A survey found that 36 per cent of dog-only owners said they were “very happy,” but only 18 per cent of cat-only owners said the same. TNS
Are you a dog or cat lover? One of the animals may make you happier than the other, according to a new report.
The General Social Survey, which measures political, cultural and behavioural changes across America, recently released the results of its 2018 study, which included questions about pet ownership for the first time.
After analysing the results, the survey found 36 per cent of dog-only owners said they were “very happy,” but only 18 per cent of cat-only owners said the same, the Washington Post reported.
About 32 per cent of those with no pets and 28 percent of dog and cat owners said they were “very happy.”
While it’s unclear why dog owners are happier than cat owners, the researchers noted those with dogs are more likely than those with cats to be married and own homes. Both of those factors are known to boost happiness and life satisfaction, the findings showed.
The researchers also said dog owners are more likely to form friendships with those in their neighbourhoods, because they typically meet people while walking their pets.
Furthermore, 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.