For the Love – of Dogs and Cats: Factoids




March 15, 2018
Holly Deyo



Dog Factoids

90 million dogs owned in the U.S.
48% – of Americans own a dog
38% – of dog owners are millennials
31% – of dogs who own clothes
11% – of all dog owners throw birthday parties for their dogs
23% – of millennial dog owners throw birthday parties for their dogs
67% – of dog owners say their dog relieves stress
44% – of dog owners have made provisions for their dog in their will
$1,386 – average amount spent on veterinary care per year, per dog
50% – of dogs get Christmas of Hanukkah gifts
2% – of dogs go to day care while their owner works
67% – of dog owners who consider their dogs to be family members
33% – of dog owners who consider their dogs to be pets or companions
85% – of owned dogs who are spayed or neutered
60% – of dogs who are "pure breed"
51% – of dogs who are mixed breed/"mutts"
44% – of dogs adopted from a shelter or rescue
4% – of dogs taken in as strays
25% – of dogs acquired from friends or relatives


Cat Factoids

47 million households that own at least one cat
94 million cats owned in the U.S.
2 – average number of pet cats per household
56% – of cat owners who consider their cats to be family members
42% – of cat owners who consider their cats to be pets or companions
$890 – average amount spent on veterinary care per year, per cat
93% – of pet cats who are spayed or neutered
16% – of cats who are "pure breed"
90% – of cats who are mixed breed/"mutts"
47% – of cats adopted from a shelter or rescue
32% – of cats taken in as strays
26% – of cats acquired from friends or relatives