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 it: 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 basis of choice, since in the final analysis everything is decided by personal sympathies, rather than by 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 it, a general disposition towards its biological appearance, willingness to take care of it, spending money on food, combs, collars and leashes. It will be impossible to overcome hostility even to a rare thoroughbred beast, either for reasons of prestige, or for the sake of wanting to boast 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 type 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. It can be assumed that the dog will be more likely to become a friend and interlocutor for such a master, sharing with him all the emotions, constantly being nearby and requiring continuous communication.
Regular walks in the yard will be a welcome time to communicate for both the owner and the dog, and both will equally welcome the next opportunity to share with their neighbors their achievements in training and improving the exterior. Any new outfit, anti-ice and anti-slack 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, will be happy with any such new accessory even more than his faithful dog.
A little differently, the relationship with the pet will develop for the person who gets the cat. Such a choice is certain for an independent person, used to make decisions based on personal preferences, rather than the alleged reaction of others. A domestic cat can safely spend his nighttime vigils in the yard and return home in the morning, where this is possible from an engineering standpoint. If the entrance to the house is blocked by an iron door with an intercom, and you have to go up to the apartment by an elevator, your cat can be taken off the street in the morning, going to the entrance and calling it by the nickname.
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 spend the night in the street, needs help out there, going down with him and opening the door to him. If this little domesticated animal is completely deprived of its main joy - free life, climbing trees, exploring cellars and collectors, communicating with other cats and loud singing in the spring, - then the cat will turn into an unfortunate infantile creature, panically afraid to go out even to the staircase. At the same time it 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 and that all day tired of the night "hunting" the cat will be fast asleep somewhere in the corner and sluggishly react to attempts to play with it, to stroke it, to bathe or comb. In the habits of a cat 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 beast will show activity mainly when everyone is already asleep.
Naturally, this mode of communication requires the ability to make certain sacrifices, which is peculiar not so much to the soul of the company as to the same individualist and single person as the cat itself. It will necessarily appreciate the willingness of the owner to adapt to the natural rhythms and, quite possibly, even begin to consider him its friend. At the same time, a mustachioed pet is unlikely to agree with the role of a faithful servant and adorer, as a dog usually becomes. Moreover, - judging by the opinions of different people, the cat eventually becomes the main in the family, and it turns out that these 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 people 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 mental work, accustomed to the occupation, focus on the task facing them, work in silence and often in seclusion.
Such a master perfectly understands the desire of a cat tired for a night to sleep for ten or twelve hours and to eat when it wants, and not when the master 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 just for such an attitude the cat will be infinitely grateful to its owner, and from such a person it may not go away, as sometimes happens, if the thread of respect for this very sensitive and demanding animal with a psyche that is not inferior to the human is cut off.