Cats are indeed ‘man’s best friends’ !
According to the newly published U.S. Pet Ownership &
Demographics Sourcebook, cats now outnumber dogs at
82 million cats vs. 71 million dogs. Cats don’t visit the
veterinarian as often as dogs. According to the AVMA
Survey, the average dog sees a vet 1.5 times a year. Cat
vet visits have fallen to less than one trip to the vet a year.
Most local and regional shelter groups agree more cats
land in animal shelters than dogs. Bad behavior is the
principal reason pets are given up to shelters by owners.
According to a survey conducted by the National Council
on Pet Population Study & Policy of pets relinquished to
shelters for behavior issues, 27 percent were dogs, and 35
percent were cats (the remaining percent did not specify).
Here’s still another example. Of the lost or stolen animals
entering shelters, 15 to 30 percent of dogs are reclaimed
by their loving families, according to the Humane Society of
the United States. However, a meager five percent of cats
are ever reclaimed. Is this because people tend not to
microchip or use ID tags for cats? Or because cats aren’t
‘worth’ claiming? There may be as many or close to as
many feral and stray cats as owned cats in America,
according to Alley Cat Allies. For the sake of all cats, we
need to rectify the problem, because cats don’t really have
eight other lives to live.
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