What is the difference between a cat owner and a dog owner?

What is the difference between a cat owner and a dog owner? A complex question to which a simple answer cannot be provided.

I’ve got some personal views about this. We’ve got to be careful not to stereotype people; pigeonhole them into one bracket or category for the simple reason that the answer to the question in the title is not black and white. There is a spectrum of personality types providing care for their cats and …

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Cat owners with negative feelings are more likely to report cat problems

Neurotic cat owners perceive their cat differently

Human character can be categorised in five ways which must overlap to varying extents. They are: Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Neuroticism and Openness. I want to look at the penultimate character trait: neuroticism. It sounds very negative and critical but I think you’ll find that psychiatrists define neurotic people as those who have negative thoughts …

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The good human face of an anti-declaw politician

Gwendolyn W. "Wendy" Gooditis

I’m speaking about Gwendolyn Wallace Gooditis. She is an American real estate agent and politician. She is a Democrat and was elected to represent Virginia’s 10th House of Delegates district in the Virginia House of Delegates. I bet she is a good real estate agent because she looks so honest. It’s nice to have …

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What sort of human personality does a domestic cat prefer?

My cat snuggling up to me on my dressing gown

I want to try and get into the head of domestic cats and ask what sort of human personality type they prefer in a caregiver. There’s been quite a lot of discussion about the personality of a typical ‘cat person’. They are said to be “graceful, subtle, independent, intelligent, thoughtful and mysterious” in one …

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Neurotic people are poorer cat caregivers than agreeable people

Cat owner's personality affects cat behavior

I think that this scientific study is telling us what we probably already know but it has some value nonetheless. As I understand it, it is more or less saying that people suffering from neuroticism are going to be less good at taking care of a companion cat than somebody who is better balanced …

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All domestic cats suffer from Asperger’s syndrome? Discuss.

Asperger's child

The idea that all domestic cats suffer from Asperger’s syndrome is based on their character. The domestic cat character is like that of a child diagnosed with Asperger’s which is an umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. So, what is this character? Answer: difficulties with social interaction and nonverbal communication together with restricted and …

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10 thoughts on how to make your cat less timid

Wallflower cat

I’m going to rely on Chapter 19 of Jackson Galaxy’s book Total Cat Mojo to answer the question in the title. Jackson calls timid cats “Wallflowers”. They are wallflowers because of their genetics, perhaps a lack of early years socialisation, threats in the environment or a combination of all these. This is a long …

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