The APPMA surveys households every year to learn about pet ownership and spending. More than half of all households have a pet of some sort.
- In 2005, 63% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 69.1 millions homes, compared to 56% in 1988
- 45% of U.S. households own more than one pet
That adds up to 90.5 million cats and 73.9 million dogs, plus fish, rabbits, birds, horses, snakes, and all the other critters you would have as pets.
Interestingly, the number of cats is increasing but the number of dogs is basically level. Busy lives are likely leading people to get a cat over a dog. In the UK, the number of dogs is actually decreasing and it's likely that trend will occur in the US in the next 7 years or so.