and most adults; he showed no distinction, he'd chase and bite them all. He was the best hunter I've ever known, rats, mice, frogs, other people's dinner, every day he hunted something and dragged it home to me. His ears looked like they'd been cut out with pinking shears, they were so ragged and scarred. Whilst everyone was terrified of him, with good reason, he was the most loving, affectionate little thing with me and he trusted me implicitly to dress his wounds and give him yet more antibiotics for his war wounds. I still miss him.

Iam64 Mon 07-Sep-20 20:21:05

I have lived with dogs for 71 years, with a break between 18 - 25 when my first spaniel joined me. Since then, I've had one, two and occasionally three dogs living with me. Great loss in the past 18 months two of my dogs died, most recently a much loved 12 year old standard poodle x working lab. A very intelligent and biddable girl, with an affectionate, easy going personality.
Currently down to one young spaniel but who knows what life will bring.
I had three cats over about 20 years but we moved onto a main road at a point of no cats and I wouldn't want to bring one here, too risky. A friend has pedigree cats and I'm very taken with her American Coon cat, he's a bit like a dog.

Grandma70s Mon 07-Sep-20 16:08:05

Cats, very definitely cats. They are so exceptionally beautiful and graceful. They are fastidious. They are cuddly but independent. They always seem to have hidden depths, though that is probably my imagination. Dogs to me seem very dependent, always needing attention. I feel the same about similar types of people.

PinkCakes Mon 07-Sep-20 15:52:01

I like all animals, but I LOVE cats. I'm an introvert.

lovebeigecardigans1955 Mon 07-Sep-20 13:53:10

I'm a cat lover by nature though I had to get used to dogs (bit scared of them since childhood) after my sister got one - it was either that or never visit her again.

I think introverts are more likely to like cats.

Oldwoman70 Mon 07-Sep-20 13:49:57

Love cats - tolerate dogs! In my defence I was attacked by a dog when I was around 3 years old which left me with a great fear of them. I overcame that but not enough to want to own one

Sparklefizz Mon 07-Sep-20 13:46:56

I'm definitely cat woman! I have had some truly wonderful little rescue cats during a lifetime of cats - the longest I have ever in my life been without a cat was 6 months. I grew up with them. A house is not a home without a purring welcoming cat.

mrsgreenfingers56 Mon 07-Sep-20 13:44:40

Cats most definitely. Never really been a dog fan at all, they smell so much, bark for nothing, seem to be out of control (last two owners fault not the dogs). A cat can be so cuddly and can be left for a few days if you go away but each to their own.

Curlywhirly Mon 07-Sep-20 13:40:01

Love them both, but dogs are my favourite. The welcome I get from our labrador (even if I have just popped upstairs for something!) is spectacular. She's very loving and tries her best to sit on my knee, which is difficult, as I am tiny and she isn't! But have to agree they are very needy and the dog hairs and constant hoovering drive me to distraction. My son has a cat who sometimes behaves just like a dog; he runs downstairs to greet me and is very loving, pawing me to give him head rubs. He purrs away, quite happy to sit on your knee and be fussed. If I wasn't so houseproud (sad I know) I would have a houseful of animals.

Charleygirl5 Mon 07-Sep-20 13:08:49

My cat usually sleeps in another room. I had major surgery last year and when I went to the loo x2 during the night using crutches. My cat miraculously appeared and escorted me there, waited outside the door, escorted me back to bed and then retired to bed again.

She decided, a few weeks later when I could probably manage on my own!

She is a rescue cat, had 2 awful homes before she was two and I think she is appreciative of her home where she can come and go as she pleases but I keep her in each night.

Witzend Mon 07-Sep-20 12:56:36

We’ve had cats and I’ve loved them, but if I had to choose it’d definitely be a dog. Nobody else is ever going to be so pleased to see you, even if you’ve only been gone for 15 minutes.

Having said that, they’re much more of a tie than cats, which is why we don’t have one any more - you can’t go out for the day to a non doggy place without making arrangements. And until the dreaded virus we did go away quite a lot, and kennels around here are v expensive and often need to be booked well in advance.

I wouldn’t have another cat, though. Dh spends a bomb on bird food and our garden is always full of them. It’s quite enough having to chase off the odd neighbour’s cat, lurking in the undergrowth and hoping to pounce.