A recent survey found that adolescents may get more satisfaction from owning pet rats than from pet cats or dogs.
The survey, conducted by RightPet, an online resource for pet owners, involved nearly 17,000 pet owners from 113 countries. The survey contained questions about pets participants owned currently, in the past, as well as those they have worked with. The survey was paired with a Big Five personality assessment to better understand the ways individuals with specific personality traits interact with and respond to specific types of animals.
Among the findings, the survey indicated that children between the ages of 10 and 17 years old got more satisfaction out of pet rats than they did any other animal. The survey results contained other interesting findings as well:
Women vs. Men on the “Dogs vs. Cats” Debate:
Women like cats more than dogs. In contrast, men like cats and dogs the same.
Dog Owners Are Generally Happier with Large Dogs:
Women and men are both more satisfied with larger dog breeds than small breeds. This is especially true for men, who are happiest with large and giant dog breeds.
For People Open to New Experiences:
Pet owners who score high in the personality trait of “openness” tend to be more satisfied with dogs than cats.
Moody and Anxious Men Don’t Care Much for Cats:
Men who experience a lot of negative emotions tend to be less satisfied with cats than more emotionally-stable men (i.e., ones who experience fewer negative emotions). In contrast, moody and anxious women tend to enjoy cats just as much as their more emotionally-stable peers.
The Least Favorite Pets to Own:
Based on 32 types of pet and livestock animals included in the survey, geese and scorpions are the least satisfying animals to own
For more information on the survey and its findings, check out the full article here.