The Irish do love dogs and horses, but cats tend to be somewhat suspect. Almost forty percent of homes own a dog while barely ten percent claims a cat. The reasons for this go far back into history.
The earliest semi-domesticated cats in England, Scotland, and Wales were probably bred down from the Scottish Wildcat, a true wild feline. These tamer cats were eventually were brought to Ireland on some small boat – no doubt for their usefulness as mousers.