• Newly released findings from the Association des médecins vétérinaires show that the population of dogs and cats in Quebec has topped three million.
  • In fact, there are more cats in the province as a whole than there are people in the City of Montreal.
  • Unsurprisingly, cats are most popular among Millennials.

We have reached a significant moment in the history of the province. For the first time, the total number of dogs and cats in Quebec has surpassed three million. That's according to the results of a new survey from the Association des médecins vétérinaires du Québec.

"In light of these polls," the Association writes in a press release, "it is clear that never in the history of our province have cats and dogs taken such a large place in the hearts of Quebecers."

Even more impressive: the estimated total population of cats in the province is greater than the human population of Montreal.

With numbers totalling 1,832,000 across Quebec, cats could easily overwhelm the estimated 1,750,000 million people in the City of Montreal (data from the World Population Review and Statistics Canada) if they ever decide to organize against us.

If they team up with dogs (unlikely), they have a fighting chance at conquering the 4,098,927 people in the greater Montreal metropolitan area.

All (semi) jokes aside, the Association's report does offer some interesting insight into cat ownership in the province.

"The proportion of Quebec households with at least one cat is currently 31%," but, interestingly, though maybe not surprisingly, "the survey indicates that it is the 18-34-year-olds who remain the most likely to own a cat with a proportion of 42% followed by the 35-54-year-olds at 37%."

The language divide also apparently extends to our cat habits.

"Another particular element is that cats live in a greater percentage of homes (34%) where French-speaking Quebecers reside compared to 22% among non-Francophones."

The Quebec dog population, meanwhile, now sits at 1,247,500.

"It is in the greater Montreal area that the presence of dogs is the lowest with 24% of households," perhaps due to a lack of space in the densest urban areas and a high proportion of renters.

The population of cats and dogs has increased by one million in just 20 years, the report concludes.

"Given the growing importance of cats and dogs in our lives, we have every reason to hope that the number of animals will increase in the coming years."

The report summary is available here.

Read more about Montreal's new animal by-laws here.

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