Dog owners and cat owners are as different as night and day, says an expert--who reveals the distinctive personality traits of each. People are like their pets, said Dr. Vinsey, Professor of Anthropology at Pace University in New York City, who made a six-year study of pets and their owners.
Dr. Vinsey characterizes dog owners this way:
They tend to be more outgoing and sociable and they're more apt to be openly affectionate.
Dog owners are more generous and helpful. They are more ambitious and assertive and more apt to take risks to reach their goals.
Dog owners are more "outdoorsy" -- they love to tramp the hills, go camping and participate in active, energetic sports.
Cat owners are a different type, says Dr. Vinsey:
They tend to be well-read, articulate and cultured and more imaginative, creative and curious than dog owners.
They're more apt to be loners. They enjoy privacy and tend to be aloof until they know someone well.
Cat lovers are comfort lovers and tend to pamper themselves. They're more finicky and choosy, have exotic tastes and are nonconformists. They also tend to be more opinionated and independent.
Cat owners are indoor people. Their greatest joy is to curl up in front of a fire with a good book or a TV miniseries to view.
But both cat and dog owners are far more flexible than people who don't own pets, said the doctor. They take a less rigid approach to life and adjust more easily to changes in plans or circumstances, she said.