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Dog and cat states: See which pet Texas loves better — and the surprise stats for the other 49 states

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Dog and cat states map
This map by the American Veterinary Medical Association shows how many cats and dogs each state has. American Veterinary Medical Association
Dogs relaxing at the park
Texas is home to 7.2 million dogs while California only has 6.7 million. Photo by Claire St. Amant
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In the U.S.,cats outnumber dogs in the Northeast and Upper Midwest Courtesy of Austin Pets Alive
Dog and cat states map
Dogs relaxing at the park
Austin Photo Set: News_Claudia Alarcon_Austin Pets Alive_Dec 2011_kitten

Texas isn't just home to a bunch of horses and farm animals. The Lone Star State has more dogs than there are in California — even though Texas has 12 million fewer humans.

Texas is home to 7.2 million dogs while California has only 6.7 million. But California has more cats  — 7.1 million furry felines to and Texas' 5.6 million.

 The dog vs. cat map looks a lot like the last presidential election: Red states tend to be dog states; Blue states are more cat-friendly. 

What does it mean?

According to the Washington Post, which compiled an interactive map of animals in every state, the dog vs. cat map looks a lot like the last presidential election: Red states tend to be dog states; Blue states are more cat friendly.

Some would argue that urban areas, which tend to be more Democratic, have more cats because they tend to be easier to take care of. Dogs, like children, have to be walked and fed constantly. They can't just wander around the house without much supervision like cats, who can be left for a while with a dry food, water and a litter box.

In the U.S., cats outnumber dogs in the Northeast and Upper Midwest while dogs are the favorite in the South and Southwest. Arkansas is the most dog-friendly state and Massachusetts is the most cat-loving state.

Whether you live in Texas, California, Vermont or any of the other 47 states, you can check out this map to see which animal is more populous in that state. 

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