Dog People vs. Cat People: What This Facebook Study Found May Surprise You


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By Aly Semigran August 22, 2016 at 03:54PM / (0) comments

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Cat people and dog people have been fighting stereotypes like, well, cats and dogs.

Recently, Facebook did some research to get to the bottom of the social characteristics of both cat lovers and dog devotees. Do these pet parents really have such major differences, or are they the same on the inside? This study, unlike some other divisive ones, may mend old wounds rather than keep the “rivalry” going.

By sampling data from approximately 160,000 people in the United States who shared pictures of themselves with their cat or dog, the social media company took a closer look at the statistics of these particular pet parents. Some of the highlights of the Facebook research includes:

– While users identified by Facebook as “dog people” had, on average, 26 more friends than “cat people,” users identified as a “cat person” got invited to more events. They also discovered that cat fans tend to associate with fellow kitty enthusiasts, while canine buffs stay with their pack, too.

– Cat parents are more likely to be single (30% of users, compared to the 24% of single dog people).

– When it comes to pop culture, a puppy parent is more likely going to watch a rom-com or something about dogs (or perhaps both, like Marley and Me), while kitten fans are willing to go a little further out there and watch sci-fi and fantasy.

– Dog people are more likely to have status updates conveying how excited they are about something, while kitty owners express feelings of being tired. (Perhaps they need a cat nap?)

– Kitties take over cities, as the data found that more cats resided in urban dwellings, while their puppy pals tend to live out in more rural areas.

The conclusions are something to take with a grain of salt, however, considering that cat ownership in the U.S. outnumbers dog ownership. According to 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, there are an estimated 85.8 million cats as pets in America, compared to 77.8 million dogs.

While cats may outnumber dogs, there’s one thing pet owners definitely have in common: they love their furry best friends.

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