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Who's Smarter: Cat Owners or Dog Owners?

Cat owners are statistically more likely to have a college degree than dog owners. In fact, households with at least one degree-holder are about 1.5 times more likely to own a cat than a dog. Despite the education level of their owners, dogs are actually better at reasoning than cats, according to some tests.

More facts about cats and dogs:

  • There are almost 100 million owned cats in the United States, and about one-third of all Americans own at least one cat, though most cat owners have more than one.

  • Cat owners are more likely to be single than dog owners. In fact, almost 70 percent of dog owners are married, as opposed to 60 percent of cat owners.

  • Dog owners tend to spend almost $100 US Dollars more annually on vet bills than cat owners, and they make almost 20 percent more visits to the vet per year than cat owners do.

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TeakieDLP
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I'm a widow (2008) and I have always had a cat. I also had poodles when I was married. I recently received an American/English Bulldog puppy. I kept him for about nine months (112 lbs vs. 62 pounds and still growing); he was very smart but too much for me to handle and afford.

When I finally gave him to a new family, my stress was reduced, my cat's much happier and so is my back. I was constantly house-proofing and picking up bits and pieces of things I thought were out of his reach.

I wasn't involved in the research of facts, but cats certainly fit me and my lifestyle!

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