Pet Ownership

In 2011, 62% of U.S. households owned pets. That is equivalent to 72.9 million homes and lots of furry and scaly friends.

Animal Number of U.S.
owning a pet
Number of
pets in U.S.
Dog 46.3 million 78.2 million
Cat 38.9 million 86.4 million
Freshwater fish 11.9 million 151.1 million
Bird 5.7 million 16.2 million
Small animal 5.0 million 16 million
Reptile 4.6 million 13 million
Source: American Pet Products Association.
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