Pet Statistics

Pet Statistics

Pet Ownership in the United States

Sixty-eight percent of U.S. households, or about 82.5 million families, own a pet, according to the 2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). This is up from 56 percent of U.S. households in 1988, the first year the survey was conducted.

NUMBER OF U.S. HOUSEHOLDS THAT OWN A PET, BY TYPE OF ANIMAL

(millions)

Pet Number
Bird 6.9
Cat 45.3
Dog 56.7
Horse 2.8
Freshwater fish 14.3
Saltwater fish 1.8
Reptile 5.6
Small animal 6.9

Source: American Pet Products Association's 2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey.

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TOTAL NUMBER OF PETS OWNED IN THE U.S., BY TYPE OF ANIMAL

(millions)

Pet Number
Bird 20.6
Cat 95.6
Dog 83.3
Horse 8.3
Freshwater fish 145.0
Saltwater fish 13.6
Reptile 11.5
Small animal 18.1

Source: American Pet Products Association's 2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey.

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TOTAL U.S. PET INDUSTRY EXPENDITURES, 2004-2013 (1)

($ billions)

Year Expenditure
2004 $34.40
2005 36.30
2006 38.50
2007 41.20
2008 43.20
2009 45.50
2010 48.35
2011 50.96
2012 53.33
2013 55.53 (2)

(1) Includes food, supplies and over-the-counter medicine, veterinarian care, live animal purchases and grooming and boarding.
(2) Estimate.

Source: American Pet Products Association's 2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey.

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BASIC ANNUAL EXPENSES FOR DOGS AND CATS (1)

Expense Dogs Cats
Surgical vet visits $621 $382
Routine vet 231 193
Food 239 203
Food treats 65 36
Kennel boarding 327 337
Vitamins 64 77
Groomer/grooming aids 61 20
Toys 41 23

(1) APPA does not ask survey participants how much in total they spend on their dog or cats annually. The expenses listed above are not all inclusive and each category was asked separately of the survey participant.

Source: American Pet Products Association's 2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey.

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