Humans have had debates about cat humans versus dog humans for a long time. You know, how cat people are more open and artistic and dog people are more social and easy going, all that stuff.
Infographic from Mindjet
And as usual, it’s not what’s important.
What matters to us cats is how pliable a human is, and how easy they are to lead. And the problem with dog people is that they want to be the leaders in a human-animal relationship. Even those who consider their dogs as true “best friends” want that friend to follow their lead. They consider themselves wise, benevolent masters when it comes to their dogs. As you know, this attitude does not fly with us cats.
Cat humans typically aren’t as interested in being in charge. Which is great because it leaves the field wide open for us kitties. And cat-humans-in-training who try to assert their dominance get schooled pretty quickly. Cat humans come to find joy in being our servants and thinking of new ways to delight us and make us happy. Cat humans know that they can never lead us, and only the most clueless among them will believe they are equal to us. Most humans who love cats acknowledge early on that we are superior beings who have lessons to teach.
Cat humans are trainable. Dog humans want to do the training. Cat humans follow our lead. Dog humans want to do the leading.
Which brings me to the humans here. It’s quite curious. My human, the cat lover, in every other aspect of her life is fiercely ambitious and always wants to be in charge. She follows no one. (Frankly, this has made her rather hard to train. She is very willful.) And just as odd is her boyfriend, the dog human, who never, ever wants to lead or be in charge of anything. (Which I think has confused the dog here sometimes, since she too has no desire to lead or be in charge!)
So you kitties out there, tell me what you think: do I just live with a pair of nonconformists, or is this kind of behavioral split more typical than I originally suspected?