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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