The Never-Ending Battle Between Cats and Dogs
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Are you a cat person or a dog person? For some reason, society dictates that you must be one or the other, and there is a constant argument between the two groups on who is right on the question of which species is better.
Leaving my personal bias aside as best I can, science indicates that dog people may be on the right track. The General Social Survey by NORC at the University of Chicago found that dog owners report being happier than cat owners: 36% of dog owners say they are “very happy” while only just 18% of cat owners do. In fact, dog owners are also happier than pet-less people and people owning both cats and dogs, making them the happiest people ever.
Of course, there are many other factors that contribute to an individual’s happiness besides having a furry, four-legged companion. But there are also some interesting correlations revealed by the survey, like the fact that dog owners are more likely to be married and own a home than cat owners – two reasons unrelated to having a dog that contribute to overall happiness. Other studies have also found that dog owners are “more agreeable, more extroverted and less neurotic” than cat owners, which again doesn’t show causation. Maybe you have to be less neurotic to be able to welcome wild puppy antics into your life, or maybe you become less neurotic after having dealt with such antics. Who’s to say?
The question of whether dogs or cats rule may never be answered. But for what it’s worth, I’m team dog.
Posted by Sylvie