America’s Favorite Pet

It should come as no surprise that the cat is America’s favorite pet. Dogs lovers may object, but cats are easier to house than most dogs. Cats are content with food, water, a bed (which can be as simple as a cardboard box)*, a litter box and a sunny window. The cat is perfectly content not to see you for days, just so long as the food and water keep coming.

According to a newspaper report today, “About 34 percent of American homes have at least one cat.” According to various surveys, the number of dog households exceeds that of cat households, but the number of cats is greater than the number of dogs. People are more likely to have multiple cats than multiple dogs, I suppose.

Source: “Purrfect Sense
Helena Independent Record, July 8, 2007

*Cats like to toy with their owners. When you buy them a nice, fancy bed, they’ll prefer sleeping in the box the bed came in. When you buy them toys, they’ll prefer to play with straws and pieces of string. Tie a straw to a string, and your cat will be entertained for hours.

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