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Are you a cat person or a dog person? If you’ve read any of the Magical Cats mysteries you’d probably be able to guess that although there are a lot of dogs that I like, I am definitely a cat person. I was curious about the differences between cat lovers and dog fans aside from their choice of pets. Here are a few of the things I learned.

  1. According to a survey from 2018 by Mars Petcare, cat people are more creative. Matisse was a cat person. So was Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Georgia O’Keefe, and Patricia Highsmith.
  2. According to the same survey, dog people are more active, more likely to be running, dancing or playing sports. This makes sense. Dogs need to be walked. Cats don’t.
  3. Both cat and dog fans believe having a furry friend is good for them. Turns out they’re right. Petting your cat or cuddling with your dog can help lower blood pressure.
  4. Cats are not exactly known for being good at doing what their humans want them to do. Turns out the same can be said for the humans. Cat people tend to be non-conformists, doing what’s expedient. Dog people are more likely to adhere to the rules.
  5. Dog people are more out-going and cat people tend to be more introverted.
  6. Dog people like sports and action movies. Cat people like to read, which likely explains the popularity of mysteries where the main character has at least one cat.
  7. A study at Ball State University found that cat people see themselves as being more independent. Since cats themselves are very independent it makes sense that the people who live with them would share the same quality.
  8. Both dog people and cat people tend to spoil their pets. Obesity is on the rise in both animal populations. The problem? Too many treats and not enough exercise.
  9. Dog lovers and cat fans both admit to talking to their pets. I talk to my neighbor’s cat, Mac, about what city council is up to on a regular basis. He has some strong opinions on bike lanes and zoning issues.
  10. Stanley Coren, author of Why We Love the Dogs We Do, found that dog lovers are more likely to be married with children and living in a house. Cat people are more often found in apartments and condos. And dog people are more likely to welcome a cat into their home than cat owners are to welcome a dog into theirs. (Well, they do have all that extra space!)

So what do you think? Are these characteristics correct or way off base? And what about you? Are you a cat person or a dog lover? Or maybe some of both?

About Sofie Ryan

Sofie Kelly is a New York Times bestselling author and mixed-media artist who lives on the East Coast with her husband and daughter. She writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries and, as Sofie Ryan, writes the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat mysteries.