Dog People Versus Cat People

American Veterinary Medical Association notes differences between cat and dog owners.

Posted: October 30, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Are people who like dogs that much different from people who like cats? A new study by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) published in the “U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographic Sourcebook” points out some unique differences between cat owners and dog owners.

“Our surveys show that single people are more attracted to cat ownership, while dog owners are married with children,” said James Flanigan, AVMA head of marketing. In fact, 67 percent of dog owners are married, compared to 61.8 percent of cat owners. “While the demographic information is interesting, some of it is concerning, too.”

Flanigan points to statistics that show cat owners spending less on veterinary care than dog owners. In 2007, 82.7 percent of dog owners made at least one annual visit to a veterinarian, while only 63.7 percent of cat owners did the same. “Cat owners are much less likely to seek veterinary care for their animals…and this divide seems to be growing,” Flanigan said.

Other statistics about pet demographics were revealed as well. While dog owners outnumber cat owners — 43 million to 37.5 million — cats outnumber dogs as pets, 81.7 million cats compared to 72.1 million dogs. AVMA says this is because cat owners are more likely to have more than one cat.


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Taylor   New York City, NY

2/17/2009 6:31:50 PM

My family and i have had i think 4 cats in the past but they are all gone and now we have 2 1 year old goldendoodle puppies and we absolutely love them! they go in about once every year for shots and otherwise thats about it! i have to say that cats were a little easier to handle but they just arent as fun as dogs!!

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Gabby   Rocklin, CA

2/17/2009 6:26:52 PM

this is actually quite iteresting cause it shows statistics that are really cool!!! this info was really useful!! thanks sooo much! i had to write an essay on this topic and this was soo useful!

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Bob   Kalamazoo, MI

1/30/2009 12:37:02 PM

thats cool

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Jenny   New Oxford, PA

11/4/2008 6:57:04 AM

Interesting facts! I have both dogs and cats and all go to the vet for their check ups and vaccinations.

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