Men ages 18-24 were more likely to think about adopting a cat, according to the study by The American Pet Products Association, Morris Animal Foundation and Maddie’s Fund. On the downside, adoptions are stymied by myths and misconceptions about cats.
More than half of the non-pet owners in the survey did not have a good opinion of cats. The top issues were scratching furniture, litter-box smell, jumping on countertops and spitting up hairballs. Now any vet or animal behaviorist will tell you a lot of this can be eliminated or greatly reduced through diet and training.
As for jumping, it can be an issue but I find it hard to resist Stanni’s sweet face and purr when she leaps on the counter, looking for food — or a hug.
There are about 94 million household cats in the United States and 77 million dogs. That should say it all but apparently some people still have cat-itude about cats.
The survey found some good news for feline fans. About 22 of non-cat owners would not rule out adoption.
Where there’s life, there’s hope.