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These Are the Questions Pet Owners Ask Google the Most


As a pet owner, how many times have you turned to Google to find answers about your dogs or cats? Sometimes it might be a goofy answer you're looking for—but other times it might be serious.

For example, last week my dog Oscar came back from a grooming appointment with a new groomer and his paw was bleeding. More specifically, one of his nails was bleeding because the groomer had trimmed it too short. I took to Google to figure out how to stop the bleeding and whether I needed to take him to the vet. When five minutes of pressure didn't work, I called the vet who saw Oscar immediately.

FYI, Oscar is fine now. He is on antibiotics to prevent infection and is no longer favoring the paw. Also, that was his first—and last—visit to that groomer.

Recently, the folks at Google sent some fun data on the more lighthearted things that pet owners use the search engine to discover. This includes the top 10 questions they ask about dogs and cats.

If you harken back to the basic tenets of journalistic questioning, you'll probably recall the five Ws and the H: who, what, where, when, why and how. When it comes to questions about pets, though, only one W matters. In both instances, the most popular questions started with "Why."

Here is how the top 10 breaks down.

Why do dogs...

  1. Lick
  2. Eat grass
  3. Eat poop
  4. Howl
  5. Hump
  6. Smell
  7. Bark
  8. Shake
  9. Scratch
  10. Bite
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Why do cats...

  1. Purr
  2. Knead
  3. Lick
  4. Meow
  5. Bite
  6. Rub
  7. Scratch
  8. Eat grass
  9. Sleep so much
  10. Like boxes

Another pet-related topic that Google took a deep dive into was which countries were searching for dog versus cat information. The countries that favored one pet species over another usually did so by a big margin. This search graphic shows that.

google trends dogs versus cats

The top 10 countries searching about dogs were:

  1. Vietnam
  2. United States
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Australia
  5. Costa Rica
  6. Chile
  7. Canada
  8. Laos
  9. Mexico
  10. Paraguay

The top five countries searching for cat information were:

  1. Russia
  2. French Polynesia
  3. Japan
  4. Ivory Coast
  5. Taiwan

Sorry, kitties. It seems that dog owners worldwide are more voracious users of Google than cat owners.

For more on how Google brought these questions to life, check out this animated feature.

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