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Our Love for Pets, By the Numbers

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Our Love for Pets, By the Numbers

Americans love their pets. Not only do over 73 million households own at least one pet (about 63 percent of all American households), these pet owners spent a whopping $50 billion on their furry, feathered, scaly friends last year! To celebrate this love, which admittedly can be odd at times, I have collected an interesting list of facts about Americans and their pets.

1. Americans spent over $50 billion dollars on their pets last year. That is more than on movies ($18 billion), video games ($25 billion) and children’s dental care ($30 billion).

2. Thirty-four percent of U.S. households have one or more cats, equaling about 86 million pet cats.

3. Thirty-nine percent of American households have one or more dogs, equaling about 78 million pet dogs.

4. Seattle has 1.5 dogs for every child.

5. Americans own more than 16 million birds, 9 million ferrets, 13 million small reptiles and 7.9 million horses.

6. Americans spend about $5 billion on holiday gifts for their pets.

7. Americans spend twice as much on pet food ($19 billion) than our government spends on the National School Lunch program.

8. Americans spend more on vet care and medical supplies  ($25 billion) for their pets than they do on their own gym memberships ($17 billion) and vitamins ($6 billion) combined.

9. On average, family dogs visit the vet twice as often as men ages 18-45 visit their doctor.

10. Dog owners live up to three years longer than the average American.


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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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12:24PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

i had Done a research on Pet industry in USA and found they spend a lot for their pet, They do this because they like slavery they don't spend money for poor people worldwide , because they can't make slave a human, but animal they can, they give food and cosmetics to pets not any money, if they do this for a human they have to pay him/her money as well as, and pet they use for many work.

1:13PM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

There seems to be so much love, and so much animal abuse, sad!!!

6:22AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

thank you for sharing 15/7

1:03AM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

I spoil my rats more than most people spoil their kids.

6:39PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

My family has not only often had dogs and horses, and always had cats, but we have had everything stay with us for a bit of shelter and good that range from a turtle to squirrels, ducks, geese and now even some peacocks.

5:28PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013


4:45AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Thank you Cherise, for Sharing this!

8:57AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

thanks for sharing

10:11AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Pets maybe expensive but SOOOOOOOOOOOO WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!

3:35AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Pets are the best companions for mankind! Thanks!

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