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 used to be a cat person, and of the opinion that people were either cat-persons or dog-persons. I appreciated the low-maintenance nature of cats, and disliked the over-eager tendency of dogs to share their drool and whatever happened to be stuck to their feet at the moment.

But I think a lot of it has to do with the particular animal (and breed) in question. I've since gotten a really terrific Jack Russell Terrier who sheds like mad but doesn't drool or paw me muddy, and I've met some really psycho cats who will cuddle for a while and then bite viciously with no warning. As with anything else, it's important to find compatible individuals.
Connor was just remarking the other day that he generally thinks of cats as girls and dogs as boys. I'm going to have to go with the scientific evidence that this is simply not true, though it seems to be a common perception, based on observed behavior. Cats do seem more stereotypically feminine, alternating between mysteriously aloof and cuddly, whereas dogs seem more stereotypically masculine, all charged up and slobbery rarin' to go. I'm sure if they had opposable thumbs, cats would play with dolls and dogs would play with action figures. Instead, they both seem to indiscriminately chew the heads and limbs off of either. An altogether endearing tendency in itself, actually.
Someone said there are two types of people - people who think there are two types of people, and people who don't
I'm an animal person in general. But I absolutely love dogs and am very intune with them. I raised pitbull's for the entirety of my life until recently when living arrangements and such made it impossible. I was very depressed over this fact until recently when I moved into this house with my friend. He has an almost two-year-old English Mastif and I love her so much! Her name is Jasmine and great company. She weighs 150 pounds, meaning she outweighs me by about five pounds. :D I'm gonna have to post some pictures.
Agreed 100%
I am a cat lover and have always had cats. Cats are definitely monotheistic. More autotheistic, they think they are god. Dogs are definitely pantheistic, they think everything else is a god. You, a tree, a ball, a fence post whatever.
BTW- My 2 cats are named Zeus and Anubis and the dog is Summer
I am a dog person. I grew up with dogs, cats and birds, though. The only reason I haven't had a dog in 14 years is that 1. we travel too much and 2. my husband (who is also an atheist) is a cat person. I like cats. I like that they're self-sufficient. To me, though, dogs are just more huggable. I do love them, but I do find them a bit more like children in their co-dependence (and we don't have children by choice). However, I think cats are equally co-dependent - they just don't want you to think how much they need you (and not just for food). LoL!
Cats are also suburban and rural, and expect others to scoop their boxes (unless they go outside).... and I don't quite "get" the emasculated bit... but other than those, very funny!
Atheists favoring cats over dogs b/c cats are more dependent? I don't know; being independent in one area doesn't mean the same for all areas of life.

If it did, I'd think there wouldn't be many atheists into S/M, (in particular I'm thinking of master/slave relationships). I've known quite a few atheists into this and I'm sure there are more, being that they aren't inhibited by religion. So, even though they don't follow a church, they still want to be the boss, or be told what to do at least sometimes.

As for me, I like both dogs and cats, but especially cats. They purr! They fit in laps! But mainly, dogs have so much energy, and I'm always sleepy.
Actually - consider this re: the religiosity of cats:

1. They often act like they think they are gods (or, at least, demi-gods) and should be worshiped
2. They see things people don't
3. They leave little sacrifices to the 'human gods' - often on the threshold of a doorway, which, to them might appear to be an altar




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