Dogs are pretty universally loved. They’re always happy to see you, they wiggle their butts on the regular and they’re basically the animal form of sunshine. But there’s also a large community of avid cat lovers that will fight you over which pet reigns supreme.
Well, I’m sorry to break it to #TeamCat, but according to a US study, dog owners are happier on average. The General Social Survey is one of the biggest social studies in the world, and is conducted annually in the US. This year, they decided to test household happiness, separated via the animal buddies we choose to keep.
According to the survey, on average 36% of dog owners classified themselves as “very happy”. Comparatively, only 18% of cat owners responded the same. And when it came to those who bat for both sides? A nice middle ground at 28%.
Now as a cat lover myself, I find this both offensive and unsurprising. Dogs are like excitable roommates who always want to grab a drink and catch up on your day. Cats meanwhile are more like that one roomie who you only ever see at meal times and DIY’d a lock on their door.
Anyway, whatever team you play for, having a furry friend in your life is always gonna bring some joy. Even if you’re just “happy” instead of “very happy” with your fave lil kitty.
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