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What Your Pet Says About Your Career, Other Than ‘Meow’

Hi, I'm Ella the World's Most Famous Cat

Among the things I do at my “day job” is come up with stuff radio hosts can talk about on their shows. I try to stay away from bogus Internet poll “studies,” because they’re, um, bogus. They’re for entertainment purposes only, people! Yet I get a lot of them submitted to me, because they’re easy, cheap, throwaway topics, and when you’re a talk show host or an overworked writer (ahem), easy, cheap, throwaway topics are sometimes just what you want.

Speaking of which, this is one of those articles, from (via CNN): It tries to cross-reference the kind of pets you have and the job you have, and attempts, from that, to find out what your pet says about your career.

Aha, see? It doesn’t matter that it’s just a stupid Internet poll. You want to know the answer, don’t you?

After the jump, buddy, after the jump.

The “poll” said that dog owners are the most likely to be the top bosses, owners of snakes or reptiles are the most to earn six figures, and bird owners are happiest with their jobs.

I own a cat, or, more precisely, a cat (Ella the World’s Most Famous Cat, by name) controls practically every aspect of my life. What does that say about me? It says that I’m likely a doctor, real estate agent, science and medical lab tech, machine operator, or personal caretaker. I’m none of the above. I’m an editor/writer, and, according to this thing, I should own a snake or reptile, which is not going to happen, ever.

Check out the article here and see what you think. What are good pets for nerds like us? What do we have here? Dog people, cat people, ocelot people? Just so you know, they don’t mention Chia Pets in this survey.


  1. Sheryl says:

    Afghan Hound, Cock-a-Poo, Siamese mix cat, Blue Crowned Brazilian Conure, Guinea Pig, and 24 reptiles! :)

  2. HoneyBee says:

    I used to have a cat, but she died… soooo I rather have a virtual pet now. A tiger :)

  3. Jay says:

    I don’t have a pet, is that why I’m unemployed?

  4. mitchell says:

    reef aquarium = pets + DIY + chemistry

  5. Jack says:

    Hmm says I’d own a dog because I’m in IT but I have a cat. I’d say bogus

  6. I also have a pet bag of black smoke. It’s pretty awesome and his name is Locke. Get it? See what I did there? The lost reference….man I shoulda’ killed myself days ago…

  7. I have a pet piece of cheese; bree cheese to be specific. His name is Enterprise.

  8. summer says:

    I have a cat — she has coloring similar to Ella, only she is dilute. She has become a chubster since she lost her dog roomie

  9. Melissa says:

    What does it mean if you have buffalo. (american bison) i wonder what they would make out of that one.

  10. ArtistWriterEditor says:

    I’m an Editor/Writer too. I have a dog. He’s a big, black lab that weighs more than I do.

  11. Amber-Lee says:

    Chinchilla here. I think that makes me an annoying hipster.

  12. Iriel says:

    I own four dogs and two cats, what it says about me? LOL

    I’m not a cat person or a dog person, I’m an animal person :)

  13. John Lewis says:

    I have 2 dogs (Australian Shepherds), and 2 cats. It is a delicate dynamic to have 2 dogs with very strong herding instincts and 2 cats with a very strong desire to not be herded. We love ’em all.

  14. jamie says:

    Lots of homeless and unemployed folks have dogs too. They must be waiting for the next CEO position to open up.

  15. Kathy says:

    We’re both writers w/day jobs and have two cats and a dog. The dog to make us feel superior and the cats to remind us we’re not.

  16. Chase C says:

    PFT does a bit about having a miniature bear as a pet. I’m currently working on making that a reality. Don’t tell the government!

  17. james says:

    Cat people are more polite, like cats. Dogs are loud and demanding, which is why they make good bosses I guess.

  18. Charlie says:

    They left out ferrets. How the hell do you even attempt an article like that and leave out the 3rd most popular pet? They didn’t even go for small animals/pocket pets that some mistakenly throw ferrets into. And bunnies, I know a lot of bunny owners.
    Oh my, wondering what jobs a person that owned dogs, cats, birds, snake and ferrets would have, beyond zoo keeper.

  19. Mike says:

    My only pet is an Arcanine…

  20. May-Day_Aura says:

    I don’t put much stock in articles like this one. We have the pets have we because we like them or they found us and refused to go away. (But we still love them anyways!)

    I have two cats (one adopted from a shelter, one a stray we took in) and one dog who thinks he’s a horse (he was raised on a horse ranch), and I’m a teacher and theatrical costumer. I didn’t see those jobs listed in the article. “Professor” doesn’t count for me because I don’t work at a college level. And an “entertainer” I am not…I dress the “entertainers”. =/

    And what does it say about people who own more than one kind of these pets? Or if you don’t own any of these kinds of pets? What about the ferret or bunny owners of the work force? Or the horse or goat or pig owners? (I live near the country and know people who have “farm animals” as their pets.)

  21. J'wyl says:

    Huh, I have a cat that acts like a dog. He is fairly large (down to 16 lbs at 14 yrs and an accident that lost him his 18″ long tail). He follows me around, sits at my feet, begs for food and runs to meet us at the door MAOWing loudly. Affectionate, loyal, social and noisy… that is Scooter.

  22. kenwarf02 says:

    What does it mean then when you get a dog and teach it to act like a cat? But I want to get a BIG cat and teach it to be like a dog! I guess I’ll have to keep looking for the right bogus survey before I can figure this out.

  23. Robb says:

    Yup. Bogus. Engineer with a cat here…

  24. Heleen says:

    I own two goldfish in a big tank, a cat and two dogs and still my job is not listed anywhere…….

  25. anna says:

    rats! they’re like tiny dogs! <3

  26. Elizabeth says:

    So… what does it mean if I have a pet rock?

  27. JazFusion says:

    I have a 55 gallon tank of rainbowfish, harlequin rasboras and emerald cories. I also have 2 cockatiels.

    Personally, the article is bogus. I’m a total cat person, but my husband is allergic. We’d have a dog, but they’re not allowed where we live.

    And the article says NOTHING about goats. Geez.

  28. brie987 says:

    Tamagochi of course!, what else is there?

  29. Erica says:

    Messenger pigeon to let your mom know you need more pizza rolls