Americans Own More Pet Cats Than Dogs

New survey finds that cats outnumber dogs by nearly 10 million.

Posted: December 12 2007 2 a.m. EDT

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Americans Own More Pet Cats Than Dogs
A new survey shows that Americans own 81.7 million cats and 72 million dogs.
About 64 percent of pet-owning households own more than one pet, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s new 2007 “U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographic Sourcebook,” which is published every five years. There are 43 million dog- owning households compared with 37.5 million cat-owning households, but 81.7 million cats compared to 72 million dogs.

Pet owners also spent a total of $24.5 billion on veterinary care in 2006, according to the sourcebook. The average veterinary expenditure per household for all pets was $366 in 2006.

The sourcebook also includes statistics on veterinary medical use and expenditures, pet owner demographics, pet owner profiles, pet ownership and pet population. About 48,000 U.S. households were included in the survey.

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ryan    hallandale, FL

6/17/2009 1:36:24 PM


Anna    Maple Grove, MN

9/30/2008 5:10:54 PM

I bet cats are more popular only because they are so easy to care for- they do their business in the house, don't like walks or need alot of exercise, and are pretty independent- they don't crave attention as much as dogs. Otherwise I bet dogs would be more popular!!!

Carol    SP, MN

9/24/2008 4:38:24 AM

Cats are the best!

Ellen    Attleboro, MA

12/13/2007 12:29:20 AM

GO CATS!!!!!

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