This is a survey that would have been quite interesting to see in full, but even this small extract in japan.internet.com from a survey by goo Research into cat people and dog people was rather enjoyable.
Between the 4th and 6th of June 2012 1,091 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.5% of the sample were male, 15.9% in their teens, 17.8% in their twenties, 21.7% in their thirties, 16.2% in their forties, 16.2% in their fifties, and 12.2% aged sixty or older.
I’m a cat person, for many of the reasons listed below. Dogs are friendly because they see you as their leader, but cats like or dislike you just because they can, so to have cats sit on your lap is a sign of mutual trust, unlike a canine’s genetically-programmed hierarchical response.
Q1: Which do you prefer, cats or dogs? (Sample size=1,091)
Dogs 56% Cats 30% Dislike them both 12% Other 2%
The dog people were asked why they liked dogs, and some of the main reasons were they are charming and loveable, obedient and loyal, clever and easy to train, and reliable. Furthermore, they were asked what they thought of cats, and some of the answers were that cats were egotistical, they are only friendly when it suits them, and they cannot communicate their intentions.
On the other hand, cat people liked that cats were free and did what they wanted to do, they weren’t submissive, they lived their lives at their own page, and they don’t get too close or too distant. For their impressions of dogs, cat people found it tiring being close to a dog, a lot of bother to take them for walks, and their howling was scary.
Next, out of the original sample, 114 people, or 10.4%, had either a pet dog or cat and either a smartphone or a tablet. They were asked the following.
Q2: Have you ever used an app that features dogs or cats? (Sample size=114)
No 58.0% Yes 31% Don’t know, forgot 11%