Pet Statistics

Pet Statistics

Pet Ownership in the United States

Sixty-five percent of U.S. households, or about 79.7 million families, own a pet, according to the 2015-2016 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 6.1
Cat 42.9
Dog 54.4
Horse 2.5
Freshwater fish 12.3
Saltwater fish 1.3
Reptile 4.9
Small animal 5.4

Source: American Pet Products Association's 2015-2016 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 14.3
Cat 85.8
Dog 77.8
Horse 7.5
Freshwater fish 95.5
Saltwater fish 9.5
Reptile 9.3
Small animal 12.4

Source: American Pet Products Association's 2015-2016 National Pet Owners Survey.

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TOTAL U.S. PET INDUSTRY EXPENDITURES, 2006-2015 (1)

($ billions)

Year Expenditure
2006 $38.5
2007 41.20
2008 43.20
2009 45.53
2010 48.35
2011 50.96
2012 53.33
2013 55.72
2014 58.04
2015 60.59 (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 2015-2016 National Pet Owners Survey.

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BASIC ANNUAL EXPENSES FOR DOGS AND CATS (1)

Expense Dog Cat
Surgical vet $551 $398
Routine visit 235 196
Food 269 246
Food treats 61 51
Kennel boarding 333 130
Vitamins 62 33
Groomer/grooming aids 83 43
Toys 47 28

(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 2015-2016 National Pet Owners Survey.

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