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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The fact that cats are independent is what makes them good pets for people who live in the city or who (like me) spend a lot of time not home. All you need to do for a cat is provide food, water and change the litter box. As much as I love dogs, I could never one because owning a dog is not unlike having a young child - you need to be there all the time and provide everything for them. Like Rosco mentioned, when a cat decides to show you affection it really means something since they're taking time out of their own lives to love you. Even my own cat, who I've already said is a momma's boy, really only shows it when he feels like it. If I spend extended amounts of time at home, then I'm lucky to get a sidewards glance...
definitely a cat person.
i was joking around with my sister that dogs are like wine. things like breed, pedigree, and training matter immensely just as with wines things like region, style and grape matter immensely. i was raised with seeing eye dogs since my mother is totally blind so i was always used to the best of the best. i thought that i could go either way with dogs or cats. then i was around other people's dogs and for the most part they are untrained and spoiled. there are few things that annoy me more than an untrained dog outside of the untrained dog's owner complaining about cats. so to close the analogy if i had only drank screaming eagle wine at home once every few years it would be nothing short of repellent to then be served gallo everywhere when i went out.
i have two cats and am very happy with them.
It would be intrestig to observe what cats like more. Being close to an atheist or a religious person?
I doubt they'd care as long as you feed them, pet them, and change their litter box.

I like both dogs and cats, though I prefer cats. I currently have one cat. He's very laid back and never fusses unless he wants to go outside. I would prefer to keep him indoors, but he was a stray and he's used to being outside. He gets stressed if he is kept indoors for more than a couple days.

I wouldn't mind having a dog, but I live alone in a condo and I'm gone for about 10 hours a day. I don't think it would be right for me to keep a dog inside for that long everyday.
Too funny! I really don't think they know the difference.
Everyone is talking about cats and dogs but I m worried about your chikens. Why are they so unreactive? Is the difference between them and other three species(men, cats and dogs) lies in the structure of the brain. Are they on the lesser evolutionary stage than the other three?
One thing is for sure, one got to belong to other group of species to be an athiest. Last winter I had a business crises. I had to work very long hours for whole of winter to recover. I felt like a chicken, food. food ............
According to Maslow's Theory Of Needs "One don't have mental needs(seondry in nature) untill primary physical needs are satisfied.
See, you can blame it all on god and his "intelligent design" plan. If it's so intelligent, how come every animal (and even some plants) has to kill something else in order to live? Why isn't there room for all of us to survive?

The main lesson in all of this is, never make friends with your food.
Hi Judith,

You have touched on one of the great vegetarian moral dilemmas. It falls in the same spectrum as milk. In order to have milk, a cow must be bred. The heiffers grow up to be cows, for milk. The male calves are castrated and grow up to be steers, headed for meat market. You don't have to kill any animal to make milk or other dairy products, but animals are created that wind up being killed, due to the demographics.

Same with eggs. My understanding is that in the major processing places, male chicks (tiny, maybe a day old but I'm not sure) are thrown into a large barrel, and suffocate under the weight of the ones thrown on top of them. If you bought your hens locally from a hobbyist, I don't know for certain but some hobbyists raise them to a little older and sell them for meat. The male chicken is basically useless, except for one out of many who are kept for breeding or in very rare cases, a pet or show. Your point about getting them young enough makes a kind of sense. Chickens have absolutely no qualms about eating worms, bugs, slugs, or anything small that looks juicy or moves. I've never seen a vegetarian chicken. Does that make it OK to eat them? Beats me.

Cats have no problem killing birds, mice, and other animals, except when they get lazy. Of course, not many people eat cats.

Aarrgghhh. We are far off topic. Maybe this needs to be in a separate topic!
I'm a cat person---am and always will be. I grew up with them, but they were taken away from me at a young age when my parents (falsely) suspected allergies. Now I'm stuck in the same household as a dog and a rabbit. >:
I'm a dog person. My little girl is my sidekick - she likes to travel with me.
I'm not sure how relevant this is but I chuckled when I saw it as it's easy to imagine these two separate creatures thinking exactly this.
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The hell is wrong with you people. Fish are better. Just two sprinkles of food at the top of the tank, small net to clean up the poop. And presto your done. Don't have to worry about furniture getting destroyed or clawed to death in the process.

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