Maine was named the best state for cat lovers Wednesday by an online real estate resource, Estately.

The percentage of cat owners, cat-related Facebook activity, animal protection laws and the number of no-kill shelters all factored into the rankings.

More than 46 percent of Maine households have cats, and cat owners outnumber dog owners by 11 percent, according to Estately.

Although Vermont, named the second-best cat state, ranked higher in both categories, the fact that Maine has an official state cat helped boost its rankings.

The Maine coon cat is one of only three official state cats, according to Estately.

Estately also named the worst states for cats. No. 1 on that list was Utah, where less than one-quarter of households have cats.

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