Female Feline, Male Mutt/Playing With

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Basic Trope: A dog will be male, a cat will female, and their owners will often be the same gender.

  • Straight: Fluffy is a sassy, snarky female cat owned by Alice. Fido is a male Big Friendly Dog owned by Bob.
  • Exaggerated: Cats and dogs are shown to be a One-Gender Race, all female and all male respectively.
  • Downplayed: Fluffy is female and Fido is male, but other than that they mostly don't adhere to the stereotypes.
  • Justified: Alice is a cat person, Bob is a dog person, and they simply feel more comfortable with a pet the same gender.
  • Inverted: Fifi is a female dog owned by Alice and Max is a male cat owned by Bob.
  • Subverted: Tom the male cat joins Fluffy and Fido.
  • Double Subverted: Then Tom gets pregnant.
  • Parodied: Alice is a Straw Feminist who will not have any pet but a female cat.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: There are many cats and dogs in the cast and they are of varying genders.
  • Enforced:
    • The author has a thing for Cat Girls, and makes the dog a male so he can be the Idiot Hero.
    • The publisher wants the dog to be male to avoid B-word jokes, thereby keeping the work family-friendly.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh Fluffy, I just love your feminine feline wit."
  • Invoked: The series plays all the Animal Stereotypes straight or exaggerated.
  • Exploited: Fido is a Lovable Sex Maniac who loves female cats, and visits human women's homes first to find them.
  • Defied: Alice hates cats and Bob hates dogs.
  • Discussed: "Is it hard for you cat ladies to deal with oafish dog men?"
  • Conversed: "Hey Carl, ever notice how the cat is always a girl and the dog is always a guy?"