Resolved: Atheists Are More Cat People Than Dog People

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?

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I hope you don't really mean that. I recently lose a beloved cat whom my wife rescued some 10 years ago. We bottle-fed him and he came with us, together with 3 other cats, to Canada. I also had dogs, and believe me when they (cats or dogs) die, it really hurts.

I'm sorry about your loss.  I have lost many pets over the years and I still stand by my statement regarding cats.  I don't like them.  For me, my dogs were easier to keep up.  I trained them to use one section of the yard and I did not mind cleaning up behind them.

I am always working for political campaigns and I canvas door to door and if I smell a litter box from the house next door, I will not go there.  As my grandmother used to say, I hate to smell a sour a$$ed cat.

If a litter box smells so, don't blame the poor cat, blame its idiot owners! It's generally humans and not pets who are the source of problems.

That is very interesting. I have always live with cats, and I have always been a skeptic of things concerning religion. Actually my family loves animals in general, but we did have dogs before, but found cats easier to maintain. I used to be involved with animal welfare and protection in the Philippines. As far as I know, my wife and I were the only atheists in the organization. 

I'm much more of a cat person than I am a dog person. I've currently got one of each.

My dog is not an atheist. He thinks I am God. (Poor delusional creature.)
My cat is not an atheist. He is God. He demands worship, and offerings of chicken and fish.

Thanks for the smile Beth.

Cats are disease-carrying vermin, just a step above the common rat. They are also cold and aloof, without emotion, and just plain weird. So, many atheists, because they are cold and intellectual, yet unable to connect on an intimate level with others. I am an atheist and a dog lover (and cat hater). Dogs are warm and loving, very attached to others. Too bad more atheist humans aren't like that.

Yep, yet another example of the people having hate-ons being dog people... just sayin'

Wrong on all counts, booklover. I am a very warm, affectionate, and loving person. My dog is also up-to-date on all shots. He recently was very sick, as a result of a scratch from a cat. You should look up the research on schizophrenia and other human ailments possibly being caused by toxoplasmosis from cat feces. I've never encountered an affectionate cat, but maybe they exist. I just prefer being greeted by an excited dog, wagging his tail and licking my face. I regret to say that most of my fellow atheists whom I've met are not socially skilled and are often science fiction and comic book nerds, many of whom seem to worship Mr. Spock. Again, that's not to say that there aren't atheists, like myself, who are warm and emotional and affectionate. My point is just to counter the idea that there's some sort of natural affinity between atheists and cats, as opposed to dogs, and to counter the idea that all atheists are skeptical and "logical". Furthermore, I doubt that cats are "inquisitive" or "freethinking".

Cats can be great. I do prefer dogs but I've had some wonderful cats in my time. But please, folks, they're not freethinkers; they're not *thinkers*.

You have a point.  I do think it's possible that cats do some rudimentary reasoning.  I'd be interested in seeing some empirical evidence for such reasoning, if it exists.  Can you point me to any?  After all, it's the positive claim that bears the burden of proof.  "Seems obvious to me" is anecdotal and, while it may be of some interest, is merely someone's personal opinion.

Timothy, I disagree with the atheist being cold and unable to connect on an intimate level with other people.  I find that on a xtian level and they call themselves being friendly.  I hate cats unless it is a big cat.

Cats will come to me in a NY nano-second and want to rub against my leg.  I'd rather take a pit bull anytime.




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