Felines. Canines.

Marvin is completely obsessed with Tallulah. She can't click into a room without him remarking on her. "Look at my Lu!" "Hello, you cute thing!"

Sometimes I'll be sleeping and I'll hear him come in, and kiss the dog. Irritating.

I asked him yesterday, "Do you like the dog better than our cats?"

"Yes," he said.

"Even Winston?" Winston is perfect.

"I like Winston quite a lot," he said, "but I like dogs better than cats."

This bugged me, because all my life I've been a cat person and when people say they don't like cats I kind of look down on them. Kind of like how I judge people who say, "I liked that movie, but it was too long." Geez, grow an attention span.

When I'm being less judgy, I figure you don't like cats because you've never lived with one, so you don't understand them. You have to know how to approach a cat. It takes time.

Anyway, it occurred to me I talk a lot more about that dog than I do my cats, don't I? Could I be becoming a dog person?!

Which do you like better? Why?

65 thoughts on “Felines. Canines.

  1. I seem to always find myself living with at least one person who hates cats so to be fair, I’ve never actually lived with a cat.
    I still think I would prefer dogs because cats don’t really seem to care if you’re there or not. Dogs seem to need you more. I like to be needed. And yes, I’ve read Codependent No More, thank you very much.

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  2. Well, I was going to say both but after reading chinamommy’s comment, I’m never speaking to either of my dogs again. And hubby refuses to agree to adding a cat to the household. So it looks like I went from “both” to “neither”? Harsh.

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  3. I am a cat lover. Cats are low maintenance, can survive for several days without a human, and they are smart and never require a bath. Dogs bark, must have human care and would starve without a human to take care of them, they are too high maintenance, plus they stink and have to have baths. Give me a cat any day, I’ll skip the dog.

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  4. Cats for me. Dogs are too extroverted. I don’t *dislike* dogs, I had dogs as a child, and I can enjoy other people’s dogs. I just don’t want to live with dogs.

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  5. I don’t feel like I want to choose. I like both. My dog is awesome and my cats take turns being awesome. They all shed like crazy bastards.
    But, to be totally honest- I can’t stand a mean cat or a dumb dog.

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  6. We have always been dog people, then Meowbert came along. He changed my life 🙂 I guess I would be a cat person now, mainly because dogs are so demanding. Cats on the other hand want to be left alone except when THEY want to be petted etc. I was always allergic to cats. We could be in a room full of people and the cat would come jump on me and lick me. Now, I don’t mind-except for the rough tongue thing.

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  7. I’m a best of both worlds lady. On my own I’ve always had cats and loved the quiet reading/napping together snuggles and companionship and watching them play shows them off at their most charming. I love my fiance’s dog as well, he’s got a lot of personality and is sooo much more affectionate but I’m glad I can just say “matt, take him out!” and it’s not my responsibility. I’ve also had some rabbits which were as tame and mellow as my cats and a hamster I trained to jump little hamster hurdles. I’ll start to love any fuzzy that shares my home-space.

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  8. I can’t really choose sides. I’ve always considered myself a cat person, becuase I’ve had cats my whole life and I’ve never had a dog. But I really love dogs, and my husband is deathly allergic to cats (that’s how I knew it was love, when I decided I was willing to send my cat to live with my parents in order to keep the guy) so when we do get a pet, it’ll be a dog. Hopefully that will be soon. I’ve been hounding him about it for like 2 years, but we just aren’t home enough to care for a dog … damn DC traffic, making our commutes an hour longer than they should be. Sigh.

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  9. CATS: i’ve never had my butt or “front” sniffed by a cat! Nothing makes me want to kill like the “outside dog” wiping his nose on my jeans-right in my butt crack. Also dogs beg to be loved like someone’s pathetic ex(thank God)husband… please, please, please love me, i’m nothing without you & your love, look at me all pathetic & begging for someone, anyone to love me- YUCK! don’t even get me started on the butt rub on the carpet, the leg “hugging” & the yucky eye boogers dogs always have….

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  10. I like both, and have both. But dogs are my favourite. My dogs love me more then anyone else in the world. They think I can do no wrong.

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  11. I have an incredibly needy yellow lab – you can’t turn around without tripping over her – and a neurotic cat I inherited from my mother who has chosen her person in the household and it ain’t me. I’d like to mix the two of their personalities and get a cag/cog or a dat/dot who enjoyed my presence in moderation.
    So I guess that puts me in the “both” camp.

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  12. I grew up with both cats and dogs. When I was married and the kids were small we had a dog and 3 cats. Now that I’m single and the kids are older it is just cats for us. They are easier to maintain than dogs. Maybe when the kids are all grown and gone I will get a dog for companionship, because most cats suck in that department.

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  13. Dogs, I think. I’ve never had a cat. I have a cavalier king charles spaniel. He sleeps all day, is soft, affectionate when he wants but otherwise aloof, and sleeps on the top of the sofa. All the best cat traits, but I can jog with him, and romp on the beach.

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  14. My stepmom gave me a cute little pillow years ago that says, “He who dislikes the cat, Was in his former life a rat.” Kinda sums it up for me. How could I not love my cats? They’re a reflection of me – independent as hell, sweet sometimes, bitchy sometimes, wonderfully sociable when they feel like it, perfectly content to just sit and be quiet sometimes, always surprising, always charming, the best part of my heart.
    I’m glad you and Marv had such a pretty day at Chinqua-Penn. I grew up not too far from there and love that place. It looks so perfect on that patch of Carolina soil, don’t ya think? Years ago one fall morning, my mom and I spent time there talking to old Mr. Talley, the gardener… his greenhouses were full of the most beautiful poinsettias he’d grown for Christmas decorations in the house. And June, you really have to go see the place in early May when the tulips are blooming – gorgeous!

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  15. Cats. No question.
    Cats don’t usually need conversation, either, not like dogs. I’ve only had one talkative cat in my life. The rest are like, “Feed, pet, and SHUT UP.”

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  16. Ever since I heard about the nursing home cat that predicts when people are about to die by curling up next to them, I’ve stayed far away from cats. Who knows if they’re jumping in your lap to love on you or if they’re trying to tell you something. Why risk it is what I’m thinking.

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  17. We have four cats and one giant dog, and I love them all! They all have very unique personalities. And I’ve said the same thing, June, about people who say they don’t like cats — they’ve probably never lived with one.

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  18. All day I have been writing pithy responses to everyone’s comments and NONE OF THEM ARE SHOWING UP on my blog. I hate everything. First I can’t email you back, and now I can’t respond on my blog. I’m blocked, I tell you! Blocked!

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  19. I love cats – always have – and equally love dogs. I don’t enjoy the care and feeding of a dog, so we’ve always stuck the feline variety of pet.
    BTW, going to SPCA tomorrow to pick up the newest member of our family. He’s not a kitten, but he’s still young-ish (about a year old).
    His name is Cosmo.

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  20. Such a hard choice! Cats can be left alone, with lots of food and a clean litter box, for a week when you’re on vacation and they still love you when you get home (mostly because they’ve been hard at work making you 7530 vomit piles while you’ve been gone). Dogs have the softest lips that are made for smooching, AND they could tear the trachea out of an intruder. It’s love/love in my mind, but my Border Collie is the closest thing to my soul mate on this planet. GAH, does that mean I have to switch to Team Lula???

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  21. I have 4 cats. And they walk on counters where your food will be and leave hair all over the place.
    I wonder why nobody ever comes over for dinner anymore?
    I love those cats.

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  22. Cat lover. I don’t like how dogs smell, come up to you, touch you, need to go outside, or chew up your things.

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  23. I’ve never lived with a cat, but any I’ve ever had contact with creeped me out. I get goose bumps and the hair on the back of my neck stands up. Plus, they like to crap in my flower beds and scream in the alley half the night, so I doubt we can ever really be friends.

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  24. I don’t like either one better than the other. I like cats because they require so little maintenance and the purring. I like dogs because of the looks of love and velvet ears.

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  25. Cats all the way….I simple cannot handle the smell of a dog, no matter how clean they are, or what kind, they have an odor that just does not bode well with me.
    Also, I find by keeping my cat indoors all the time I get to enjoy her and her personality so much more.
    Plus she is insane, a SPCA rescue, who is 6.5 pounds but will eat her body weight in beef jerky or chips and has tried to eat buttons and change. She is unique, crazy and adorable, which I find with most cats and is why I would pick them hands down any day over a dog.

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  26. I have always been a dog person because cats make me break out in hives and sneeze. I look like a fat crack hoe around cats. Also and too I love the fact you told people to grow an attention span! I think that all the time. 🙂 That I need to grow an attention span.

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  27. Not to sound like a butthead… but I love both. I love all animals so much that I can’t particularly claim whether I love cats or dogs more. I just want to love and care for any animal.
    However, MY husband loves to draw a line. He loves to say “You’re a cat person. And I’m a dog person.” Now he claims he doesn’t hate cats, though he is allergic to them. But he also loves to act like he doesn’t like them just to BUG me. And it works.
    Oh and we’re living with cats anyway. It could come to “Cats or husband?” Now THAT’S a blog topic!

    I’ll tell ya… cats would be my answer.

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  28. We have two cats and no dogs for many of the reasons stated above. We’ll probably never have dogs for the same reason we’ll never have kids: too much work. Plus we’d have to build a fence around the yard and that would take money from the beer coffer. And that’s not gonna happen.

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  29. We’ve tried dogs but they are just too needy for us. My husband always said we didn’t need a dog ’cause we had kids. However, we’ve had cats most of our married life (34 years). Usually two. We love that we can leave town for a few days and they are just lounging on the porch when we return.
    Our cats are indoor/outdoor. In other words, they come in to play with us and nap but go out at night and while we’re at work. No litter box unless you are a brand new baby kitten.
    I do enjoy dogs when they belong to someone else and don’t slobber on me.

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  30. Dogs all the way. We have 7 in my house. Yes, we’re THAT crazy family. Three were intentional, the rest were accidents.

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  31. We have 3 cats and a Yorkie. I have always been a cat person, and this is my first and last dog. She is sweet, but she smells like a dog. Even when she is clean.
    She is a TON more work too. All that in and out, and the feeding schedule. Also plus too, she seems to need to go to the vet an inordinate amout.

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  32. I’m a cat lover. Hubby is Not. We’ve had dogs since we got married and my Lab is my baby who knows that Mama loves her best but I miss having a cat.

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  33. Cats, because they’re cuter with more spunk. The whole loyalty and cheerfulness thing grows old, but cats are unpredictable! They’re fresh! They’re new! They’re grumpy! I myself have a grumpy cat named Blackie. She’s two. And she’s the BEST!!!

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  34. Did you see the movie Meet the Parents? Your topic reminded me of this conversation between Greg and his soon to be father-in-law Jack. Jack prefers cats, and Greg prefers dogs. Jack tells Greg (who is being constantly tormented by Jack in the movie), “Cats make you work for their affection, they don’t sell out the way dogs do… You prefer an emotionally shallow animal?”
    The conversation kinda haunts me because I do prefer an emotionally shallow animal. Cats are too much work, and they’re stuck up.
    When I was in 7th grade, I had to do a science experiment for Science class, and I was supposed to ask this very question “Do you prefer cats or dogs?” to 100 people in order for my results to be valid, Well. I didn’t really ask all of the people, I assumed that most people preferred dogs. I was a biased experimenter. I won third place, by the way.

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  35. I am a cat person. No way around it…always told the kids no to dogs because they drag there arses across the carpet. Oh karma…we have a new cat that I prophetically named “scooter”. The damn cat “scoots” his rear-end cross the carpet. I am soooo lucky. But I do love that darn cat…

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  36. We have cats now. One was raised with dogs and thinks he’s a dog. He’s very gregarious (but NOT a lap cat). His co-cat was a street rescue. She’s the poster child for prenatal nutrition, but has a beautiful tail.
    Our old dog, Otto, was a black lab mix with a curly tail. He lived to be over 16. Yeah, he was a pain, but I do miss him. Plus, cats won’t vacuum up crumbs on the floor.
    I think one can like “dogs” but you kinda have to take cats on an individual basis.

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  37. I love both dogs and cats. I like the aloofness of a cat and their independence. One of our cats, at 16 pounds, is a complete bed hog.
    The dogs? blindly loyal and hilarious. I can watch them all day, because they’re usually doing something. The cats? just sleep.

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  38. I’m pretty much a dog person through and through. I also had the sweetest kitty in the world, Venetia, who was snow white and had one green and one blue eye. She was spectacular. She was also double-pawed (very common in New England). She acted like a dog which was probably why I loved her so much. She adored people and being loved. Never once did she bite or claw anyone. She was a peanut.
    Dogs, however? Just the best. Sweet, funny, loyal, loving and mine are fairly independent as they are on the older side.

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  39. Ok. Fine. I’ll admit it and therefore end our non-existant relationship since you’ll probably defriend me after I admit it and then I’ll have to go out into blogland and create a whole new non-existant relationship with someone else. (How’s that run-on sentence for ya’? I figure I might as well go all out.) So, on the admitting part…..I’m a dog person. I really don’t like cats unless they’re someone else’s cats. Kind of like those people who don’t like kids unless they’re someone else’s kids, except I really do like kids and have 3 myself and a dog but no cats. Because like I said, I’m not a cat person. I’m a dog person. It’s been my personal experience that cats have attitudes. Really, they do. They can be quite moody, and I have even met some snobby cats. To be quite honest, there’s only enough room for one snobby bitch with an attitude in my house. 🙂 Which is probably why I’ve never gotten along with a cat. But I do love me my Winnie (our chocolate lab.) Because no matter how bitchy I am, Winnie will still love me and want to cuddle up with me.

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  40. Oooooh, I like them all. I know, don’t act so surprised. I thought I was a cat/big giant dog person until I got the Zali Lama, my Papillon. Loved him so much, we got Simone. I now have four dogs, one Maine Coon cat, thirty fish, three dwarf African frogs, three budgies and a Gouldian finch. Animals are simply the best.
    People have teeth and claws.

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  41. Oooooh, I like them all. I know, don’t act so surprised. I thought I was a cat/big giant dog person until I got the Zali Lama, my Papillon. Loved him so much, we got Simone. I now have four dogs, one Maine Coon cat, thirty fish, three dwarf African frogs, three budgies and a Gouldian finch. Animals are simply the best.
    People have teeth and claws.

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  42. Oooooh, I like them all. I know, don’t act so surprised. I thought I was a cat/big giant dog person until I got the Zali Lama, my Papillon. Loved him so much, we got Simone. I now have four dogs, one Maine Coon cat, thirty fish, three dwarf African frogs, three budgies and a Gouldian finch. Animals are simply the best.
    People have teeth and claws.

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  43. We have three dogs and 1 cat. I always thought I was a cat person for the most part until we got Max, our little Bichon. Now I am all dog and anti cat. Go figure.

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  44. After reading all the other comments, I would have to say I am easy. I like dogs. I like cats. I am happy living with dogs and cats. What I don’t like is pets who try to kill and/or eat each other.
    My cats stand at the kitchen sink to drink water and I don’t care. My cats lay all over my breakfast table and I don’t care. I do have to change the damn tablecloth every day, but it’s not a big deal to me. What I am saying is my standards seem to be much lower than the rest of you readers who like your counters and tabletops clean and cat fur-free.
    I have drawn the line at having pets that require other living creatures as their food source. My son had a Pac-man frog that was a HUGE PAIN IN THE ASS. It had to live in a big glass aquarium with a heating pad under only half of it, and a water thing to swim in but not too deep, and you had to mist it all the damn time and then . . . here’s the worst part; we had to go to the pet store and buy tiny baby goldfish, new-born baby mice, crickets, and mealworms to feed this guy. Which meant constantly going for new live food, right? My thinking is that if this frog had to go out in the wild and forage for his own food, he might have been extinct. Google Pacman frog or Argentine horned frogs to see what I mean. They are really cute, but never again. Not a pet I would recommend. I am so over a high-maintenance pet.

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  45. I’ve had a few cats, even an indoor cat and I just do not like them. It’s their attitude I think…just pisses me off. I have two dogs and they are sweet with no aloof attitude to deal with.

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  46. OK, Hulkster – you just don’t read the right articles. In the AARP magazine (OK I’m OLD…) there was an article about a cat who woke the family up when there was a gas leak in the house.
    Cats talk, cuddle, purr, don’t take up all of the bed and can live alone for a day or two. Unless they need 2x daily meds which mine now does…
    I do have to say my old dog Runtcelot (an Irish Wolfhound) THOUGHT he was a cat. He would play like a cat and jump on fences and run along the top. But he took up ALL of the bed – he was a BIG love sponge.

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  47. I think I like them each for different things. Dogs are loyal companions who will follow you anywhere and do anything you want them to do. A cat just hangs out and cuddles with you when you watch TV. Cats also are quite entertaining when they play around the house. I have 2 cats and a dog and I can’t say that I could pick one or the other…I like having both!

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  48. I love dogs. I have three. I’ve never been fond of cats. They are way too moody. You can be petting a cat and all of a sudden, they’ve had enough and they turn around and bite you. Also, their tongues feel like sandpaper. Cats are like a really bad date.

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  49. Hands down I’m a cat person. Their independence, their aloofness, their ability to sleep 23 hours a day, and the way they seek affection completely on their own terms seem like ideal character traits.
    We have two cats (they are SPCA sisters) and one dog (golden retriever). We love our dog too, but she demands much more attention.

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  50. Dogs. I’m allergic to cats. I mostly like them but some creep me out…the way they do that stare down thing and walk across the table I’m getting ready to eat on…that part. Eww.

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  51. How many stories have you seen where someone’s cat dragged them from the burning house?
    How many stories have you seen where the fire department had to rescue the dog from the tree?
    ‘Nuff said.

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  52. I much prefer our three cats to the two idiot, maroon dogs. Dogs constantly need something. Cats have always seemed more sophisticated and intelligent to me. And yes they make demands once in a while, but then they leave you alone and are content to just lounge on the couch next to you…or on you. Dogs are just ick…exhausting.

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  53. Absolutely a cat since that’s what I have tattooed on my wrist! They are so unique. When they love on you, you know it’s real since it’s on their terms. No fake loves just for a treat. And the independence is great, and I love that she doesn’t take up the whole bed at night! And they are just so beautiful and soft.
    But I like visiting other people’s dogs…

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  54. oh lordy. this isn’t even a debate in my world. cats have the clear smack down win. people say you can be both a cat lover and a dog lover at the same time. i don’t believe them.
    cats take life on their own terms like it or not. dogs do this weird hero worship thing – they obsess over their masters. i think it boosts someones ego to have something fawn over them in that way.
    cats also self maintain on a much higher level. you can go away for two days and not have to hire someone to sit for them.

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  55. My mom is allergic to cats, so we always had dogs growing up. My husband and I got a soft-coated wheaten terrier a few months after we got married. I do not recommend having to get adjusted to a puppy and a husband all at once. I tell him all the time its so obvious he loves the princess puppy more than me.

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