These US states prefer dogs to cats: report


May 8, 2023 | 16:57

This May, for National Pet Month, an e-commerce grocery delivery service is revealing its findings on which US states are more dog-friendly or cat-friendly.

California-based Instacart shared its purchase data with FOX Business about Americans’ pet-related purchases and where these purchases were made.

“It’s a common observation that people tend to fall into one of two categories: being more cat-loving or being more dog-loving. With this in mind, it’s interesting to take a closer look at the ‘Cats vs. Dogs’ created for National Pet Month,” Laurentia Romaniuk, Instacart trend expert, told FOX Business.

“Unsurprisingly, dogs rank as the number one pet in the US, with 36 states reporting increased dog food deliveries via Instacart,” he added.

Romaniuk continued, explaining how 14 states, including Oregon, Washington, Minnesota and DC, “show a preference for cats in general.”

Take a look at the breakdown of cat and dog food orders on Instacart on the map below.

Dogs rank as the number one pet in the US, with 36 states reporting higher Instacart dog food deliveries.
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While Americans love their cats and dogs, other pets seem to be popular as well.

Another interesting map created by Instacart officials reveals the type of pet food shoppers buy on Instacart after dog and cat food, based on 2022 Instacart shopping data.

From small animal hay and bird food to fish food and rabbit food, see where your status stacks up in the infographic below.

May is National Pet Month.
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Milk-Bone takes the lead as the most popular brand for dogs.
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As for cats and dogs, Instacart revealed graphics related to the top dog and cat treat brands that seem to attract people. The rankings were determined by evaluating the total number of items sold from a brand in 2022, according to Instacart.

The results showed familiar brands like Purina Beggin’, but Milk-Bone and Heart to Tail landed in the top two spots for dog treats

America’s two favorite brands of cat treats were Temptations and Purina Friskies.

The map reveals the types of pet food Instacart shoppers are buying, as well as cats and dogs.
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Map showing where dog food is a popular purchase in the US.
Instacart/Fox News

This month, Instacart also announced its expanded partnership with PetSmart, which now includes 1,500 stores across the United States.

Through the merger, more dog, cat, fish or bird toys, treats, food and accessories will be available to online shoppers.

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