Fun facts on domesticated creatures great and small
Your pets: Fun facts on domesticated creatures great and small
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 43,021,000 American families owned at least one dog in 2007, the latest year statistics were available. That accounted for 37.2 percent of the population.
About 37,460,000 families owned at least one cat in 2007, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, good for 32.4 percent of American families.
Of families who owed pets, those who owned horses were the most likely to own more than one of the animal, with the average owner having 3.5 horses. The average cat owner had 2.2 cats while the average dog owner had 2.6 canines, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The most popular pet Americans had in 2007 besides dogs, cats, birds, horses or fish were rabbits, with about 1,870,000 households owning at least one of the long eared mammals, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The United States Humane Society estimates that between 2,500 and 3,000 cats and dogs are born every hour in this country. By comparison, about 450 humans are born every hour in America, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
6 weeks old
Studies reported by Cornell University show that spaying or neutering cats and dogs as young as 6 weeks old will produce no ill effects on the animal.
The Labrador retriever has been America’s most popular purebred dog breed for 19 years, according to the American Kennel Club.
According to the American Kennel Club, German Shepherds, which came in second place in 2009 registration statistics, were the most popular dog in America in the 1920s. Their popularity slipped until after World War II, and the breed is just now making a comeback.
American consumers spent about $45.5 billion on products and services for their pets in 2009, according to the American Pet Products Association. This was a 5.4 percent increase over 2008 numbers.
According to the Cat Fanciers Association, about 87 percent of “owned” cats have been spayed or neutered by their owners.
The average cost paid per veterinarian visit by American pet owners in 2009 was $203, according to the American Pet Products Association.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association, the feline counterpart to the American Kennel Club, has registered more than 2 million pedigreed cats since its inception in 1906.