Even if you own cats AND dogs, you’d probably describe yourself as either a CAT PERSON or a DOG PERSON. But if you’re not sure WHAT you are, here are five facts about cats and dogs, and the people who own them . . .
#1.) HEALTHIER PEOPLE OWN DOGS. According to a study from Queen’s University in Ireland, dog owners generally have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol. And they also don’t get sick as much.
#2.) CAT OWNERS ARE WELL-EDUCATED. According to a recent study at the University of Bristol in England, people with cats are more likely to have college degrees than people who own dogs.
#3.) OWNING A DOG IS MORE EXPENSIVE. But not by much. The average lifespan of a dog is 12 to 14 years. Over that time, each dog costs anywhere between $6,000 and $13,000 on average.
Most cats live nine to 15 years, and if it’s an INDOOR cat, it costs between $9,000 and $11,000. So, basically the same.
OUTDOOR cats are a lot cheaper though. They cost between $2,000 and $4,000, partly because you don’t have to buy kitty litter. And partly because sometimes they find their OWN meals.
#4.) THE SMARTEST DOGS ARE: Doberman pinchers, border collies, golden retrievers, German shepherds, and poodles. But CATS are pretty much all the same. No one breed is smarter than another.
#5.) MORE PEOPLE OWN CATS. 78 million Americans own dogs. 94 million Americans own cats. But we’ve had dogs for twice as long. Cats were domesticated about 7,000 years ago. Dogs have been living with us for over 14,000 years.