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Rent.com.au solves the cats versus dogs debate

New data from Rent.com.au has solved the age-old dog versus cat debate and it’s no surprise that man’s best friend is Australia’s most loved household pet.

Rent.com.au’s Pet Resume feature has now exceeded 50,000 resumes, with around one-third of renters choosing to attach a profile for their furry friend to their Renter Resume.

“The ability to move into a rental property with your pet is an issue that hits close to home for our renters,” said rent.com.au CEO Greg Bader.

“This level of support from our renters indicates that for around one third, the right to pet ownership is crucial.

“We find that with most of our listings, landlords and agents choose not to specify whether pets will be accepted or not – they’ve left this open to their discretion. So, for Australia’s renters, Pet Resume becomes a great tool to demonstrate responsible ownership.”

The NT is the most dog obsessed location in the country – 74% of all pets with a Pet Resume in the northern state were canines.

Renters in NSW and QLD aren’t far behind (71% and 69% respectively) are renting with dogs. Over in SA things take a turn – the state showed the lowest percentage makeup of dogs across the country (just 61% of all pets), but had one of the highest for cats (30%).

SA was only surpassed in the feline stakes by one other state – VIC. VIC renters have more cats than any other state or territory – 32% of all pets are cats. It’s unsurprising, perhaps that the least number of cats could be found in the NT (just 20%). NSW followed closely behind at (22%).

“All types of people own all types of pets – that has never been more evident than by looking through this data,” he said. “This data does, however, go some way to show that some people are statistically more likely to own certain pets are different times in their life,” Mr Bader said.

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