Maybe, like me, you know that you consider yourself a cat person. But have you thought about how being a cat person might make you different from other people? Nowadays, the public tends to tag cat people as female (although that stereotype may be slowly changing), as being overly obsessed about our cats (hmmm, maybe true) and the word "crazy" is often attached to "cat lady." And we are often described in comparison to ...of course..."dog people."
So what does the science say about us? Are we quantitatively or qualitatively different from non-cat people? Are our interactions with our cats somehow unlike the interactions people have with dogs? Are we female,obsessed and crazy? Let's take a closer look at what the research to date has shown us.
Where are we?
First of all, a review of the scientific literature indicates that we are fewer in number than dog people (or at least we are harder to track down for the purposes of research), so we tend to be underrepresented in most research of the human-pet relationship. For example, a large study by Samuel Gosling and colleagues, looking at personality traits and identification as a cat person or a dog person found that only 11.5% of those who participated said they were a cat person (compared to over 45% identifying as a dog person). Another study of childhood attitudes toward pets showed that fewer subjects loved cats than those who loved dogs, and more people who are considering getting a pet are thinking of adopting a dog than a cat.