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Dogs Lead Cats 74% To 26% in Title Of America’s Most Preferred Pet: Vote Now @

New York, NYCalling all cat lovers!  The Cat Fanciers’ Association® (CFA) is calling on you to cast your vote to pronounce cats America’s most favored pet in the pet preference poll.  Preliminary results indicate that dogs are leading the pack with 74%, while cats have 26% of the vote.

Inspired by the upcoming Meet the Breeds™ event, the world’s largest showcase of cats and dogs, the American Kennel Club® (AKC) and the CFA have joined forces to put an end to the age old debate: “Are you a dog or cat person?”  You can weigh in and cast your vote now at

Pam DelaBar, President & CEO of the Cat Fanciers’ Association is calling on the nearly 88.3 million cat owners in the United States to wake up from their cat nap and make their purr heard.  “Cat owners outnumber dogs by nearly 13 million among the pet-owning public,” said DelaBar.  “What better way to share your love for your feline by casting your vote and giving cats the respect they deserve.”

Both dog and cat lovers have begun to weigh in on their choices.  In fact, one cat voter said, “I know I can climb in bed and cuddle with my wonderful cat, who I appreciate for his soft purr that wears away my stress.”  Another cat voter said “Our cats have personality, love to play and our Birmans remain playful throughout their life.  They are indoor cats and don’t have to be walked and don’t bark!”  While a dog-loving voter, on the other hand, argued that “Dogs never judge, are always happy to see you, give unconditional love, help the blind to walk and aid others with disabilities live productive lives.”

Cast your vote online at before October 6, 2009 and let us know what you think makes a dog or cat the preferred pet and download free virtual Dogs are #1″ and “Cats are #1” stickers for your Web site, blog or social media pages.  Check back on the site after October 14 for the announcement of the winning pet.

Sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider, Meet the Breeds will be held October 17 & 18, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.  From the Afghan Hound to the Turkish Angora, the event will showcase 160 AKC registered dog breeds and 41 CFA registered cat breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet.  The family-friendly event is an opportunity for potential pet owners to interact with responsible breeders and play with dogs and cats while educating themselves about responsible pet ownership and choosing the right pet for their lifestyle.

Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18. Tickets allow admittance for one day and can be purchased at