Pets have always been integral to many American households, offering companionship, joy, and unconditional love.
The bond between humans and their pets has only strengthened, especially during challenging times like the recent pandemic. Let’s delve into the latest statistics on pet ownership in the U.S.
- General Pet Ownership
- Dog Ownership
- Cat Ownership
- Dog vs Cat Households
- The Pandemic’s Impact on Pet Ownership
Number of Pet Owners (5-Year Comparison)
- In 2023, around 66% of U.S. households, or 86.9 million homes, have a pet.
- In 2018, five years ago, approximately 38.4% of U.S. households, or 49 million homes, had a pet.
Dogs are more popular than ever.
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An estimated 66% of U.S. households, translating to 86.9 million homes, are pet owners in 2023. This marks a significant increase from 2018, when about 38.4% of U.S. households, equivalent to 49 million homes, had a pet.
- Dogs continue to be America’s favorite pets. According to a 2023/24 survey, approximately 65.1 million U.S. households have at least one dog.
- In 2018, 38.4% of households had dogs, or roughly 48.3 million homes.
There was a notable increase in dog owners from 2018 to 2023, with 16.8 million more.
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Dogs persist as the top choice for pets in America. A 2023/24 survey indicates that about 65.1 million U.S. households have at least one dog. This contrasts with 2018, when 38.4% of households, equivalent to roughly 48.3 million homes, owned a dog.
- Cats are also popular among Americans, with about 46.5 million households owning one or more cats in 2023.
- About 25.4% of households owned cats in 2018, or approximately 31.9 million homes.
Cat owners have increased by 38.2% over the last five years.
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Cats hold a special place in the hearts of Americans. In 2023, around 46.5 million households have one or more feline companions. This is a rise from 2018, when about 25.4% of households, translating to roughly 31.9 million homes, were cat owners.
Dog vs Cat Households
Taking into consideration that some homes have both dogs and cats, here are some fascinating numbers about pet ownership:
In 2023, about 49.2% of households have at least one dog, and 35.1% have at least one cat.
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Since many households own dogs and cats, pet ownership statistics offer intriguing insights. In 2023, almost half of households are home to at least one dog, while just over a third have a cat as a family member.
The Pandemic’s Impact on Pet Ownership
The pandemic brought about significant changes in many aspects of life, including a surge in pet ownership.
- Nearly 1 in 5 American households, or over 23 million, adopted a pet during the pandemic.
- In 2020, pet ownership in the U.S. rose to 70% of households.
- A staggering 78% of pet owners acquired pets during the pandemic, according to a recent survey.
- The ASPCA survey revealed that almost 90% of pets adopted during the pandemic are still with their families.
- A February 2022 survey showed a 4% increase in new pet acquisitions compared to December 2020.
The bond between Americans and their pets has always been strong, and recent years have only solidified this relationship. Whether it’s the joy of a wagging tail or kitty cuddles, pets are a source of comfort and happiness for millions.
As there is an increasing trend of renting in today’s society, this shift in living situations has significant implications for pet owners. The intersection of these two trends raises essential questions about the challenges and considerations that renters face.
The growing awareness and importance of maintaining a clean and healthy living environment is another factor that impacts both renters and pet owners alike. This is especially relevant for pet owners concerned about the impact of chemicals on their furry friends’ health.