Number of cats and dogs owned by Canadians 2018

In 2018, there were around 8.3 million cats in Canadian households. In the same year, there was approximately 8.2 million pet dogs in the country.

Annual pet care costs in Canada

Taking care of a pet cat cost Canadian pet owners an average of 2,075 Canadian dollars per cat in 2019. Annual expenses, such as professional dental care, food and, pet health insurance, were among the most expensive for this type of pet. The estimated yearly cost of caring for pet canines was over one thousand Canadian dollars higher than feline-related expenses in 2019. On average, dog food and health insurance for dogs were significantly more expensive than cat food and insurance.

Pet stores in Canada

Ontario, Canada's largest province by population, was home to over 750 pet and pet supplies stores in 2019. Quebec, which is the largest province by area, had roughly 470 stores. In the same year, there was a total of less than ten pet stores in Yukon and the Northwest Territories, both of which are large, but sparsely populated federal territories of Canada.

Number of cats and dogs in households in Canada in 2018

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Release date

January 2019



Survey time period


Number of respondents

3,026 respondents

Special properties

pet owning households

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