Illustrated here is the difference between the percentage of households that own dogs and the percentage that own cats. Orange colors indicate a higher percentage of dog owners while blue colors indicate a higher percentage of cat owners.
Note that Alaska and Hawaii were not included in the AVMA’s survey.
These states have the largest positive difference between dog ownership percentage and cat ownership percentage.
1. 1. Louisiana
Only 26% of households own cats while 48% own dogs. Louisiana’s loves dogs so much that it has a state dog, the Catahoula, which is believed to be the first dog breed developed in North America.
2. 2. Alabama
44% of Alabama households own dogs while 27% own cats.
3. 3. Mississippi
45% of Mississippi households have dogs but only 29% have cats. While this image has no direct connection to Mississippi, it’s pretty awesome.
4. 4. Texas
43% of Texan households have dogs and 28% have cats. The adorable picture above is from the annual “Mighty Texas Dog Walk,” an annual event for 15 years and counting.
5. 5. Arizona
44% of Arizona households have a dog while 30% have a cat. Above, an agility corgi named Shelby competes in Arizona.
6. Top Cat-Loving-Dog-Haters
These states have the largest negative difference between dog ownership percentage and cat ownership percentage.
7. 1. Maine
46% of Maine households have cats and 35% have dogs. The Maine Coon is not only the state cat, but also the winner of the first cat show in the United States, May 8, 1895
8. 2. Vermont
50% of Vermont households have a cat and 38% have a dog. Here’s a picture of a Vermonter holding a cat.
9. 3. Massachusetts
34% cat owning households, 24% dog owning. The tabby, pictured above, is the state cat.
10. 4. New Hampshire
34% cat owning households, 30% dog owning. No surprise that the University of New Hampshire mascot is the Wildcat. Dunkin, an up and coming Twitter-cat, is also a resident of New Hampshire.