This question at some point usually comes up in front of many people who decided to brighten up their everyday life by starting a pet. It would seem that it's easy to answer: the one who has been attracted to dogs since childhood, surely should choose a puppy, but who from the young age admired the charisma of the cat Matroskin and often played with some cat in the yard, should have a kitten. Probably, it is this criterion that should be the starting point of choice, since in the final analysis personal sympathies decide everything, rather than rational considerations.
So the psyche is arranged that a good relationship with a pet can be built only on the basis of good feelings towards him, a general disposition towards his biological appearance, willingness to take care of him, spending money on food, combs, collars, and leashes. It will be impossible to overcome hostility even to a rare thoroughbred animal, either for reasons of prestige, or for the sake of boasting a luxurious pet in front of friends, or because of personal ambitions, forcing to choose all the most fashionable and expensive things.
It makes sense to take into account some universal rules, suggesting which pet will be easier to get along and find mutual understanding with. The dog needs a man more sociable, accustomed to being in the spotlight and not imagining his day without meeting with five or six friends living in the neighborhood. No doubt that the dog will be more likely to become a friend and companion for such an owner, sharing with him all the emotions, constantly being nearby and requiring continuous communication.
Regular walks in the yard are going to be a welcome time to socialize for both the owner and the dog, and both will be equally glad to have every opportunity for sharing with their neighbors achievements in training and improving the exterior. Any new outfit, anti-ice adjusters, ridiculous accessories like sunglasses and aprons, collars with a bell, LEDs and a GPS beacon will be equally needed both for the dog and its owner, who, perhaps, finds himself even more happy with any such new accessory than his faithful dog.
A little differently, the relationship with the pet will develop for a man who gets the cat. Such a choice is certain for an independent person used to make decisions based on his preferences, rather than the alleged reaction of others. The reason is that the owner of the cat will have to put up with the fact that his pet does what he wants, and when he wants. For example, the cat can spend the whole night on the street, which the ancient predatory instinct will inexorably demand from him. In the morning the cat will come home, where this is possible from an engineering standpoint. But if the entrance to the house is blocked by an iron door with an intercom, the owner will have to take the cat off the street, going out and calling him by the name.
It is this mode of walking that will most suit the practically nocturnal animal who prefers to sleep almost all day long in a secluded place, and a warm apartment where neither angry dogs with sharp teeth, nor evil people with heavy stones will penetrate, will do just fine. Naturally, late in the evening a cat, accustomed to spending the night in the street, needs help out there, going down with him and opening the door. If this little domesticated animal is completely deprived of his main joy - free life, climbing trees, exploring cellars and collectors, communicating with other cats and loud meowing in the spring, - then the cat will turn into an unfortunate infantile creature, afraid to go out even to the staircase. At the same time, he will all the same sleep during the day, and run and meow at night, only not in the yard, but right in the apartment.
Such a biorhythm does not suit a person who wants to see his pet always nearby. It will not be pleasant to him that all day long tired of the night "hunting" cat will be sleeping somewhere in the corner and sluggishly react to attempts to play with him, to pet him, to bathe or comb. Among the cat`s habits, one must be able to respect a great individuality, brought up by a predatory way of life in nature, a single method of hunting, the need to always be alert and quickly hide in case of danger approaching. That's why the person wishing to have a cat should be ready for the fact that this animal will show activity mainly at night.
Naturally, this mode of communication requires the ability to make certain concessions, which is peculiar not so much to the convivial man but to the same individualist as the cat himself. The pet will necessarily appreciate the willingness of the owner to adapt to his natural rhythms and, quite possibly, even will begin to consider the owner a friend. At the same time, a mustachioed pet is unlikely to agree with the role of a faithful servant and adorer, whom a dog usually becomes. Moreover, - judging by the opinions of different people, the cat eventually becomes the main in the family, so it turns out that people will become his "pets", and not vice versa, as it was originally planned.
All these observations directly indicate that the cat is more suitable for those who are democratic and respectful of other people's desires, often not matching with their own ones. Such a person will calmly react, for example, to the cat's refusal to play or stay at home for an hour or two before an overnight walk. Usually, such compliance is characteristic of representatives of professions associated with sitting at the computer, reading literature, studying documents, drafting, drawing up plans and projects - in short, representatives of a mental job, accustomed to working in silence and often in seclusion.
Such an owner perfectly understands the wish of a cat tired during the night to sleep for ten or twelve hours and to eat when he wants, and not when the owner deigns to offer some food. It is these people who quickly find in their relations with cats some common "frequency", the same "wave" and other, perhaps still unknown to science characteristics, allowing different creatures to get close and get along under one roof. And right for such an attitude, the cat will be infinitely grateful to his owner, and from such a person cat will not go away, as sometimes happens, when the thread of respect for this very sensitive and demanding animal with a psyche that is not inferior to the human is cut off.