We thought you might be interested in seeing how your city stacks up to the top 100 pet friendly cities. WalletHub (August 8, 2017) provides this useful data.
Years ago, pet owners had access to only a handful of businesses offering animal services and supplies. But new pet businesses are cropping up every day to fill the demand of this growing breed of consumers. Today, we spoil our pets with all kinds of luxuries, such as gourmet pet cuisine, upscale hotel accommodations and even pet “dating” services.
With pet parents in mind, the 100 largest U.S. cities were analyzed across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability.
Here they are:
|Overall Rank*||City||Total Score||‘Pet Budget’ Rank||‘Pet Health & Wellness’
|‘Outdoor Pet-Friendliness’ Rank|
|4||San Diego, CA||60.56||85||2||6|
|10||Las Vegas, NV||56.73||63||15||9|
|11||Oklahoma City, OK||56.13||1||33||77|
|13||St. Petersburg, FL||55.91||21||34||23|
|14||Colorado Springs, CO||55.51||56||19||21|
|17||St. Louis, MO||54.37||18||36||36|
|19||San Antonio, TX||53.74||8||38||64|
|27||Los Angeles, CA||52.65||96||13||4|
|28||North Las Vegas, NV||52.52||31||66||22|
|31||San Francisco, CA||50.97||99||16||1|
|36||Fort Worth, TX||50.43||50||28||69|
|37||Long Beach, CA||50.41||86||43||11|
|43||Corpus Christi, TX||49.78||9||72||85|
|46||St. Paul, MN||49.05||40||75||35|
|48||San Jose, CA||48.94||44||70||25|
|59||Kansas City, MO||47.71||19||80||62|
|61||Virginia Beach, VA||47.65||57||47||83|
|67||Chula Vista, CA||47.23||81||56||40|
|74||New Orleans, LA||45.96||68||74||51|
|78||Fort Wayne, IN||45.45||2||83||100|
|79||El Paso, TX||45.28||37||94||43|
|81||Baton Rouge, LA||45.12||51||44||95|
|83||San Bernardino, CA||44.77||61||93||15|
|87||Jersey City, NJ||43.73||92||85||14|
|95||Santa Ana, CA||41.34||91||76||55|
|97||New York, NY||41.29||100||62||8|
*No. 1 = Most Pet-Friendly
Judging from the top cat names posted here, cat lovers are still using traditional names (like Tiger; Simba and Felix) as well as contemporary names (such as Chewie; Luna and Bacon) to christen their newly adopted cats. Check out the 2017 Top Cat Name chart, then check out the information below it to see how cat names have changed over the past ten years! (Reference to 2017 chart: findcatnames.com) (Reference to 2007 list: Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI))
Now, check out these top names given to the Nation’s kitties in 2007:
Top 2007 10 Male Cat Names
Top 2007 Female Cat Names
AOL.com recently posted an article about dog people who prefer a cat who has their canine’s “extroverted playfulness”, compared to a cat who displays “quiet affection.” They like cats who will fetch; go swimming; come to you when called by name. They then proceed to list all of the purebreed cats whom they say act like dogs, like the Maine Coon, Burmese; Ragdoll; Burmese; Manx and others.
While I understand the point, it somehow doesn’t sit quite right with me.
I don’t believe the notion that only certain breeds of cats are extroverted or playful, to the exclusion of all other cats.
First, just like you and me, and the dogs in our lives, each cat has a distinctly unique temperment. There may be characteristics we think are common to some types of purebred cats. And, not just in the case of purebreds but in the case of mixes – you’ve heard of a calico cat’s “catitude” or an orange tabby’s easy going temperment. However, in the final analysis, their background, upbringing and interactions with humans have significant bearing how they act as adult cats, forming their unique personality traits.
Having said that, from observing and interacting with many types of cats over my lifetime, it’s very obvious to me that far more (socialized) cats have a playful, receptive personality than not. Interestingly enough, the regular garden variety of cats, like tortoiseshells or tuxedos especially follow this pattern. They, like their canine counterparts, co-habitate well with other household pets; are energetic and playful; and like interaction with humans. However, just because cats are “quietly affectionate”, doesn’t mean there isn’t a perfect human match for them out there as well!
The long and short of it is…let’s not stereotype our feline friends! Finally, let’s celebrate their uniqueness and realize there is a place in our lives for the adventurous Tigers as there is for the quiet, affectionate Lilies.