- 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.
More people in the U.S. own pets than don't … and we love our furry, finned and feathered family members with a passion!
10 Truths About Dogs
- It is estimated 1 million U.S. dogs are named as the primary beneficiaries in their owner's will.
- All dogs across all breeds are descendants of wolves; dogs and wolves are technically the same species.
- Many canine foot disorders are the result of untrimmed nails.
- Dogs can find the source of a noise in 6/100ths of a second. They use the swiveling motion of their ears like radar dishes.
- Dogs have three eyelids – the upper lid, the lower lid, and a third lid called a nictitating membrane (also known as a 'haw') that helps keep the eye moist and provides protection.
- The oldest dog on record was an Australian cattle dog, Bluey. Bluey lived over 29 years.
- The grief suffered when a pet dog dies is often the same intensity of grief felt when a human friend or family member dies.
- There are over 700 types of purebred dogs.
- Dogs do not have an appendix.
- Dogs' keen sense of smell allows them to locate dead bodies under water, termites, natural gas buried deep in the earth and even human cancers.
10 Truths About Cats
- Most behaviors of pet cats have a parallel in the wild.
- Cats lose almost as much bodily fluid in the saliva they deposit while grooming as they do through urination.
- Only mother cats can safely pick up kittens by the scruff of the neck; humans shouldn't attempt this with either kittens or cats.
- Domestic cats, regardless of breed, all belong to a single species: Felis catus.
- Pure white cats with blue eyes are often deaf.
- Cats spend about 30 percent of the hours they are awake in grooming activities.
- There are about 100 different breeds of the domestic cat.
- Cats walk on their toes, and when they walk or run they move both left legs, then both right legs.
- Kitties don't taste sweet flavors.
- The more often a kitty is spoken to, the more she'll speak to her owner.