Dog or Cat Owners: Who's Happier?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Apr 6, 2019.

Which Do You Have?

Poll closed Apr 9, 2019.
  1. Cat(s) Only

    13 vote(s)
  2. Dog(s) Only

    20 vote(s)
  3. Both

    9 vote(s)
  4. Neither, but other pets

    1 vote(s)
  5. No pets

    1 vote(s)
  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    A recent survey looked at the happiness levels of dog & cat owners. People were asked if they owned any dogs or cats. (60% of the US population owns one or the other.) The second question asked people to rate their level of general happiness.

    The results are here:
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  2. Armygirl

    Armygirl Country Gent

    Mar 14, 2014
    Aww.... I have my wee Dougal Cat and access to dogs through my sister, pals and colleagues and I don't know what life would be like without them! I'm sitting at home just now after my latest three rounds of white blood cell whacking chemo for my MS and Nurse Dougal is installed... with my sis running about after me. He's making me very happy! He's also doing a lot of sleeping himself but he's so cute, I'll let him off.

    My sister's doggie Gomez was v concerned too and sent me a gorgeous message.... check the paw! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
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  3. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    To me, a cat is all but a necessity. When I lost Cleo, I lasted all of three days before I started looking for another cat.
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  4. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Cats don't have owners, they have staff.
  5. Dave-B

    Dave-B Synchromatic

    May 23, 2016
    We have Bailey, a 3 yr old cockapoo. She is loyal, fun, gentle, and we can't imagine life without her.

    We also have Oscar, a 7 year old ragdoll. He lets us stay in his house for free.

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  6. Sabato

    Sabato Gretschie

    Mar 22, 2019
    Describes my last dog to a tee:

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  7. cowmoo

    cowmoo Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2011
    North Wales
    876F6FE2-50EA-4E54-B95F-9E347969142D.jpeg 1DED74B1-89E4-40D3-92A3-7C939350476C.jpeg We have Molly (black) and Dotty (white) and Puffle (fur,lots of fur) lives at my mums.
    Always had cats.
    They are more than family to me.
    I am their minion.
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  8. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    They say that the intelligence of a dog is close to a 2-year-old human child.
    Besides being clever and commnicative on it`s own terms a dog can be totally unselfish.
    I do not know any cat that I can say that about.
    In our family the dog is somehow like a substitute to the second child that we -sadly- never had.
    A true blessing.
    Best-loved family member.

  9. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    What about the -both(cats and dogs) and-others- option?

    If it were up to me we'd have dogs, cats, birds and fish, in that exact order.
  10. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    I wouldn't read too much into the study. It does not establish causation, only correlation. The best example of this issue is rain and umbrellas. It can be proven that on days when people carry more umbrellas, it is more likely to rain. That does not mean carrying umbrellas causes rain.

    So the question here may be do pets cause people to be less happy, or do people who are less happy tend to get pets?

    We have 2 cats and 1 dog. All very affectionate. I actually have a hard time falling asleep without a cat next to me.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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  11. Beardog

    Beardog Country Gent

    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
    We have both and wouldn't have it any other way. 20190329_171954_HDR.jpg
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  12. Hydroman

    Hydroman Gretschie

    Feb 29, 2016
    FUNtucky, Ca.
    I have Rottweillers. They suit me and my Family just fine. Very Loyal and Loving animals, and yes very Protective.
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  13. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I got a very large portion of my heart reserved for furry creatures.
    I’ve always enjoyed their company more than the company of other people.

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    And the original Squeaky was my most beloved..
    so after she died, we decided we should keep her around
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  14. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Which Do You Have?

    We don't have any cats : they have us. On habite chez son chat...
    Cats are visitors at our home.
    Some are born here,
    Some decide to live here,
    Some come time to time, for years,
    Some are on the road, and just come for a stay,
    Some choose to make a pause for the Winter here,
    Some simply come because they will find food and care before reparting for new adventures...
    All of them have this common point : they come here by themselves, by their will, and they are free.

    Ah, I must stop writing for a moment because Tibou (equivalent age : 72 years) is starting her evening inspection of my room and desk... :rolleyes:


    Check-up is OK, so I can continue...:D

    Some of our visitors - past, present, and maybe future :

    Tit'Minouche and Le Rouquin :

    Tibou and Black&White :

    Balthazar and Le Rouquin :

    Tibou (Daughter) and Tigrette (Mother) :

    Ah, I forgot an hedgehog : Casse-Croûte. My daughter took pics of him. He comes at night regularly to eat some cat food. Also come lérots, weasels... We even had 2 white swan came to make a stopover for a few days some years ago : let me tell you that cats were respectful and at distance from these white monsters...

    And others... Who knows ?


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  15. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    We've had both. Wife prefers cats, and I'm the Dogfather. I've had 8 or 9 dogs, and we've had at least a dozen, if not more, cats.

    Dogs have masters, cats have staff. I've never had a cat that shows anywhere near the same level of affection as a dog.
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  16. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Absolutely true.

    You're unlucky... :D

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  17. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Dog guy here
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  18. Jockabilly

    Jockabilly Synchromatic

    Sep 15, 2018
    Dog guy here too. I used to like cats but gradually went off them where I have always got on very well with dogs.
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  19. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    IMO, cats are very affectionate, but only on their terms. It's of a different character than a dog; dogs are highly social among their own kind and treat humans the way they treat other dogs, which is usually friendly and enthusiastic. Cats are more reserved, but they can be very loyal and affectionate.
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  20. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Dogs are pack animals, cats are usually solitary in the wild. I'm also highly allergic to cats, so that makes it easier.
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