Some people, it is said, are cat people and others are dog people. The same can be said of states and countries. Some have more cats and some have more dogs. After the jump, a discussion of the phenomenon and a link to some maps that show the cat places and the dog places. What does this preference in pets tell us about these different cultures and subcultures?
From Roberto A. Ferdman and Christopher Ingraham, Where cats are more popular than dogs in the U.S.—and all over the world – The Washington Post.
Here in the U.S., slightly more households own dogs than own cats. But Euromonitor’s numbers show that in terms of raw population, cats outnumber dogs to the tune of 2 million (the number is closer to 4 million, by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s estimate). . . .
At the state level in the U.S., cats outnumber dogs in the Northeast and Upper Midwest. Dogs are the favorite in the South and Southwest. The most dog-friendly state is Arkansas, where dogs outnumber cats 1.35-to-1. At the other end of the spectrum stands Massachusetts with 1.87 cats for every dog.
“A lot of that simply has to do with population density,” Jared Koerten, a pet industry analyst at Euromonitor, said in an interview. “Many cities just aren’t that dog-friendly.”
Still, overall, most states have a pretty balanced cat-dog ratio.
Around the world the story is quite different. Euromonitor gave us estimates of the pet dog and cat populations in 54 countries, and some show a stark dog/cat divide. In India, for instance, pet dogs outnumber cats 10-to-1. Dogs enjoy a 2.5-to-1 advantage in China. On the other hand, cats outnumber dogs 3-to-1 in Switzerland, Austria and Turkey.
Overall, cats are the favored pet in most of Western Europe, with the exception of Spain, Portugal and Ireland. South America is strictly dog country, as is much of Asia.
Go to the link for a U.S. and a World map of which states and countries go for which pet.