Dogs are more likely to be owned by families with kids. Cats are more likely to be owned by singles aged between 18 and 35. The Human Society has done the stats and it looks like things are looking up for … cats:
“Younger people are interested in cat ownership.” In fact, the data shows that a single person between the age of 18 and 34 is most likely to consider owning a cat.
Despite this apparently feeble interest in cat ownership, other research shows that cats are still the most popular pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2012 U.S. Pet Demographic Study, at the end of 2011 Americans owned 74.1 million cats, compared with 69.9 million dogs. And a 2011 CATalyst Council study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association shed some light on cat ownership. The study identified the need for “cat-friendly” education and training for both pet owners and veterinary staff to increase care for cats.”
So the winner in the eternal battle between cat and dogs is about to be announced and the medal goes to … the more compact pet.
It’s sad but it’s becoming harder to own a ‘family pet’ as the ‘family’ itself is in decline.