Lion of the Blogosphere

Cats and dogs on Instagram

Cat and dog pictures are very common, but I think that there are at least twice as many cat pictures as dog pictures.

Is it because more people have cats as pets than dogs? Or because, although dogs may be more loyal animal companions, cats look a lot cuter?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 30, 2018 at 3:51 PM

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  1. Cat photo books also sell more than dog photo books. It may be because people who like dogs have more specific love towards certain breeds while those who like cats have more catholic tastes. There also seems to be a wider range of moods in cat photos, while most of the dog ones tend to be feel good, even the ones of pit bulls.

    Christine

    March 30, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    • Agreed. I had a beagle growing up so pictures of beagles get more of a reaction out of me than pictures of other dogs.

      I posted some pictures of my beagle on Instagram and more beagle-owners followed me than cat-owners would, pic for pic.

      (I had a cat until recently so I posted a lot more cat pics.)

      Sid

      March 31, 2018 at 4:38 AM

  2. Maybe it’s because girls like cats and men like dogs and Instagram is a female-dominated venue.

    fortaleza84

    March 30, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    • I would post pictures of my cat infrequently.

      Until I noticed a lot of girls started talking to me because of how cute my cat was.

      Then I made posting cat pics a regular habit.

      Sid

      March 31, 2018 at 4:39 AM

  3. I think more people have dogs than cats. Maybe cats are more photogenic.

    500px has 169,004 dog pictures
    https://500px.com/search?q=dogs&type=photos&sort=pulse

    and 657,077 cat pictures
    https://500px.com/search?q=dogs&type=photos&sort=pulse

    Some of then, presumably, have dogs and cats.

    playalongmusic

    March 30, 2018 at 4:21 PM

  4. Haven’t seen Instagram, but would the dogs be mostly effeminate, useless, nasty breads, if it’s a women’s app? I mean, do they have normal dogs like a Belgian shoppers or a that dog they bred in Rhodesia?

    Incidentally Lion, I’ve completed my 7th week of yoga practicing every day. You should do it man. I restored a lot of flexibility and balance. It’s amazing, but you gotta practice hard, it’s not sitting in lotus and meditating, like some people think. Do it, blog about it and you’ll be amazed how your readership will spike. Maybe a good way to spread the message of HBD this way. It’s hard for me to imagine too many people who do yoga voting for Trump. In fact, one of these outlets had a poster of a man holding a baby with the words: ‘Immigrants and refugees are welcomed here’.

    Yakov

    March 30, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    • Belgian shepherded, obviously. That’s a very useful dog. My best yoga teacher has two dogs and no kids and the right side of her body is covered with tattoos. She is white. Poor thing.

      Yakov

      March 30, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    • you don’t see many ridgebacks but I used to have one. a little sensitive but smart and well mannered. very similar to a greyhound in temperament. very nice dogs.

      destructure

      March 30, 2018 at 7:20 PM

  5. Which animals are more prole — dogs or cats?

    Oswald Spengler

    March 30, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    • Neither

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 30, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    • I think dogs. The only argument against cat owners is that some of them let their pets run wild and kill certain kinds of wildlife. But there are so many horrible dog owners whose pets kill and maim people and whose barking is a terrible nuisance. Dogs are so prole that we need way more stringent regulations on their ownership.

      Magnavox

      March 30, 2018 at 10:28 PM

      • Cats are cleaner and more effeminate. It’s also much easier to keep cats in your urban apartment, whereas dogs do better if they at least have a yard to run around in outside.

        I would say they’re slightly more SWPL, but many SWPLs own dogs and many proles prefer cats.

        Sid

        March 31, 2018 at 4:49 AM

      • My city has a pitbull ban which I love. There are lots of loose dogs around here and the last thing we need are pitbulls roaming the street. Unfortunately pitbull lovers had a protest in front of the city council and now they are going to have a vote to lift the ban April 17. I am worried.

        Jay Fink

        April 1, 2018 at 2:48 AM

    • Monkeys seem to be fairly prole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KWnQVjbIS8

      EzE

      March 31, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    • Depends on the breed of dog. Pit bulls and boxers —— prole by far. Those little annoying miniature breeds like yorkies, poodles, etc — also prole, and favored by girls that want to look fancy. The rarer the breed, the higher thr class (i.e most proles have probablt never heard of a belgian shepherd)

      Cats have a wide range and can be prole to upper class, but are rarely found among lumpenprole. Rare cat breeds almost always middle to upper class.

      markus

      March 31, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    • I applied the ‘country songs’ on google test searching first for ‘country songs & dogs’ and ‘country songs & cats.’ Results: Way more country songs about dogs than cats. This would seem to be definitive proof that dogs are more prole. And, unlike bias confirmation, it’s replicable.

      Curle

      March 31, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    • I vote dogs. Any true trashy enclave either has a small horde of vicious dogs (pit bulls) and/ or a small horde of stew dogs (ie chihuahuas) that poop everywhere. You rarely see trashy families hoarding cats.

      toomanymice

      March 31, 2018 at 6:40 PM

    • Obviously, that would depend on the owner as there are both upper and lower class people who own plenty of both. So that’s the wrong question to ask. A better question is what breeds different classes tend to own.

      Obviously, upper class are more likely to own purebred animals. But I don’t think most people care about cat breeds unless they’re a fancier. For most people, regardless of class, a cat is a cat. But dog owners do care and there are certain breeds different classes tend to own. For example, lower classes tend to prefer dogs that look “tough” like pit bulls and rottweilers while upper classes tend to prefer breeds like black labs along with some of the terriers, spaniels and corgis.

      destructure

      April 1, 2018 at 11:42 AM

  6. cats “a lot cuter”?

    they aren’t even cuter.

    Total number in United States:

    dogs 69,926,000
    cats 74,059,000

    it’s because cat people have autism.

    twilight of the libertarians

    March 30, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    • I saw a stat that about 20% of animal protein production is going to dog and cat food in the USA. I tried to chase down the source and failed. But it seems believable.

      If we’re going to use taxes to “nudge” people, taxing the crap out of pet food strikes me as a great idea. People living urban lifestyles should not own dogs. Dog and cat shit in creeks and rivers is now a huge source of toxic pollution.

      If you don’t live on a farm you should not own a dog or a cat. Stick to gold fish or such. Animals are not for city and suburban people.

      bobbybobbob

      March 30, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    • Maybe cats are much more popular with the globe trotting urbanite top instagrammers.

      Magnavox

      March 30, 2018 at 10:29 PM

  7. I have a theory that cats are useless and serve no social purpose beyond entertainment, cuteness and lap warming.

    The notion of cats as expungers of vermin is overrated; historically during times of pest infestation dogs, not cats were utilized. Dogs also served utilitarian roles as protectors and hunters. In fact it’s been theorized homo sapiens gained the edge on neanderthals because the latter could not adequately tame nor bond with dogs. Dogs in effect became the secret weapon leading to the evolution of modern man.

    Re their greater prevalence on instagram I’ve noticed the same thing on reddit. Way more cute cat gifs and pictures than any other animal.

    toomanymice

    March 30, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    • Not overrated at all. My auto mechanic has a cat in the shop to catch rats and mice and so does Home Depot on Hamilton Ave. Go find them there, but you won’t.

      Yakov

      March 30, 2018 at 5:45 PM

      • I dunno yakov. The feral cats by my house do nothing but rummage through garbage. Maybe mice and rats are put off by the scent of cats so it’s more deterrent than eradication. On a related note I wonder if the spay and release ideology has been dysgenic to feral cat populations because it leaves only the most vicious and human-averse to breed.

        toomanymice

        March 31, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    • Well, someone named “toomanymice” would say that!

      “vermin” – wrong, barn cats make terrific mousers and even ratters. Although it’s true that a specialized rat-killing dog is the best. But you have to take care of them. If you are in a rural area, a barn cat hardly requires any upkeep and they kill vermin brilliantly.

      Studies have been done about the effect cats have on wildlife. It’s pretty chilling.

      When I was a kid before everyone got sentimental about animals we had feral cats around and the toms were absolutely awesome, very muscular, jowly and fierce.

      gothamette

      March 30, 2018 at 6:23 PM

      • Maybe the trick is to not feed the cat and make it fend for itself foodwise.

        OT candidates tournament winner Fabiano Caruana is italian american. He’ll be the first american contender for world champion since bobby fischer. Do you think he looks guido?

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabiano_Caruana

        toomanymice

        March 31, 2018 at 8:03 AM

      • Cats instinctively chase small animals regardless of whether they are well fed. And mice instinctively leave an area occupied by a predator.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 31, 2018 at 8:25 AM

      • “Maybe the trick is to not feed the cat and make it fend for itself foodwise.”

        Right, or not feed it much, and don’t let it into the house. The entire relationship between modern cat-crazy owners and cats is pretty unnatural. Barn cats are fed just enough so that they don’t die, and they are left alone to be themselves.

        “Cats instinctively chase small animals regardless of whether they are well fed. ”

        Mice & chipmunks and small birds, yes. Rats not so much. Cats respect rats. An ornery barn cat will take on rats but I doubt a well-fed house kitty, especially a neutered one, would. But I admit I haven’t tested this scientifically and don’t want to.

        Cats are good for certain things and dogs others. Rat killing dogs were bred to kill rats and do other doggie type things. Rat killing cats are pretty much great predators but not great companion animals. Here’s a great article about a barn cat. Don’t let the Slate URL turn you off.

        http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/heavy_petting/2006/01/a_dog_man_gets_a_cat.html

        gothamette

        March 31, 2018 at 12:02 PM

    • I don’t buy this. Barn cats have been a thing forever. You have to take mastership of a modern dog, but cats are more like business partners. Farmers would (and still do) just let basically feral cats live in barns and silos, and feed them some meat and milk during the winter to help them through.

      bobbybobbob

      March 30, 2018 at 7:16 PM

      • In some asian cities I’ve been to there are big feral cat populations. You see the cats and their disgusting liquid shit and stinky urine all over the place. The locals don’t freak out about a mangy feral cat, or some cat roadkill.

        Know what you don’t see? Rats. In the big US urban centers you can’t go a half hour after dark on a walk without seeing a huge rat. I never saw one in Tokyo. The huge stray cat population takes care of them. Convenience stores there sell stuff to keep stray cats from pissing on walls (because it stinks).

        bobbybobbob

        March 30, 2018 at 7:22 PM

    • My theory of dogs is that in 2018, dogs are the friendship equivalent of porn in that everyone’s social skills have become so stunted that they can’t develop close friendships with humans, so they substitute an animal that will exhibit loyal, affectionate behavior towards them unconditionally no matter how boring or awkward they may be.

      You can tell I’m not much of a dog person.

      Jokah Macpherson

      March 30, 2018 at 8:18 PM

      • I thought this blog was the friendship equivalent of porn?

        I knew an old fellow who remarked ‘the older I get the less I like people and the more I like dogs.’

        Then there’s the old country song ‘you left with my dog and I miss him.’

        Curle

        March 31, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    • Cats were rodent control for grain when 95% of people were farmers. They were never indoor pets or much associated with people. They’re almost identical to their wild ancestors whereas dogs are dissimilar to wolves.

      JW

      March 30, 2018 at 9:30 PM

    • Yes, it was dogs that worked for a living; hence by definition they were the proles. Cats were cosseted aristocats. Egyptians worshiped cats; what religion ever deified dogs?

      Anthony

      March 30, 2018 at 10:41 PM

      • The Zoroastrians thought dogs were holy animals. When the Muslims conquered Iran, they harmed dogs in public to torment the Zoroastrians.

        Sid

        March 31, 2018 at 4:42 AM

  8. My Facebook is basically all dogs, cats and grandkids. The odd baby elephant now and then.

    playalongmusic

    March 30, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    • If you ever post your political opinions, you will be unfriended (or at least unfollowed), get into useless flame wars, lose your job if your boss sees what you wrote… or get arrested if you live in Europe and complain about migrants ruining your neighborhood.

      Facebook is incredibly boring now, but that’s because it became a bland, universal platform where anything provocative is immediately punished.

      In contrast, Facebook was fun 10-12 years ago when you had to be a college student to get an account. Back then you could talk about getting drunk with friends, rant about life, and look up pics of female students.

      Sid

      March 31, 2018 at 4:54 AM

      • My newspaper today has a front page article gloating about the firing of a nurse who posted something on Facebook that liberals don’t approve of. Poor dumb prole. I’ve basically felt like Winston Smith in “1984” ever since I was 15, so I’ve never spoken openly on anything under my own name.

        http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/article207364464.html

        Richard

        March 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM

  9. Breeds differ in intelligence, but digs are smarter than cat’s. Do what does this mean as far as HBD or anything? I dunno. Do they have cats in Africa?

    Yakov

    March 30, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    • Lions!

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 30, 2018 at 11:12 PM

      • More leopards than lions. Lions have high mortality rates because of their pride structure. Only 20% of baby lions make it to adulthood. The others starve to death because the older lions won’t let them eat enough of the kills.

        CamelCaseRob

        March 31, 2018 at 8:02 AM

      • They don’t have cats in Africa because people eat them! They even breed them for meat. Just found out, so do your research people!

        Yakov

        April 2, 2018 at 5:29 PM

  10. Maybe Yakov can help us with these videos. This people keep Siberian Lynxes as pets.

    JS

    March 30, 2018 at 7:35 PM

    • Yeap, they do. This is how cats were bread, so what’s the problem? Even in Moscow some had kept this cat for a pet. In some things USSR was ahead of the West.

      Yakov

      April 2, 2018 at 5:39 PM

      • These pet owners come across as sophisticated for Russians. We normally think of Russians as proles — too concerned with money and garish.

        The male lynx, the cat with the spots is not tamable, where he cannot leave his cage and he avoids human interaction as much as possible. I guess they only use him to mate with the females.

        JS

        April 2, 2018 at 9:33 PM

      • They are not really tamable, but some people apparently don’t think so.

        Russians have a deep culture and very expressive language.

        Yakov

        April 2, 2018 at 11:18 PM

      • Even in Moscow they keep a lynx. Russia is ahead here.

        Yakov

        April 2, 2018 at 11:46 PM

  11. There are two big reasons.

    First, a cats facial proportions are very close to a human baby’s. So they activate women’s maternal instincts while still being inhuman enough that they won’t activate people’s hostility towards babies of other races.

    eg remember how the ACLU caught hell over tweeting a photo of a blonde baby holding a flag? Some of the responses have been deleted… http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/23/aclu-apologizes-for-tweeting-photo-of-white-baby-with-u-s-flag/

    Next, dog people have dog parks, but cat people don’t have any easy way to see other people’s cats.

    Thagomizer

    March 30, 2018 at 8:18 PM

  12. I’ve lost count of the number of times people have shoved phone pictures of their stupid dogs in my face and I had to pretend to be interested.

    Jokah Macpherson

    March 30, 2018 at 8:22 PM

  13. Oct. 29th is National Cat Day!

    E. Rekshun

    March 30, 2018 at 9:14 PM

  14. Cats can look cute or funny while demonstrating a wide variety of emotions. They’re hence much easier to photograph.

    In contrast, dogs who are scared or angry are upsetting to look at.

    One time my roommate’s cat was scared and I took a picture of him. I sent it to my mom and my mom said she would kidnap him once she came to where I was living!

    Sid

    March 31, 2018 at 4:46 AM

  15. Cats are psychopaths. Women love psychopaths (see Lion’s earlier post on loads of teen girls sending love letters to Cruz the shooter of 17).

    That’s the real, dark reason they are more popular with women.

    Artifact

    March 31, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    • You’re reading too much into it. They just look cute.

      Golden Retrievers are no doubt great pets, but they lack the cuteness of cats and tiny Maltese dogs.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 31, 2018 at 11:59 AM

      • Did you read that article posted by JA? She’s gushing about the predatory facial structure of the cat.

        Artifact

        March 31, 2018 at 11:55 PM

  16. A former neighbor – a 40 y/o, never-married man – had a pet cat. Does that seem odd?

    Smartest Woman on the Internet

    March 31, 2018 at 3:38 PM


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