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    FILE - This May 16, 2003 file photo supplied by 24/7 Media shows Norfolk terrier Eleanor, right, playing with her new kitty friend, Lil' Joey at the Pet Set doggie day care in Long Beach, Calif. An Associated Press-Petside.com poll of 1,967 adults, showed that 74 percent liked dogs a lot, while 41 percent liked cats a lot. (AP Photo/ 24/7 Media, Suzanne Mapes) (Suzanne Mapes, AP / May 16, 2003)

    Cats. Dogs. Those can be fighting words in some circles.
    Cats are "nasty, stinking creatures," says Mark David of Warrensburg, Mo. And dogs? They're noisy, disruptive and "lick you and themselves," counters Sanford Reikes of Louisville, Ky.
    Clearly, there are dog people and there are cat people. But it's not much of a contest: 74 percent of people like dogs a lot, and only 41 percent like cats a lot.

    Cats win the dislike vote handily, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll. Fifteen percent of the adults questioned said they disliked cats a lot while the number who said they disliked dogs a lot was just 2 percent.
    Joseph Moreus, 61, of Westminster, Calif., understands why dogs come out on top.
    "They have more personality. They are loyal," he said. "Cats are all about cats but dogs are interested in pleasing their owners. Cats don't care if they please you or not."
    And cats can be destructive, said Joy Rasch, 70, of Kennewick, Wash., who gets mad at the neighborhood cats who kill robins, quail and squirrels in her back yard. Male cats will spray their territory or get in the wood pile at 3 a.m. and "screech like bad brakes on a car," she added.
    Of course, cat lovers, if smaller in numbers, are equal in passion.
    "Cats are 1,000 times smarter than dogs," said Bonnie Hanson, 77, of Sioux Falls, S.D. She and her late husband had a black Siamese cat, Kitty, that she said "always wanted to comfort people, anybody who was ill or unhappy."
    "My husband would have chest pains and wouldn't tell me. But Kitty would come and look at me and I'd know. We called him our psychic Siamese," she said. "Every cat I ever had was a help and a comfort."
    About 59 percent of American households own pets, according to the poll. About 74 percent of pet owners polled said they had dogs, and 47 percent said they had cats.
    Those most likely to dislike cats were blacks, Hispanics and married men. Men were a bit more likely than women to say they disliked cats.

    Dog people are more adamant about their preference than cat people, the poll found. Of those who owned only a dog, 34 percent said they disliked cats; of those who owned only a cat, only 5 percent disliked dogs.
    David, 28, who runs a landscaping company in Warrensburg, dislikes cats but he says he owes his life to a dog. Two years ago, his 5-year-old black lab Zena was with him when a tractor rolled onto his leg, leaving him pinned and bleeding. Zena went to get his wife.
    "She wasn't a Lassie by any means, but she was smart enough to go for help," David said.
    Still, all this sniping doesn't mean there is no harmony in the country. Sixty percent of all adults said they liked both dogs AND cats.
    Cats are independent so give you a little more freedom but dogs are better companions, said Janet Hardy, 69, of Abingdon, Md., who grew up with both.

    David Kyser, 73, has also had both — and can tick off their relative merits.
    "Cats take care of themselves. They are very clean. Dogs are not so clean and they need some activity. They are good if you have a house full of children," said Kyser, of Austin, Texas. "Cats just kind of sit around being cats."
    And some, of course, don't want either species for a friend.
    "I have a fear of dogs and I don't like cats," said Willie Thigpen, 60, of Greenwood, S.C. He and his wife raised three children, but they never had a pet.
    "And now I don't want to take care of nothing except me," he said.
    The AP-Petside.com poll was conducted Oct. 1-5, 2009, by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. It involved telephone interviews on landline and cell phones with 1,967 adults nationwide, including 1,166 pet owners and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points for all adults. The margin of sampling error is higher and varies for results based on sub-samples.

    Do Americans like dogs or cats best? No contest: Dogs win, cats are most disliked - latimes.com

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    Poor kitties get a bum rap. Most people I know like both. I have known a few that did not like cats, however they had never been around any.
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    I have a dog and 2 cats and I love them all! It seems to me that more men dislike cats.
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    i don't like cats. they are supremely creepy to me. however, i love all baby animals, kittens included.

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    I'm a devoted cat lover. I like dogs, but like cats more.

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    I love both. I never trust people who hate cats.
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    I recently received 2 kittens & LOVE them. I like dogs too & want to get one as soon as I move into a place with more space inside & out.
    My goal is to be happy with my life.

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    Cats rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    I never trust people who hate cats.
    why?

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    There are dog people and cat people. I don't mean people with a preference, I mean people who out and out hate.
    When you see the reasons they give, it makes me wonder about their feelings toward humans who display the same attributes. The ones I've met seem to want the world to revolve around them and since cats don't give them that, it seems to be a bit of a blow to the ego. They aren't the types who take loss of face well. I guess I'm mainly thinking about a couple of guys in particular. They hate cats because they don't do what you tell them to do and are too independent, etc. Guess what traits they doesn't like in girlfriends?
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    interesting. i do want a pet that i can cuddle with which would be a turn off to me in terms of having a cat. however, every cat in the world flocks to me so i definitely get tons of attention from them.

    i think my biggest problem with cats is usually the owners. my feeling is that if you own a cat, keep it inside. or at the very least, off of my property/car/front doorstep, etc. i live in an area with an awful population of feral cats and they are crawling all over the place. plus, i can't stand the smell of cat litter.

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    Yes, irresponsible pet owners bug me too. We've got a dog in the neighbourhood who is chained up 24/7 and barks endlessly. If the people are home, they'll open the door periodically and scream obscenities at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoogsBun View Post
    I'm a devoted cat lover. I like dogs, but like cats more.
    Same here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    Yes, irresponsible pet owners bug me too. We've got a dog in the neighbourhood who is chained up 24/7 and barks endlessly. If the people are home, they'll open the door periodically and scream obscenities at it.
    Please report them for cruelty.


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    I love dogs a lot. I love cats as well, but I'm not really a cat person.
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