We reveal a lot about ourselves by the choices we make—and that includes the kind of pets we prefer.
Based on the notion that dogs are more sociable than cats, a University of Texas study found that dog people were 15 percent more extroverted and 13 percent more agreeable than cat people.
On the flip side, cat people were 12 percent more neurotic, but 11 percent more open than dog people.
Now that we know the differentiating personality traits between pet owners, what does being a dog or cat lover say about one’s own love and sex style?
When it comes to love, cat owners are very independent, says psychic medium and pet psychic Linda Lauren. “They’re the more domineering ones in the relationship and can even be a bit standoff-ish,” she explains. “Since cat lovers lead more than follow, they’re the ones that tend to make more of the plans.”
That said, a little food, a sunny window sill and some occasional petting (wink, wink) is all they may need — if you get the idea.
“[Dog owners] are the committal type, for we all know that owning a dog is almost like having a child,” counters Daily Affair founder Stacey Nelkin. “Dogs need to be fed and walked several times a day and can’t be left alone. They are great companions and show [that its owner] can take care of something other than themselves.”
However, dog owners can be just as needy as the dogs themselves.
“Dogs get obsessed with their owner and become very attached. In love, dog owners can get really attached to a new person in their life,” adds Lauren. “That said, it is easier to have relationships with dog people than cat people.”
When it comes to sex, dog lovers tend to be more loving and tender in bed, as they want to ensure a lover is well taken care of inside and outside the bedroom. However, you’ll get more experimental and even hotter sex with a cat person, says Lauren.
But in either case, beware of dating someone with multiple pets, as that can indicate their focus is on their animals and not the relationship. Conversely, pet-lovers shouldn’t turn up their nose at dog-less, cat-less, or completely petless prospects: “People who don’t have or want either pet tend to look at relationships [as] more important,” Lauren says. (Unfortunately, that means a person may also be too busy in their own life to take care of another living species.)
As Nelkin, a self-proclaimed dog lover says, it’s important to be clear about what you prefer—or in her case, to find a nice balance. “We have two cats and two dogs,” she says. “I’m a dog lover, but appreciate those mice-chasing-cats of ours!”
This article originally appeared on Fox News Magazine.
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