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What Your Pet Reveals About You

By    |   Monday, 13 April 2015 12:36 PM

Owning a pet — and whether it’s a dog, cat, snake, or other exotic animal — says a lot about who you are, how and where you live, and what you tend to believe are your core values.

A new analysis of surveys, studies, personality traits, market surveys, demographic information, and economic factors compiled by Scientific American reveals surprising differences and intriguing similarities among pet owners in the U.S.

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For instance, dog owners are more likely to be college professors, entertainers, nurses, and military professionals. Meanwhile, physicians, medical lab technicians, and real estate agents are far more likely to keep a cat in the home.

Among the other findings:
  • Pet ownership is highest among families, households with five or more members, full-time workers, homeowners, and individuals who describe themselves as social and empathetic.
  • States with the highest percentage of pets owners (63-71 percent): Vermont, New Mexico, South Dakota, Oregon, and Maine.
  • States with the lowest percentage of pet owners (50-51 percent): Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Utah, and Nebraska.
  • People who are less likely to own pets live in urban areas, describe themselves as independent and place a high value on having a neat and tidy home.
  • If you’re a dog owner, you’re more likely to consider a pet a family member, be in senior management, not have a college degree, and consider yourself extroverted, agreeable, and conscientious.
  • States with the most dog owners: Arkansas, New Mexico, Kentucky, Missouri, and West Virginia.
  • If you’re a cat owner, you’re more likely to be divorced, widowed, separated, live in an apartment, have a college degree, and consider yourself neurotic and more open to new experiences.
  • States with the most cat owners: Vermont, Maine, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington.
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  • When it comes to exotic pets: Rabbit owns tend to believe they are neurotic and introverted.
  • Bird owners are more likely to be unemployed and be polite and caring.
  • Horse owners are most often married, hold advanced education degrees, and live in rural areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, or Louisiana.
  • Snake owners say they are relaxed and comfortable.
  • Turtle owners believe they are hardworking, reliable, and upwardly mobile.
  • Since 2006, the percentage of American households with a pet as declined by 2.4 percent; experts blame the recession.

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