Alright, so it is said that cats and dogs have evolved with us symbiotically.
This is also something that has been said (paraphrasing):
‘Dogs are the protectors of and associated with our physical bodies in the physical world. Cats are the protectors of and associated with our spiritual bodies in dream/spirit/soul/consciousness world’
Dogs: An extreme example of extroversion, unconditional love and sociability, they guard our bodies, obedient, positive reinforcement for training works just OH so well, so many different breeds catered to our own physical/emotional of the body needs (protection, hunting, fitness, friendship, love, etc.)
Cats: An extreme example of introversion, portrayed as being “in and out”, science has discovered that cats’ brains activate at times much in the same way that human brains respond in meditation and dreaming, teach us acceptance (when they don’t want to be petted/want to be alone-don’t pet them, when they do want to be social with you, they will come and petting/interaction is OK)
What are your thoughts on these two animals that have evolved alongside us for centuries?
I mean c’mon, anything that’s stuck around alongside all of humanity for that long, in most areas of the world, has got to teach us something.
What other aspects of our relationships with dogs and cats teach us about ourselves?
GO- anything and everything you can spit out on this topic, even if convoluted-ly (yes I know that’s not ‘real’ word) related.
I don’t know about cats since I’ve never spent a lot of time with one, but I do have a dog, and I feel that in many ways, he is a person. He has things that he enjoys and make him smile, things that make him afraid, things that make him angry, excited, a sense of playfulness and mischief, and friendship. I feel dogs embody the some of the best traits of people, without some of the worst – they may never challenge me intellectually but they don’t play social games, and they don’t try to screw you out of every last penny you own, rather, a dog will be your friend for life, while all they will ask in return is that you care for them.
I think dogs give us a shoulder to lean on when we don’t have anyone else to talk to. They are just always there to greet you and be happy that you’re around. I have two Labs, and they are both their own individual. One is like my sister, and the other is like my baby. Except they are both a little older. I also have a cat who just lets me believe that I earned his trust and love, I think you have to build a personal relationship with a cat, and dogs will love anyone. So yes cats are for your introverted self, with building relationships. And dogs just allow you to be open to a new friend, or they will always be that friend there for you when you see them. !
Ah, I have a cat, and have also lived with dogs.
I find I display behaviors VERY much like a cat. Neither dominantly introverted, nor extroverted, I quite like being along as well as being with people.
I just find our companion-like relationships with them so interesting.
I mean, c’mon childhood is the most malleable time in a human’s life-at least previously for certain- when a kid has a dog or/and a cat as a best friend growing up, that’s gotta reflect some environmental/social conditioning somehow.
There are a few research studies that have been done concerning dogs, cats, and their owners, but I feel like so much still can be learned from this and differentiating between and comparing certain personality traits in people.
Have any of you read “The Risen Empire”, where they point out that while dogs may have contributed to the hunt, it was cats that really allowed civilization to flourish? Cats would hang around the granary and hunt down the rodents who could spoil an entire years crop in hours. That’s why the Egyptians worshiped them as gods.
Personally, I’m a cat person, but I’m growing to like dogs. However, I don’t consider all those toy breeds to be dogs. I’m someone who believes form follows function. A dog that can barely walk isn’t one I’ll have for a pet. Just saying.
I’ve always thought of dogs and cats as mascots to the two sides of human nature. Much more of a dog person myself, and I feel like it’s heavily linked to who I am, and that you can tell a lot from how someone feels about the 2 species. But never trust anyone who dislikes them both.
What we can learn from dogs: Being a loyal follower really sucks ass if your masters are lame. Lesson: Fuck society.
What we can learn from cats: Even if you contribute nothing to someone’s life, they’ll keep you around and feed you if you’re cute or cool, and you can get away with doing almost anything. Lesson: Be cute or cool, and people will worship you for no reason.
Keep a dog as a pet, you’ve got yourself a loyal companion who looks up to you and follows your lead. A dog makes itself useful in so many ways.
Keep a cat as a pet, you’ve got yourself… well, a cat. It eats and shits and does cat stuff, it doesn’t do anything for you and doesn’t really give a shit about you.
A pet cat is kind of like an unemployed drunk husband, or a greedy cheating wife. Not really a parasite, just an opportunist who sees the opportunity when someone wants a parasite in their life.
So to use that piece of infromation universally: Be the person your dog thinks you are.
One of the best aspects about a dog is that unconditional love and loyalty you’ve mentioned. Think about it: No matter how shitty your day was, no matter what happened to you, when you walk through your door, your dog will greet you like they haven’t seen you in forever and that there is nothing else that makes them more happy. How can this not make anyone feel good, despite a lousy day?
My dog barks at everyone, unless it’s a person I love. He’s as unfriendly as I am to people I can’t stand. And my dogs loves to play, I love to play too, he hates serious frightened idiots that are scared by puppies, how can you not to?
Also, his good-natured eyes has stopped me from being angry at people too many times. It makes me feel guilty when I see how he is more humane than me. :)
I had a cat that thought she was a dog, she was the most alpha being I’ve ever come across, even in regards to people., That fucking cat used to protect me like she was a guard dog. I’ve never seen a cat beat the fuck out of someone for laying their hands on their “owner.” I’ve heard stories of cats attacking people for making a threat towards their human companions, but I never thought it to be true. The amount of love that feline had made me love to an extent I never thought fathomable, and most certainly not a lesson I could learn from a cat. Haha
I can’t say I owned her, because she dictated herself, but her loyalty to me has out shadowed any dog I’ve ever trained. She taught me the famed “this is the amount of fucks I give”, and undeniably, she taught me what true loyalty means. To animal or human, and to protect those you love at all costs.
From a fucking cat.
Bast would be proud.
@manimal, you made me laugh. But on a serious note: dogs are immensely more awesome than cats. Why, right this very moment, I have a loyal, loving dog resting right underneath my chair. If I decided to relocate, she would escort me and resume her slumber there without any question. She is a magnificent being and I love her dearly.
I’ve always been a dog person and I notice that I’m attracted to, well, obnoxious people who are generally extroverted, lol. I know “obnoxious” has a negative connotation, but I mean they’re loud and outgoing and love attention. They always speak their mind, and I love the honest ones.
While I find many cats stuck up, I see myself in them–thanks to this post. I’m quiet and I like my alone time. It’s not that I don’t like people, I just don’t like being around them for too long. I like my space. I’m more interested in the spiritual side of life. Basically, introverted. Maybe I’m too quick to judge cats. I mean, I don’t see other introverted people as stuck up, just quiet. So, I’m sorry, cats.
On top of all this, I find it interesting that opposites really do attract. For example, my best friend is a cat person, but he’s dog-like in accordance to this thread.
Awesome post! Got me thinking.
Ok, I am going to predict that you have never had an animal to yourself from puppy/kitten, to dog/cat.
It is not always the function that matters. Though it is useful too.
At this ” Lesson: Be cute or cool, and people will worship you for no reason.” I chuckled out loud. Hahaha.
But I’m gonna guess that you have never had a cat to yourself here. Read this:
Some interesting connections. And:
*Sidenote to everyone: You see- how you can cross reference things from COMPLETELY unrelated stories, about the same things, and then gain insight from such practice on the overall topic in general? The importance of making connections.
I also have a cat that acts like that towards me. She is definitely attuned to me and only me, she does not even let anyone else touch, pet, or hold her. Such an odd thing. The huge differences between dog and cat owners, and whether people have had one or the other or both. Reference my second to link to Elion.
That’s excellent reasoning regarding cats. Really being so open to liking both equally for their own separate reasons in what they offer you- makes you open to so many other connections that can be made.
Ah, awesome. I love both cats and dogs. I currently have a cat, but plan on getting a dog soon as well and have lived with them many times. I really do like both dogs and cats.
I don’t know why, but all these ideas are so satisfyingly funny and fascinating, right?