Ending the age-old debate: Cats vs. dogs


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People tend to fall into one of two categories when it comes to four-legged preference: They are either dog people or cat people. It is a never-ending battle, and one that will most likely never be resolved. People simply prefer one over the other. But just for fun, Purina is asking pet owners and pet lovers to join in "America's Pet Debate" and help settle the cats-versus-dog debate, once and for all.

The initiative will help raise money for Pet Partners' Veterans Programs to provide animal-assisted therapy for America's military veterans.

NFL football legends Terry Bradshaw (a devoted dog person) and Howie Long (a committed cat owner) have declared where they stand to help raise awareness of the benefits of pet ownership and encourage Americans to help raise funds to support Pet Partners' Veterans Programs.

From now until Nov. 8, vote for Team Cat or Team Dog at AmericasPetDebate.com or Facebook.com/AmericasPetDebate. For each vote cast, Purina will donate $1, up to $100,000, to Pet Partners' Veteran Programs (limit one vote per person per day for all voting channels combined). The donation will help fund Pet Partners pet therapy teams for U.S. veterans by providing the mental, physical and emotional support of cats and dogs through animal-assisted therapy.

"As an owner of four pets — including two cats, JoBu and Lucky — I've experienced firsthand the many benefits of owning a pet. My family and I rescued our cats when they were just kittens and gave them a safe home. Our cats have given us a lot back — they like you every day no matter what — even if you've had a bad day," Long said. "I'm proud to partner with American's Pet Debate to help drive votes and raise money to provide animal-assisted therapy to U.S. military veterans."

Purina will declare America as a cat or dog nation on Nov. 9.

After casting your vote, Purina encourages your to join the conversation about the benefits of pet ownership on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram using the hashtags #VoteCat, #VoteDog or #PetDebate. Pet owners can also share pictures, advice, tips and pet ownership stories.

And no matter which four-legged friend you prefer, owning a pet undeniably has its benefits. According to research published by the American Psychological Association, “Pets can serve as important sources of social and emotional support for ‘everyday people,’ not just individuals facing significant health challenges.”

For instance, the study found that pet owners fared better — in terms of well-being and individual differences — than non-owners on a number of dimensions, which included greater self-esteem, more physically fit, less lonely, more conscientious, more extraverted and less fearful.