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Most American pet owners consider their pet their best friend, a notion supported by a comparison of the number of pet owners and the increase in pet retail sales: While the number of people living in households with at least one pet and the number of people who have shopped for pet supplies have been consistent over the last few years, consumers have been spending more and more money for their pets, thus boosting pet food retail sales in the United States. Most expenses for cats and dogs in American households are due to vet visits, however Americans like to spoil their pets as well; almost half as much is spent on treats, grooming and toys.
Quantitatively speaking, fish remarkably outnumber all other pets. However, dogs are still Americans’ favorite pets, as they are most prevalent within American households – closely followed by cats. Most Americans who grew up with pets stated that their childhood pet was a dog (again, closely followed by velvet paws). Both dogs and cats are preferably adopted from family members, friends or shelters.
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Number of pets in the United States in 2017/2018, by species (in millions)
Number of cats in the United States from 2000 to 2017/2018 (in millions)
Number of dogs in the United States from 2000 to 2017 (in millions)
Household penetration rates for pet-ownership in the United States from 1988 to 2017/2018
Do you currently have a pet?
How much money do you spend on your pets per year, and how? (in U.S. dollars)
Estimated annual expenses for dogs and cats in the United States in 2015 (in U.S. dollars)
Expenditure of affluent households in the United States on pet care* during the past 12 months (as of July 2014)
Number of people who shopped for pet supplies at PetSmart within the last 3 months in the United States from spring 2008 to spring 2017 (in millions)
Accident insurance premium for cats and dogs in the United States from 2013 to 2016 (in U.S. dollars)
U.S. veterinary services market CAGR in 2006-2015 and 2015-2021*
U.S. veterinary services revenue from 2011 to 2021 (in million U.S. dollars)*
What type of pet do you have?
Did you have a pet when you were growing up?
Women: How interested are you in the topic of pets?
Women: On an average day, how many hours do you spend on the topic of pets?
How much money do you plan to spend on Valentine's Day gifts for pets? (in U.S. dollars)
U.S. pet food sales 2011-2016
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Number of dogs in the U.S. 2000-2017
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Number of cats in the U.S. 2000-2017/2018
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