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You can have fish for pets, but they are not furry and cuddly. Snakes are absolutely out of the question, unless you’re a herpetologist. Tortoises and frogs aren’t irresistibly cute either. Then there are rabbits, hamsters, mice, birds and then there are cats and dogs. Of course cats and dogs are by far the most popular pet candidates. Some people prefer the proud and private felines to the furry friendliness of canines. If you are a cat person, there’s no point buying a dog. Because cat people hate dogs! So keep reading to know whether you’re a cat person, before you decide on which pet you want to share your life with.

There is no scientific way to determine whether you’re a cat or dog person, but there are online tests that swear by their accuracy. They ask you a bunch of questions such as where you like to poop, the neighbour’s garden or in your back yard. And depending on your scores the website judges whether you are a cat or dog person. So if you feel adventurous you can go ahead and take one of these tests.

But here are a few pointers if you’re struggling with the decision, whether to buy a cat or dog.

√ You’re a private person
Cat lovers are essentially private people like cats, whereas dog people are social and outgoing, like dogs. Cat lovers are loners.

√ More intelligent
Just as cats that are ideal for them, cat people are intelligent and are pompous enough not to let you forget it.

√ Neurotic
The question most are-you-a-cat-or-dog-person tests will ask you is whether you are neurotic. If you are, then you are a lucky candidate for cat ownership. Cat people are said to be prone to anxiety and neurotic disorders than dog lovers. This is attributed to the fact that their pets are far less likely to constantly reassure them, but we all know that cats have their own way of making us feel better.

√ Live alone
We all know the stereotypical ‘crazy old cat woman’, woman living alone in an apartment, surrounded by half a dozen cats. There is some truth to this perspective. Although cat people aren’t exactly anti-social, living the life of a recluse surrounded by countess cats, cat people do like to live alone.

√ Radical
Cat people are more radical than dog people who are considered conservative and rule-abiding. So if you like to make waves and break the rules now and then, the ideal pet for you is a cat. Dog people are considered obedient just as their pets and cat people tend to disregard rules and regulations.

√ Open-minded
Cat people can think out of the box and tend to be open-minded. They are considered to be more imaginative, creative, adventurous and harboring unconventional beliefs. They are not gullible as opposed to dog people who believe just about anything you tell them.

√ Sensitive but masculine
It’s believed that cat people are more masculine than dog lovers and at the same time more sensitive.

√ Need affection
Just as their ideal pet, cat people need affection rather than companionship sought by dog lovers. So if you’re the kind of person who prefers something purring and rubbing against you to a four legged pal, then you’re definitely a cat person.

In general dogs are a lot more work than cats, especially since you have to walk and groom dogs, whereas cats generally tend to take care of themselves. Dogs are social animals and have a tendency to pull even the very shy owner into impromptu socializing situations, where they’d have to talk to other people, at times total strangers, who coo at the cute puppy eyes or fluffy ears.

People who own both dogs and cats are referred to as ‘bi-petuals’. These people have personalities that can accommodate both cats and dogs. After all, contrary to popular belief, cats and dogs get along fine. Some people prefer the proud and private felines to the furry friendliness of canines. If you are a cat person, there’s no point going and buying a dog. Because cat people hate dogs! So keep reading to know whether you’re a cat person.