From “Cats, Dogs & Asperger’s Syndrome” by on MamaMia:
“A solitary cat, surviving in a room full of boisterous dogs. Its every move being analysed, interpreted and modified based on the framework of rules, behavioural patterns and ingrained habits of the canine species. And as a result, being disastrously misunderstood.
“Dogs wag their tails as a sign of happiness and anticipation of social interaction. Cats swish their tails as a warning to back off and give them much needed space. Dogs always welcome affection in whatever way it is offered to them. Cats will also offer heartfelt affection but it needs to on their terms, at a time that suits them. Sometimes they just need to be left alone. Dogs depend on your approval for their emotional wellbeing. Cats depend on certain things being in place in a routine that they can depend on, and will then reward your reliability with their unwavering friendship.
“Dogs are inherently social. They are pack animals with deeply entrenched hierarchical rules of canine society and as a result are desperately eager to please, and occasionally challenge, the pack leader. As puppies, they will romp and play delightedly with their littermates until they fall into an exhausted, but happy heap on top of each other at the end of the day. They rarely turn down an offer of affection and will warmly greet their family with furry hugs and sloppy kisses when they get home.
“On the surface, cats may seem more aloof, but cat lovers around the world will be quick to tell you they are always keenly observing every detail and will reward those who take the time to understand them with warmth, affection, loyalty and love. Dogs are less discriminating in whom they shower with their boundless love, and this is part of their universal appeal, but it is a trait that cats simply don’t understand … or tolerate. Their love needs to be earned.”
Not to trivialise Asperger’s Syndrome, but as much as I love dogs and would choose to be one if I could be any animal, I am very much a cat. Ask anyone.
Then again, maybe I have a mild case of undiagnosed Asperger’s…? It wouldn’t be unheard of.
I know two people with Asperger’s (perhaps more who haven’t divulged their condition; one who very obviously struggles with social interaction, the other; I couldn’t even tell they had it, based on what we’re told about Asperger’s in the media.
What about you? Asperger’s aside, do you relate more to cats or dogs?
Elsewhere: [MamaMia] Cats, Dogs & Asperger’s Syndrome.