Ten Stats and Facts for National Pet Day

Happy National Pet Day to anyone celebrating.  According to a recent poll, 58% of us have at least one pet at home.

Dogs are still the most common, and cats are next.  70% of pet owners have at least one dog, and 54% have a cat.  So a lot of us have both.  Fish are a distant third at around 3% of households.  Then it’s birds, reptiles, rodents, and rabbits.

Here are a few stats and facts to help celebrate National Pet Day . . .

1.  There are 85 million dogs in America, and over 60 million cats.  That’s not even including strays.

2.  40% of us are “dog people,” and 20% are “cat people.”  Just over 30% like both equally, and 8% don’t like cats OR dogs.

3.  We don’t trust people as much if they don’t like pets.  Over a third of Americans say it makes someone seem less trustworthy.

4.  91% of pet owners say their pet is “part of the family.”  33% of dog owners also say their dog is one of their “best friends.”  21% of cat owners said the same . . . but 14% also just feel like their cat’s “servant” sometimes.

5.  83% of Americans think pets are “capable of love.”  88% of dog owners think their dog loves them.  81% of cat owners said the same.

6.  More than half of pet owners let their pets sleep with them.  60% said yes, at least sometimes.

7.  Most cat and dog owners have talked to their pet “at length” before.  So, not just one or two words, but full conversations.  60% of dog owners and 52% of cat owners said they do it.

8.  58% of us think walking a cat on a leash is fine.  Only 6% “strongly disapprove” of it.

9.  56% of pet owners have bought their pet a birthday or Christmas present before.  38% have thrown a party or “birthday celebration” for a pet.   And 24% have dressed them up in a costume for a special occasion.

10.  48% of Americans think pets can go to heaven.  95% of people in that group think THEIR pet will go to heaven.

(AVMA / YouGov / YouGov / YouGov)