Resolved: Atheists Are More Cat People Than Dog People

Having co-habited with many cats over the years, I've found them to be free-thinking and inquisitive, like atheists. Dogs seem to be more accepting, more willing to go along. I think this accounts for the fact that atheists tend to favor cats over dogs. (I'm not saying atheists hate dogs--just that we're better attuned to cats.) Comments?

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So that's why I find presents in my garden all the time :(

Cats can be trained to use modern human toilets, even taught to flush...

And even flush when they're done...

Neat.  And I notice they still have the covering reflex.

LOL.  I hear ya.  I love my birds, dogs and other critters (hamsters and guinea pigs).

Cats are like neighbors, mildly but superficially interested in what happens to you.

Dogs are family. Their future, their well being is bound to ours, like parents, like children. This is due to the social evolution of wolves, with among the most complex cooperative social structures of all mammals. It has been claimed that dogs read human body language better than chimpanzees do.

No, I don't buy the 'cats are independent, like atheists' crap. I'll stick with an animal that puts their well being on the like with mine.
I am more a guinea pig person than either.

Guinea pig lovers unite.  I love hamsters, guinea pigs, birds and dogs.

At one point I had fourteen guinea pigs. Most recently I had but one, who was a stubborn cuss. My wife has a herd dog, a border collie. I would take my guinea pig out in the yard on a leash, and the dog, confused as to why he was out of his pen, would attempt to nudge and push the pig back toward the house.

He would have none of that, and simply hunch down in the grass. The dog would look up pitifully as if to say he could not understand why the pig would not cooperate.

When I had my fourteen pigs, they stayed in two wading pools (except one that would jump out and run across the room to drink out of my coffee cup when on the floor). My roommates at the time had a couple cats that would jump in the pen and herd the guinea pigs together so they could use them as heaters to stay warm.

I have lost the following pets and I still miss them dearly.

Birds (doves and parrots)

dogs

hamsters

guinea pigs

gerbils

fish

iguana

marmoset

skunk ( yes they are illegal in Colorado) I inherited her from a relative in Ohio.

rabbit

Actually, I had a zoo all to myself growing up.

Like Elly-Mae Clampett? Did you keep the fish in the 'ceement pond'?

It seems we have somehow gotten sidetracked into a discussion about vegetarianism. I am not a vegetarian (not yet) - I still eat fish and poultry, although I gave up red meat for more than 10 years already, since I joined an animal protection group in the Philippines. The group never compels anyone to be a vegetarian, but do encourage members to gradually make the shift. Often, decisions are made voluntarily out of conscience. It can be a traumatic experience to actually witness killing inside a slaughter house. One of the challenges presented to meat-eaters is for them to kill the animals themselves - most shy away from the challenge. It is very different from simply buying packages of pork chops in the grocery. Whether humans are by nature omnivore or herbivore, I am not sure. We might eventually evolve into a plant-eating human, just like our gorilla cousin. Who knows, maybe our capacity to empathize with the suffering of animals will be the catalyst.  

I think it depends on the cat and the dog. I like some cats, I really hate some cats. I love most dogs, but I really hate some dogs. I'm more of a dog person if I had to pick either one, though.

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