Having co-habited with many cats over the years, I've found them to be free-thinking and inquisitive, like atheists. Dogs seem to be more accepting, more willing to go along. I think this accounts for the fact that atheists tend to favor cats over dogs. (I'm not saying atheists hate dogs--just that we're better attuned to cats.) Comments?
I also dislike cats,but will make exceptions for a friendly indoor only cat.
I also like dogs,if they are not let outside to bark their brains out 24/7.
Most of my life,however,my main pets have been birds and various species of rodents.
And I challenge you to 1) drop the CAPS, thankuverymuch! and 2) acknowledge that tastes in companions and the nature of those companions are as different as the breeds of animals we trend toward.
Personally, I grew up with dogs: two German short-hair pointers and at least one Hungarian Vizla, terrific animals, all of them. Then, too, we lived in houses large enough to accommodate such animals. As an adult living in an apartment, I started out with a cat adopted by my roommate, then added another downstream before she and I parted ways. Those cats are as memorable to me as the two I lived with while I was married or the three I currently live with.
I have related elsewhere the greyhounds my mother has owned over the past 15 or so years, their gentle good nature and companionship. None of them were or are anything like a cat, really, but I value their presence and friendship as surely as I do that of my cats. If I don't own a dog right now, it owes mostly to the logistics of my current residence and the contents of my wallet or lack thereof.
I will insist that cats and dogs each have their own virtues, said virtues indeed varying with what specific breed of feline or canine you care to specify. I enjoy both for the qualities which give them their own identities and personalities and would no more expect a dog to act like a cat than I would expect YOU to act like me.
Not a chance. Last I looked, this is the Water Cooler, specifically a discussion regarding whether atheists are more cat or dog people. I submit that there is no necessary correlation and provide myself as an example of one who enjoys cats and dogs both for their unique and enjoyable qualities. If others have their own preferences, I will not disabuse them.
I agree with you 100% on everything except the loyalty of cats. My cat Creature I've had for 14 years. If I'm downstairs he's ON me. He follows me around. He's so protective. If I go upstairs (I live in the 'in-law' suite of my father's house) where the computers are he HOWLS like he's dying. My other two cats are okay just being around, more like 'normal' cats, but Creature is a man all his own.
I found my dad's poodle to be very draining. He was all play play play play and drool drool. He was a tongue with feet. I couldn't handle that. I like throwing the toy, but once it gets covered in dog slobber it isn't fun anymore. My dad had to put him to sleep a couple of months ago. It broke my heart. I really liked this dog, but I prefer cats.
And what is that saying? "Trying to organize Atheists is like herding cats."
I wouldn't say cats can't be loyal...my childhood cat used to come rubbing against my knee, mewing with the most distressed look, whenever I cried after a fight with my parents or bro. He would put his paw on my knee and rub his face on my cheek then lean back to see if I'd smiled yet. While he liked my family, if I called him, he would come running every time, even from outside...but he only came for the family if they bribed him with cheese.
I taught all three of our cats before mine to beg like a dog for their meals, just because someone told me I couldn't teach a cat tricks. And these cats were feral, too timid to let me touch them, but at a hand gesture or voice command, they would sit on their hind legs and mew every time.
I also had a dog before the military, beautiful Rottriever, and he was loyal and sweet, but never seemed to grow past the childish excited boisterous display of affection that scared my friends. My bro trained both our dogs to obey voice commands instantly without having to yell. But on walks on or off leash they have to have constant attention to keep them on the strait and narrow.
Cats can be ignored, or loved on, and they respond equally well to both.