Pet Ownership Statistics

Find out the latest information on pet population and ownership trends for dogs, cats, birds and exotic companion animal ownership worldwide. Read the latest studies and research on generational pet ownership trends, the regions where pet ownership is increasing and how diversity among pet ownership demographics continues to create new challenges for pet food marketers and professionals.



Dog owners had less depression signs in pandemic

Analysis of their answers revealed respondents’ attitudes towards pets and perceived levels of emotional support, while looking for symptoms of depression and anxiety.

During the pandemic, dog-lovers felt better if they had a dog to love than if they did not.

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US cat food sales neared US$12.1 billion in 2021

U.S. retail sales of cat food reached an estimated US$12.1 billion in 2021, up 6.6% from US$11.4 billion in 2020.

Various social and economic forces had been pushing U.S. pet owners towards cats. Then the pandemic boosted cat ownership rates while encouraging bonding and subsequent premiumization of cat food and treat purchases. 

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Greater expectations: The new generation pet parent

While pet ownership is growing increasingly complex, there are some trends that find Millennials and Gen Zers leading the way.

Learn about the “new generation pet parent,” AKA the Millennial and Gen Z pet parents changing the pet ownership landscape with a health and wellness focus for their animals.

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Robotic pets for veterans sponsored by pet food brand

The robo-rovers and cyber-cats have sensors that respond to voice and touch allowing them to react when someone enters the room. The robots even have simulated heartbeats that can be felt while petting them.

While the benefits of pet ownership for humans have been established, even synthetic pets help those who couldn’t otherwise have a furry companion.

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Post-apocalyptic pet ownership in fiction and reality

Dogs, cats and other pets occupy such an important role in people’s lives that even disasters, both real and fictional, can’t break that bond.

Dogs and cats abound in science fiction and horror movies, especially post-apocalyptic dystopias. That trope seems grounded in reality, considering the growth in the pet ownership during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, although wider demographic shifts also fuel pet population growth.

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2021 Updated Research: The increase in pet ownership during the pandemic resulted in consumer behavior changes toward purchasing pet food

Mondi partnered with Dow in 2021 to measure changes in perceptions and behaviors in the premium pet food industry since 2019.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there has been an uptick in pet ownership during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, they report number of new pets being seen by veterinary practices increased significantly from late March to early July 2020 with the mean number of new pets per practice rising from 25 per week in late March to 39 in early July—an increase of more than 50%. Given this significant increase, Mondi partnered with Dow in 2021 to measure changes in perceptions and behaviors in the premium pet food industry since 2019.
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