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Personality, Intelligence, and Cats vs. Dogs

Dogs and cats each have their own attributes and personalities, but does choosing to be a “dog person” or a “cat person” help determine our own traits?

It’s often creepy when we spot a pet and their pet parent who have an eerily physical resemblance to one another, however we don’t take much thought in similar personality traits between pets and their pet parents. It’s common knowledge that dogs are known as outgoing, active, and attention-loving animals, while cats are recognized as mellow, curious, solitude creatures. But does the type of pet a person brings into their home predict that person’s personality? According to a web-based study done in 2010 at the University of Texas, yes, yes it does.

Photo Via: Medicsindex.ning.com

Photo Via: Medicsindex.ning.com

The online study asked 4,565 different people if they identified themselves as “dog people”, “cat people”, both, or neither. They were then given a 44-question survey that measured their answers on the “Big Five” personality dimension spectrum which psychologists use to study personality – Conscientiousness (self-discipline), Extraversion (enthusiasm), Agreeableness (trusting), Openness (nontraditional thinking), and Neuroticism (stress).

46% of those surveyed self-identified as “dog people”,12% said they were “cat people”, and 28% were both while 15% were neither.

Dog People: The dog people were 15% more extroverted (outgoing and social), 13% more agreeable (trusting and kind), and 11% more conscientious (organized and self-disciplined ) than cat people.

Cat People: The cat people on the other hand were 12% more neurotic (anxious, easily stressed) and 11% more open (appreciative of art and culture) than dog people.

While this study is limited to only 4,565 people, and many are both or neither cat and dog people, this research has revealed that people may gravitate toward pets with similar personality traits as their own. An outgoing, dutiful, social person may prefer an equally outgoing, dutiful, and social dog. A reserved, introverted, more creative person may prefer a cat as their housemate. However, the lines do cross, and pets often balance out our different personalities.

Photo Via: Psychologytoday.com

Photo Via: Psychologytoday.com

Since being a pet parent to the animal of our choice can reveal more about a person’s personality, what can that choice tell us about a person’s intelligence? According to a more recent study, choosing “dog or cat” can reveal how smart we are.

According to the newer study done at Carroll University in Wisconsin, 600 college students were asked whether they were “dog people” or “cat people”, what qualities they liked best about their pets, and more questions that assessed their personalities.

Out of those 600 students, 60% said they identified more with dogs and enjoyed the “companionship” of their dog the best, while only 11% said they identified more with cats and enjoyed the “affection” from their cats the best – the remaining said they either liked both cats and dogs, or liked neither.

However, while the “dog people” reign once again in this study at 60%, it were the “cat people” who scored higher in intelligence. While dogs may be smarter than cats according to yet another study from 2010 (tired of the studies, already?) that found dogs have experienced greater brain growths in the past 60 million years compared to cats, it is the personalities of the cat people that make them smarter than the dog people.

Because dogs need ample exercise and walks outside, dog people spend more time outdoors and socializing. Cats however, are more comfortable indoors lounging on the couch, and usually their pet parents are the same. Cat people, who are usually introverted, are more likely to read a book and study their interests than dog people, who are usually more extroverted and social.

(Photo Via: Librarything.com)

(Photo Via: Librarything.com)

Of course though, just like with personality, the kind of pet a person chooses doesn’t necessarily determine their intelligence. Pets are here to bring us companionship and affection, to make us smile and lick our tears away, and to ultimately teach us to be better human beings. Whether we are extroverts or introverts, organized or creative, or relaxed or anxious, we all chose our pets for one reason: because we love them.

Are you a self-described “dog person” or “cat person”? Do you think the pet we choose describes our personality and intelligence? Let Animal Culture know in the comment section below!

*Sources: Psychologytoday.com, Pets.webmd.com, Time.com, Huffingtonpost.com, Livescience.com*
*Note: The article above was written by © Kalie Lyn, 2014*

Aiding the Voiceless Victims of Natural Disasters

It’s tornado season, and with the destruction comes unintentional abandonment for many pets.

Many of us have seen photos of what storms can do to lives, and some of us have even witnessed it first-hand. Houses that were once called homes are collapsed into rubble, memorabilia that meant something personal is destroyed in an instant, and emotions beyond any other flood the body and brain after such devastation. However, beings, not belongings, are the priority when it comes to such devastation.

The 79 (or more) tornadoes that hit Mississippi and surrounding areas of southern United States in April, 2014 claimed at least 34 human lives, and left hundreds more injured. Throughout the initial shock and ultimate tragedy of any natural disaster, animals are usually the last to be noticed, causing them to be abandoned and forgotten about at the moment.

(Photo Via: IFAW.org)

(Photo Via: IFAW.org)

Thousands of pets were left homeless after the April, 2014 tornadoes. Many were separated from their pet parents during the turmoil of the storms, and some were left at shelters as their pet parents were unable to care for them after being left homeless themselves. With the number of animals taking up capacity in the shelters across the storm-affected areas, The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is teaming up with The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org to aid in the transportation of abandoned pets that are filling up the shelters.

The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society of Tupelo, Mississippi, one of the hardest hit areas of the April tornadoes, is one shelter that has exceeded its capacity limit. Unable to allow more animals that are still being rescued from the storms, this specific shelter – along with many others – is in dire need of assistance. The IFAW is assisting in the transportation of these pets to other shelters who are able to take them in, and ultimately find them homes or even reunite them with their former pet parents.

(Photo Via: Theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com)

(Photo Via: Theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com)

Animals are voiceless victims when it comes to disasters – natural or human-made – and it is up to us to help them. It is expensive for shelters and rescue groups to take in the abandoned pets, and they need our help to continue their rescue work. You can help “Reunite Pets with Families After Devastating Tornadoes“. Another way to assist is by volunteering at your local animal shelter or rescue group, since most of these places are volunteer based.

Not only do the animals need our help, but also the people aiding these animals. They are the humans who give their time and hard work to creatures who can not say what hurts, or where the last place they saw their pet parent was. They need our support more than ever, and Animal Culture urges all you animal-lovers out there to give some of your money and time to help the animals affected by the April storms.

*Sources: Blog.theanimalrescuesite.com, Ifaw.org*
*Note: The above article was written by © Kalie Lyn, 2014*


Awarding TWAS – The Wild Animal Sanctuary

First legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, and now having a wildlife welfare organization that has been named the top 5 in the world, Colorado is fast becoming a popular, down-to-earth, natural state.

(Photo Via: Wildanimalsanctuary.org)

(Photo Via: Wildanimalsanctuary.org)

The CLASSY Awards came and went on May 2nd and 3rd, and the results are in. Celebrating the achievements of social impact in our society, the CLASSY Awards honor those who help make our world a better place. With 8 different award categories, and each category having sub-categories within them, “Animal Wildlife and Welfare” is one category recognized among others such as “Education Advancement”, “Environmental Protection”, and “Human Rights & Social Justice Services”.

At this year’s 5th Annual CLASSY Awards, The Wild Animal Sanctuary of Keenesburg, Colorado – 30 minutes outside of Denver – was selected as one of the top 5 nonprofit animal and wildlife welfare groups in the world, being recognized in the sub-category of “Captive Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation, & Education”. This Colorado sanctuary was named along with 4 other nonprofit animal welfare groups, including PETA, Best Friends Animal Society, Hilafax Humane Society, and World Vets.

Established in 1980 and being the oldest and largest nonprofit animal sanctuary in the United States, The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) rescues captive exotic and endangered large carnivores, giving them a forever home that closely mimics the animals’ natural habitat. Boasting 720 acres, this Colorado animal sanctuary is home to more than 290 lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and other exotic carnivorous mammals.

The preservation of these animals is not the only thing TWAS does to help. They also offer an extensive education program, focusing on the “Captive Wildlife Crisis”. According to the sanctuary’s website:

“There are estimates as high as 30,000 captive Great Cats, Bears, Wolves and other large carnivores living in substandard conditions throughout the US. In fact, after illegal drugs and weapons, the exotic animal trade is the third largest source of illicit profits in America…and in the world…today!”

“Our goal for the animals we rescue is to give them a life of dignity and respect, and make their life like it would be if they could choose. TWAS also works tirelessly to educate about the causes of…and solutions to…the Captive Wildlife Crisis.”

By providing this education, the public is able to learn about the plight of these exotic and endangered creatures, along with seeing the animals in what closely resembles their natural habitat. Building an elevated, almost 15,000 feet long walkway, the sanctuary allows visitors to view the animals in a way that does not disturb the habitat or the carnivores themselves.

Dubbed the "Mile Into the Wild Walkway", this bridge spans almost 3 miles, allowing visitors to view the sanctuary's animals. (Photo Via: Wildanimalsanctuary.org)

Dubbed the “Mile Into the Wild Walkway”, this bridge spans almost 3 miles, allowing visitors to view the sanctuary’s animals.
(Photo Via: Wildanimalsanctuary.org)

Changing the way the general public views these exotic large mammals, The Wild Animal Sanctuary has created a place that focuses on the needs and welfare of the animals. Their work and progress has been rightly honored, and their cause has definitely made a positive social impact.

If you’re planning a family vacation, or just looking to support a good cause, visiting The Wild Animal Sanctuary can help benefit these exotic animals that are often looked at as performers and profits.

*Note: The above article was written by © Kalie Lyn, 2014*
*Sources: Kplctv.com, Classyawards.org, Wildanimalsanctuary.org*