Is Tennessee A Dog State Or A Cat State

Dated: 07/29/2015

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In a great article today, Realtor.com reveals the answer to the burning question "Is Tennessee a Dog state, or a Cat State"?:

Dog and cat


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There are cat people; there are dog people. Well, guess what? States divide along those same furry lines. The majority of Americans love their pets—56% of U.S. households have one. So enough already about all of this red state vs. blue state nonsense: Do you live in a dog state or a cat state?

Which beloved domestic animal reigns supreme by state? To find out, we took a deep dive into pet population data from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Check out our map to find out if your pet preference falls on the right side of your state lines. (Note: Data for Alaska and Hawaii were not available. Sorry!) And for those who really want to know where Fluffy stands, check out the detailed cat and dog population data at the bottom of this article.

OK, let the house-trained beast battle begin!

cat states vs. dog states



Crossing the Mason-Dixon pet line

Our findings revealed plenty of interesting cuddly animal-specific trends. Example: Roughly speaking, Southern states are more Fido-friendly than Northern states, which tend to be the cat’s meow.

Massachusetts is the biggest feline state with nearly 2 times more cats than dogs. Arkansas ranks No. 1 in ratio of dogs to cats.

Nationwide, though, cats outrank dogs 74 million to 70 million. Though dog owners are a larger number than cat owners—due to multiple cat ownership by household.

Bottom line: It’s no surprise Americans lavished $30.4 billion on all those furry family members last year, up from $17.8 billion in 2000, according to The Wall Street Journal. Luxury buildings are offering upscale amenities such as rooftop dog runs and spa “pawdicures” in order to lure those free-spending pet lovers.

“More people are shopping for homes and cars with the needs for their pets in mind,” said pet health and safety coach Arden Moore.

Doggy amenities win

But we wanted to dig deeper. So our data team scratched its way into our 2.6 million active and recently sold home listings to tease out the most popular dog- and cat-friendly home features. We found plenty of fascinating revelations for Rover:

dog-friendly home feature


With tubs and shower heads adjusted to the height of dogs, washing stations make cleaning your dogs at home easier.

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With tubs and showerheads adjusted to the height of dogs, dog washing stations make cleaning your dogs at home easier.

Despite a prevalence of cat owners, we didn’t find a significant pattern of cat-friendly features in our home listings. That’s probably because the most common cat features such as cat trees, scratching posts, or self-cleaning litter boxes are portable rather than built in. And none of these features are things people want to brag about anyway.

We did, however, discover some awesome cat-friendly homes, like this one:

Adventurous cat enclosure

The owner of this Prescott, AZ, log cabin transformed the backyard into a full-on cat paradise, with an aerial walkway and a fun-filled play area. Hey, is that a trampoline? Live large, kitty.

Web article URL: http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/dog-state-vs-cat-state/?cid=soc_20150729_49936666&adbid=626414469233577989&adbpl=tw&adbpr=17351940


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Rayne Price

Holding a BS in Environmental Science, and MA in Education, real estate was not Shields Team Buyer Specialist Rayne Price's first career choice. It was only after encouragement from his wife and a cl....

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