If You’re A Cat Owner, You Won’t Like These Survey Results

Cat owners were rated below dog owners when it comes to friendships, salary and personal success.

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If you're a cat owner, you're probably home alone right now because, according to a recent survey, you don't have as many friends or make as much money as dog owners. lolostock/iStock/Thinkstock

If you own a cat, you might want to stop reading when this sentence ends — unless you feel like being angry. According to a survey conducted by nutritional supplement company VetPlus, cat owners are more likely to be single, to live with their parents and to earn less money than their canine-loving counterparts.

VetPlus spoke with 1,500 pet owners and determined that dog owners had more friends — both online and in real life — than cat owners did. Sixty percent of dog owners said they were married, compared with 55 percent of cat owners. (The remaining unmarried cat owners were more likely to live with their folks). In addition, dog owners reported an annual salary of £27,000 ($39,090), so they out-earn the average cat owner, who takes home £24,000 ($34,745) each year. Eleven percent of those dog owners also said that they were “extremely successful,” while only 8 percent of cat owners put themselves in that category. (Or maybe dog owners are just BIG FAT LIARS).

"I'll never get out of my parents' basement, and it's all my cat's fault." Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock

“I’ll never be able to move out of my parents’ house, and it’s all my cat’s fault.” Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock

“The goal of the research was to understand the differences between dog and cat owners and what drives them to visit a vet,” a VetPlus spokeperson told The Telegraph. “Looking at this research, this may well be because of the difference in lifestyle and relationships between the pet and the owner.”

The study also said that dog owners loved their pets more: They rated their affection toward their four-legged companion at a 9.5 out of 10, while cat owners rated themselves at an eight out of 10. Aaaand that’s where we draw the line. Say that we’re single, that we’re lonely and even say that we’re typing this in our parents’ basement, but don’t you dare say that cat owners don’t love their pets. We’re done here, survey. I SAID WE’RE DONE HERE.

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  • Or maybe dog owners stretch the truth a little. I am a cat owner and I was waybabove all those categories!

    Barbara March 19, 2016 8:08 am Reply
  • Cat people don’t need many people, are usually loners and that’s why they have cats. Cats are not needy but they love you. They are a great comfort when you are sad, they are quiet. They are also playful and can make you laugh when you don’t want to. You don’t have to worry about nasty, cold or hot weather for bathroom needs. You can also, when necessary, leave them alone for a day or two. Give me a cat any day! Oh, also we don’t really worry about being successful, we don’t need a lot.

    ruth March 19, 2016 8:17 am Reply
    • Thank all of you for writing was I was thinking. I have had several cats over the years. All were rescues. The one I have now wasn’t wanted by her owners. Shame on them. She has problems, but she loves me, I love her, and we are doing great togehter. And, yes, I am an 80 year old loner.

      ELAYNE March 22, 2016 4:33 am Reply
  • this is a joke!! most of these “statistics” are subjective…..first of all….we’re NOT known as cat “owners”…..we’re cat “staff”…and wouldn’t want it any other way….and as far as “success”….I consider myself to be a VERY successful cat staff member…..

    big daddy March 19, 2016 9:42 am Reply
  • I have 3 cats, 2 of which I rescued from certain death. Cuddles was emaciated and dehydrated and couldn’t hold herself up when I found her at about 6months. She’s now 4 and thriving. Tipsy was about 4 weekswhen I rescued her having been left in a milk crate on the corner with no food or water or milk crying her heart out. She’s now 7 months and thriving. Sure I could be more successful than I am but it has nothing to do with my cats and everything to do with my health.

    Claudia March 19, 2016 12:17 pm Reply
  • I am a cat person and fit the profile to a T. I am almost 40, had a string of unsuccessful relationshipso with long breaks of disappointmentsnow in between. I live with my elderly mother and earn less than 50K a year… BUT I measure my life differently. It is more important to have a couple of friends you can be yourself with and trust completely than being a social butterfly. It is more important who I work for than how much I make. It is more important what kind of a relationship you have with a person than if there’s is a traditional successful marriage picture and that’s why I am a cat person. It is true soulful connections we enjoy with our babies — no words may be exchanged but the look in each others eyes will speak volumes. They always know how I feel and when I need them and vice versa — the true soul mate connection is always there, just like total acceptance! That is why no survey will ever sway me — not everything in life can be measured and meaning and what’s important to you are those things! Cat people are often more individualistic and introspective with much deeper relationships and there is no impirical way to measure those aspects…so for all those who might start envying dog people — I will say go ahead! But I would rather be where it matters — where I see true love and my universe reflected in those beautiful round eyes and where my heart beat reverberates with my best friends’ purrs!

    Natasha March 19, 2016 2:15 pm Reply
  • I have four cats, i do not live with my parents, i am happily married, i have a daughter, my girls Kitty and Bella traveled with me to Europe so, i think that survey is kind of stupid…

    Betania R. March 19, 2016 5:31 pm Reply
  • I HAVE BOTH DOGS AND CATS AND I have less headaches with the cat!

    fernando March 19, 2016 7:14 pm Reply
  • I have 4 cats, not as successful as I’d like but I get by. I have as many friends as I need. Much to my fur kids dismay, I dog sat for 2 weeks. I had been thinking of getting a dog until then. I love dogs, but I just visit people with dogs instead. Although the cats do get into trouble, I’ll stay the crazy cat lady thank you!

    Julie March 19, 2016 8:13 pm Reply

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