Most people have a preference for pets. Some people prefer no pet, some people prefer odd pets like snakes, or spiders, or lemurs or the odd tiger or elephant.

But the vast majority of Americans at least own cats or dogs or both.

Here’s a story about the relative “popularity” of cats and dogs. An excerpt:

Cats are “nasty, stinking creatures,” says Mark David of Warrensburg, Mo. And dogs? They’re noisy, disruptive and “lick you and themselves,” counters Sanford Reikes of Louisville, Ky.

Clearly, there are dog people and there are cat people. But it’s not much of a contest: 74 percent of people like dogs a lot, and only 41 percent like cats a lot.

Cats win the dislike vote handily, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll. Fifteen percent of the adults questioned said they disliked cats a lot while the number who said they disliked dogs a lot was just 2 percent.

Overall dogs were preferred to cats by a significant portion of the population. Which is not surprising since dogs are pets and cats are parasitic life forms who serve no purpose beyond enraging your neighbors.

One of the few things that people did prefer cats for was that cats don’t require the attention that dogs do. By this they mean that they can put the cat out and go do whatever they want for hours and hours while their cat terrorizes the neighborhood small mammal and bird populations, has screaming sex under the windows of neighbors and leaves paw prints and biological byproducts all over the neighbors’ yard, garden, car and furniture.

I’ve commented on this before. In fact this was the subject that got me banned from Pinecam.com, a mountain community website where I live. Luckily I think it’s going to be hard for me to get banned from my own blog.

Look, I “get” what makes cats popular with some people. But if those people let their cats roam the neighborhood, then I don’t really give a cr*p about what makes them popular. Cats roaming the neighborhood is one of my oldest and most powerful pet peeves. It’s not that I hate cats entirely, I just hate having YOUR damn cat in my yard making my life miserable. If you keep your cats in your own yard and house, then I’m fine with that. That’s what I do with my dog. I don’t let my dog free to have yowling sex under your bedroom window at 3:00 am, why the hell do you think its OK to let your cat free to do that to me?

On a typical day when I take my dog out for her morning walk, I find two or three cat tracks in the snow, and of course my dog finds them and I have to call her back from tracking the cat down and leaving my property. I don’t like that. If the cat is ON my property, then I have to keep my dog from CHASING the dang feline, potentially into the road where my dog could get run over.

In my opinion it’s real simple. It’s not that I don’t like cats. I don’t like free roaming dogs either. But the vast majority of dog owners don’t let their dogs roam free. Keep your cats on your property where they shred your furniture and crap in your tomato plants and we’ll do just fine. But if you don’t, and your cat comes back with a lump on its head from a well-thrown rock, don’t bother to whine to me about it. I’ve got more rocks.