All of our pets bring us laughter, companionship, love and joy. But according to a new survey, “dog owners are about twice as likely as cat owners to say they’re very happy.” So why?
It’s the first time questions about pet ownership were asked in the General Social Survey, which measures political, cultural and behavioral changes across America. Thirty six percent of dog-only owners reported they were “very happy,” but only 18 percent of cat-only owners said the same. The reasons why might lie in the activities brought about by dog ownership.
Respondents with dogs were more likely than those with cats to be married and own homes. Both are obvious factors in happiness and general satisfaction. But dog owners are “more likely to form friendships with those in their neighborhoods, because they typically meet people while walking their pets,” according to one assessment in the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
“Dog owners are more likely to consider their pet a family member. They also play with their pets more and seek comfort from them. The analysts said they believe pet owners have stronger bonds with their dogs, which could create a greater sense of well-being.”
We think all pets are special. And we’ve loved all of our cats. And we like what considerable.com reported on pets and people:
“Pets give you somebody to wake up for, someone whose needs you have to attend to. People enjoy being needed and having something to care for,” said Cathleen Connell, Ph.D., at the University of Michigan.
Yes! Let us all enjoy and love our wonderful pets, no matter how many legs or toes they walk on. At Lucky & Lady®, you can rest assured in knowing we’ve covered everything to create the most stress-free, awesome environment for your pet. Whether your pet spends time in our Enhanced Day Care program, stays the night for Beyond Boarding, is pampered in our Grooming Spa, or has an awesome bath by you in our Self Wash, know the very best technology means you’ll always know just how much your pet is enjoying his stay with us. And be sure to sign up for What The B*RK, our monthly newsletter, where we’re about the drop our super Pack Leader Pass deal.
You can read details on the full General Social Survey here.