Dogs rule, cats drool: Americans prefer pups

Dogs rule, cats drool: Americans prefer pups

A new survey shows that dogs are the most loved animals in America.
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Jan 07, 2010
By dvm360.com staff

Cat owners love their feline friends, but the results of a recent survey are clear: America is a dog country. The poll, conducted by the Associated Press and Petside.com, found that 74 percent of all Americans like dogs a lot, while just 41 percents like cats a lot. Among pet owners specifically, those numbers jump to 84 percent and 49 percent, respectively. Conversely, 2 percent of all survey respondents said they dislike dogs a lot, while 15 percent said they dislike cats a lot.

The survey results don’t stop there. Sixty-eight percent of pet owners like both dogs and cats, while 26 percent like only dogs, and 3 percent like only cats. Seventy-four percent of the 1,166 respondents who identified themselves as pet owners have a dog, and 47 percent own a cat.

What do these numbers mean for your veterinary clinic? Considering that 20 percent of pet owners surveyed said they dislike cats at least a little, it could be evidence of a disturbing trend in feline healthcare: uneducated pet owners. Read “Get cats out of the shadows” and check out our Feline Health Center for tips on educating your clients and giving patients—cats and dogs—the care they deserve.

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