Do You Know What Your Pet Says About You?

Are You A Dog Person Or A Cat Person?

Here’s a look at the differences between dog people and cat people. While there are more and more households with both feline and canine family members today than ever before, there’s still a pretty big discrepancy for many people. Let’s take a look at the difference between dog people and cat people.

The Dog Person

Dogs are the most popular pet in the U.S., with 39 percent of U.S. households claiming a canine companion as a member of their family.

For dog lovers around the world, it is obvious why (we just think everyone should have a rescue dog).

A study conducted by the University of Texas found that the people who define themselves as dog people tend to be more extroverted, more agreeable and more conscientious than cat people.

It was even found that dog people tend to be “the most fun to be around,” when compared to all other people with pets.

Seeing the number of dogs and their parents out at the beach, surfing, hiking, and walking around town, we can understand this deduction.

Researchers believe that dog people tend to fall into this category because they want a companion to join them on their social outings and a reason to talk to strangers.

A truly random study found that dog people are 18 percent more likely to choose Paul McCartney as their favorite Beatle (the best Beatle) than cat people (cat people pick George Harrison, a noble choice).

Who knew so many characteristics rely on your choice of best friend!

The Cat Person 

Calm down cat people, we know it isn’t all about the dog. Cats make it a close race, coming in behind dogs for the spot as second most popular pet in U.S. households.

A whopping 33 percent of households are home to these bundles of fun and attitude. Though cat households are more likely to have more than one cat than dog households.

The Texas study found that, compared to their dog-loving counterparts, cat people tend to be much more creative and adventurous. These pet parents are more prone to more neuroticism and some anxiety, though.

Like cat, like parent, we suppose!

Not to worry, oh anxious cat lovers. There are other fun facts in your favor. For example, cat  people have been found to be the most dependable and emotionally sensitive.

These feline fanatics are the good listeners everyone is looking for in a friend. No guarantees they’ll purr for you though.

– via One Green Planet

What Does Your Pet Say About Your Work?

Did you know that there are certain trends that can be found between the type of pet you own and the type of work that you do? Here’s a look at some of the most interesting survey results about the correlation between pets and work.

Careerbuilder.com sponsored an online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, to determine trends in pet ownership as it relates to certain professions, annual salaries and level of job satisfaction.

The survey polled a limited sampling of 2,300 full-time employees in the U.S. who are also pet owners.

Survey results indicate that:

  • Employees in top-level positions (CEOs or senior vice presidents) are primarily dog owners.
  • Snake and other reptile owners are among the highest paid workers, earning six-figure salaries.
  • Bird owners are most likely to be satisfied with their jobs.

When it comes to career choices, the survey revealed some interesting trends:

  • Entertainers, IT professionals, those in the military, nurses and professors are more likely dog owners.
  • Doctors, lab techs, machine operators, personal caretakers and realtors tend to have cats as pets.
  • People working in the financial field, hotel and leisure industry, in farming/fishing/forestry careers, human resources and transportation are more likely to own fish.
  • Editors and writers, engineers, marketing and PR professionals, law enforcement officers and social workers prefer reptiles as pets.
  • Bird owners are found in administrative jobs, advertising, construction and sales.

What do your pets say about you?

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