Dog People Vs. Cat People Survey Results


A few days ago, I conducted a very scientific poll of my readers to see how many of you are cat people and how many are dog people. First, I’d like to thank the 23 people who actually took the time to play along with my shenanigans. That said, these are your results.

1 – Do you prefer cats or dogs?

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Way more of you consider yourselves dog people than cat people. Based on the research, people who prefer both are much more like people who only own dogs, while people who don’t like cats or dogs are more like cat people. So, I’ve lumped the answers together as follows: 17 of you are dogs, while only 6 are cats.

2 – You currently have

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While more of you consider yourselves dogs, the actual pet ownership is split almost right down the middle with 12 of you as cat people and 11 as dog people. Again, based on the data, people who own both are more like dog people and people without pets are more like cat people.

3 – There are          other people in your household.

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Only two of you are true cat people who live alone with your cats.

4 – Introvert vs. extrovert

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We’re a very introverted bunch of cat people.

5 – Traditional vs. unconventional

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Only four of you are traditional dog people.

6 – Crying during movies

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The way this broke pretty evenly surprised me a bit. You’re mostly more sensitive cat people than not.

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You’re a very forgiving bunch of cat people, too, since the vast majority of you were willing to live and let live.

8 – How do you use social media?

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The majority of you are reserved cat people.

9 – Dirty dishes go where?

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I’m impressed that even two of you cat people answered honestly.

10 – A cop pulls you over

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You’re a mainly law abiding group of dog people.

11 – At a party

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I’ll be in the corner with you, cat people.

12 –  Your neighbors are circus performers

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You’re an open-minded bunch of cats.

13 – Vacation planning

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Really? More of you are doggy planners than feline wingers?

14 – Can I pet you?

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I’m going to put the one person who skipped this question down as a cat person.

Overall, the results broke down as follows:

  1. 74% dog
  2. 82% cat
  3. 91% dog
  4. 87% cat
  5. 82% cat
  6. 52% cat
  7. 87% cat
  8. 78% cat
  9. 91% dog
  10. 78% dog
  11. 52% cat
  12. 61% cat
  13. 57% dog
  14. 64% cat

It looks like the cats have it since 9 of 14 questions went their way, though a few of them were very close and could have gone to the dogs placing y’all squarely in the half dog, half cat category like me.

So, what have we learned from these shenanigans? Well, we’ve learned that polls, especially polls with such a small sampling, are really bunk, and that generalizing people and pets rarely leads to reliable results. However, I think we can safely say that most of us are a mixture of both and that the traits of our pets aren’t necessarily our own.