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February 2, 2013

Dog versus Cat Population

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You may or may not know this, but Seattle is known, among other things, for its dog population.  What you most likely do not know, is that Seattle's cat population is even higher.  "We might like dogs in Seattle, but we love cats," states Balk. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 29.5% of households in Seattle have Cats; compared to 25.2% with dogs and 19% with kids. It's not just Seattle however. According to 21st Century Animal Resource & Education Services, out of the top 22 cities in the US, cat population beats dog population every time.  Keep in mind that this number does not include stray or shelter animals.  

So, why is this?  

The main reason can be found in the simple fact that more cat owners have multiple cats.  In August, 2011 the Humane Society of the United States released statistics on dog and cat ownership. With 39% of households owning at least 1 dog, and only 33% of households owning at least 1 cat, most people would assume that there would be more dogs than cats.  You would be wrong. There are roughly 78.2 million owned dogs and 86.4 million owned cats in the United States.  So where do the extra cats come from? The numbers fall into the percent of households that own more than 1.  Only 28% of dog owners own two dogs meanwhile, 52% of cat owners own two or more cats.

What's Mine is Yours

Of course all of these numbers just mean there are more friends out there for all and we can all share this wonderful place we live in.  So take a trip down to the dog park and enjoy the company! For more information on pet statistics visit HumaneSociety.Org

 

 

Photo Courtesy of: Yukari*

 

 

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