All told, Americans own about 60 million dogs and about 75 million cats, according to the Pet Food Institute. That’s a lot of feather toys and kibble!!!
More households in the United States have pets than don’t — an estimated 60%. And most of us find our pets from sources that are free or low cost.
The chart below shows were we most often get our pets from. About 20% of cats becomes pets after being going stray and being taken in. Most animals that are adopted as a result of going stray were not kept properly indoors or given proper identification tags.
About three out of four owned pets are neutered, even though the cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for one year.
It costs — on average — for basic food, supplies, medical care and training for a dog or cat $400 to $700 annually.
Chart data comes from the following sources:
- Percentage of households with pets (top chart), American Veterinary Medical Association
- Sources for acquiring a pet, Ralston Purina and NCPPSP
- Percentage of cats adopted as strays, NCPPSP
- All other information comes from the ASPCA