Cat Owners vs. Dog Owners: Different Reasons for Treating

You don’t have to look far to find stereotypes about “dog people” versus “cat people.” Dog owners tend to think of themselves as more social and friendly, whereas cat owners think of themselves as independent and curious. And according to “Psychology Today,” there is actually some evidence to support these ideas. Consider the results from a recent online survey that asked participants whether they were dog people, cat people, neither or both, and then had them answer a survey about their personality traits:

  • Dog people were 15% more extroverted.
  • Cat people were 11% more “open,” meaning they had a better appreciation for emotion, art, adventure and imagination.
  • There are more dog people than cat people.
  • Cat owners are 33% more likely to live alone and twice as likely to live in an apartment rather than a house.

Given these differences, it’s not surprising that dog owners and cat owners have different reasons for giving their pets treats.


Dog owners are more likely to give rewards to their pets for performing a task they’re trying to teach. This is probably because it’s easier to train dogs to perform tricks or obey commands while cats show little interest in these activities, even when presented with a treat as a motivator.

Show Love

Cat people tend to give treats to show love, or to provide their cats with entertainment. This is particularly true for owners of indoor cats. To compensate for the lack of environmental stimulation that indoor cats might miss, owners can give a treat, especially if it’s inside a food puzzle or toy, to temporarily engage and entertain their indoor cat.

Clean Teeth

Both cat owners and dog owners are likely to give treats designed specifically to improve a pet’s oral health. For cats, FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats are designed to clean teeth by fighting plaque and tartar buildup. Plus, they are 100% nutritionally complete and balanced for adult

Provide Other Health Benefits

Like humans, dogs and cats are more likely to have health issues as they age. Many pet owners are interested in finding solutions to improve health for their pets, so they turn to supplements or treats to help. FELINE GREENIES® SMARTBITES® Treats offer solutions to help with a number of common cat issues, such as hairball control, healthy skin and fur, and digestive care. And they taste so good that your cat won’t even know you’re giving it for the health benefits.

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