Today, in the 21st century, Vermont leads this country in cat ownership with almost 50 percent of households owning at least one, according to recent research by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
“I’m not surprised at all,” said Dr. Lynn Martin, veterinarian at the Country Animal Hospital in Bethel. “When I’m at veterinary conferences, cats are taking over dogs as being the most numerous pets because people are more mobile, live in apartments and find that cats are easier to take care of. You can travel with them or leave them behind with someone like a neighbor coming in to take care of them.”
The 2012 statistics are based on the U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook which recently revealed that Vermont also ranks first for pet ownership with 71 percent of households owning a pet. Seven years ago, the last time the AVMA published the Sourcebook, Vermont also ranked first with 75 percent of households owning a pet. (Click here to see photos of local cats.)
“America has discovered the cat,” said Martin who has two marmalade cats of her own. “They’re captivating Americans. Everybody at our vet conferences is remarking on this phenomenon.”