- USA = 75.8 million
- Brazil = 35.7 million
- China = 27.4 million
- Russia = 15.0 million
- Japan = 12 million
Monday, January 30, 2017
There is no easy answer for this question; estimating the dog population in households (pets) is more or less a settled issue, but when we are talking about dogs roaming freely worldwide (stray dogs), counting them is both hard and unreliable. The best-known statistics for global dog population comes from the dog food industry. Looking to find out about how profitable this industry would be in particular countries, research groups were employed to take census of pet dogs in those countries. Most statistics accepted globally come specifically from these research groups. According to worldatlas, countries with most dogs worldwide (combined stray dogs with pets) rank as follows (five top countries):
The most heartbreaking statistic that we can get is how big the stray dog problem is globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than 200 million stray dogs across the planet.
As pets, dogs are the most popular: 33% of households worldwide include one or more dogs, 23% include at least one cat, and 12% go for fish. Ranked at the top three countries are: Argentina with 82% of households having a dog, Mexico ((81%), and Brazil with 76%. For dogs, USA ranks fifth in pet ownership with 50%; for cats, we rank third with 39%. (For complete statistics, click here.)
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Cats, both feared and worshipped throughout the ages, have always fascinated us. Like no other animal, felines are regarded as creatures with great power. In ancient Egypt, cats were revered as divine; later on, during the middle ages, they were “downgraded” to magical, but still holding great power, this time, dark or black power, but still power.
No one knows exactly where the myth of a cat’s nine lives (seven in Spanish-speaking countries; six for Arabs and Turks) is coming from. The most common theories point to a cat’s strong immune system and/or to the fact that cats seem to land on their feet when they fall from high places. Both nine and seven are numbers embedded with mysticism; seven in particular is believed to be a lucky number, the carrier of life and abundance. Nine (3*3) is regarded as a “trinity of trinities.” And cats truly seem to have good luck! Due to their speed and great agility, cats are able to jump and escape from many difficult situations. There is a lot of truth in the belief that a cat falling from a high altitude will land on its feet with minimal or no harm. On a study completed back in 1987, 90% of cats falling from altitudes ranging from two to 32 stories were able to survive. The other 10% were not that lucky, but still, this is an impressive statistic.
In English-speaking countries, nine lives are preferred. This number in particular seems to be coming directly from Ancient Egypt where, as we said, cats were revered as divine or sacred. The sun god, Ra, gave life to nine other gods, and together they were known as “the nine and Ra.” To visit the underworld, Ra used to transmute from human to cat, ultimately, becoming "one with nine lives." By association, nine is the number of lives attributed to cats from ancient times to the present.
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