Are you a
dog or cat lover? One of the animals may make you
happier than the other, according to a new report.
General Social Survey, which measures political,
cultural and behavioral changes across America, recently
released the results of its 2018 study, which included
questions about pet ownership for the first time.
analyzing the results, the survey found 36 percent of
dog-only owners said they were “very happy,” but
only 18 percent of cat-only owners said the same, the
Washington Post reported.
percent of those with no pets and 28 percent of dog and
cat owners said they were “very happy.”
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.
researchers also said dog owners are more likely to form
friendships with those in their neighborhoods, because
they typically meet people while walking their pets.
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.