Study confirms suspicions: Cat people are more enthusiastic than dog people

Clearly, the majority of the pet owners surveyed did not take the role lightly.

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I was only a cat person for about 17 years. After Hairy Pawter passed away, I decided to fully commit to becoming a productive member of society.

Forty-seven percent of U.S households have cats, and 60% have dogs. Last year, these pet owners dished out a collective $72 billion on their animals, which is an 8.1% increase from 2016.  Americans love animals. Thirty-five percent of the US pet owners surveyed in Rover.com’s new report said that their animals’ needs informed what kind of furniture they purchased, 29% said that it affected the kind of motor vehicle they bought, and 29% said that having animals impacted the kind of apartment or home they rented.


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Cat people vs. dog people

Clearly, the majority of the pet owners surveyed did not take the role lightly. Seventy percent of both “dog people” and “cat people” give their pets nicknames, 61% of both let their animals take over the bed and couch, the average amount of cuddle time a day was one to two hours for both. EIghty-four percent of cat lovers and dog lovers said that pictures of their respective animals take up half of the photo space on their phones, and the vast majority said that when they enter the house from work they say hello to their pets before family members.  But of the two kinds surveyed, which were the more enthusiastic?  Cat people. By a lot.

It is true that, on balance. dog people talk to their animals a lot more than cat people do, (on average cat people talked to their felines one to five times a day, the average chat-time reported by dog owners? “Too many time to count”) but the reason cat people, don’t talk to their cats as often as dog people is because they sing to them instead. Seventy percent more cat owners than dog owners reported doing so: “Making up new songs all the time or singing to their pet at least sometimes.”

Cat people are also 16% more likely to get ticked off if they see their pet cuddling up with someone other than themselves.  Ninety-one percent of cat owners claimed to be able to interpret their cat’s individual meows. Fifty-two percent of cat fanatics prefer to spend time with their animals rather than humans, which is 9% percent more than the dog owner respondents that agreed.


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CW Headley|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at cheadley@theladders.com.