Cat Owners versus Dog Owners, who fare better?

A very interesting detailed study just concluded in the UK comparing how well cat owners measure up to dog owners. You may vehemently agree or disagree with the findings but here it goes.

According to the study conducted by UK VetPlus, canine lovers are chirpier, more sociable and take home bigger salaries than feline lovers.

The researchers who carried out the detailed analysis found those who own cats are more likely to savor their own company. Feline owners are happier with solitary lifestyle and relish leading a slower pace of life, the data suggested. That may explain why 60 percent of cat lovers remain single, as compared to 55 percent unattached dog owners.

The research found dog owners are more likely to be property owners rather than renters. They tend to pay off their mortgage faster than those who chose feline companions. Interestingly, the survey found cat owners are also inclined to stay with their parents longer.

On the career front, the study found cat owners are on the disadvantage side with an average income of £24,000 (USD 34,700) a year, while dog owners averaging £27,000 (USD39,000) a year. On the plus side, cat owners are less likely to be stressed out by their job.

The research found dog owners are likely to be more of an achiever with 11 percent described themselves as “extremely successful”, 3 percent more than their cat-loving counterparts.

The biggest difference between UK’s cat lovers and dog lovers are shown in social connectivity. Cat lovers on the average have 50 online friends while dog lovers averaging 60 online friends. On face-to-face contact, cat owners fare similarly with 12 close friends while dog owners have 15 close buddies. Not surprisingly, cat owners score lower on their sex life too averaging twice per week, while their dog-loving counterparts report three times a week. The study also found UK cat owners spend less on their pet, averaging £47 (USD68) a month feeding their feline companions and keeping them healthy and fit. On the other hand, dog owners shell out £60 (USD87) monthly on food and other items.

Probably the most controversial finding is that the data collected points out dog owners seem to adore their canine friends more, scoring 9.5 over 10 on the affectionate scale compared to cat lovers’ 8 over 10 scores. Umm,  the researchers may sign up themselves for a good old ‘cat-scratches’.

VatPlus carried out the research in the UK involving 1,500 adults who have dogs or cats as companions “to understand the differences between dog and cat owners and what drives them to visit a vet”. They conclude that the result “may well be because of the difference in lifestyles and relationships between the pet and the owner”.
It will be interesting to conduct the same study in the United States to see if similar or contradicting results are found across the ocean, won’t it be?