According to a Harris Poll conducted in May, 62 percent of Americans own at least one pet. Pet owners break out into the following categories:
- 69 percent own dogs
- 51 percent own cats
- 11 percent own fish
- 7 percent own birds
- 8 percent own some other type of pet
Almost 40 percent of dog owners have more than one dog, and over half of cat owners have multi-cat households.
The vast majority of pet owners – over 90 percent – consider their pets members of the family.