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.

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Pet owners describe selves and pets with same emotions

Pet owners generated lists of 39 emotional terms for dogs, ranging from happy to anxious, and 53 terms for cats’ emotions, including calm, happy, angry and fearful.
Scientists identified ranges of animal emotions and associated behaviors, as described by pet owners. Those same pet owners also noted their own emotions while interacting with their pets.
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Shelter pet adoption numbers down in 2020, but high rate

While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.
The latest data from animal shelter data management agency PetPoint suggests October pet adoption numbers remained lower year-over-year.
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Pet adoptions down in pandemic, masked by fosters

Overall, since the onset of the pandemic, dog and cat adoptions declined by 25% compared to the same period last year.
Despite feel-good stories about new pandemic pets and empty shelters, pet adoptions may be declining during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
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14 blogs on AAFCO, apples in pet food, DCM in Oct. 2020

In October 2020, Petfood Industry’s editors and columnists wrote 14 blogs or feature articles, which covered AAFCO, apples, ownership trends and dilated cardiomyopathy.
In October 2020, Petfood Industry’s editors and columnists wrote 14 blogs or feature articles, which covered AAFCO, apples, ownership trends and dilated cardiomyopathy.
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Smaller, older dogs alter UK pet food market

People in the UK increasingly keep smaller breeds of dog, where 51% of dogs now weigh less than 10 kilograms
Advances in nutrition, care and medicine helped dog and cat lifespan double during the past four decades in the United Kingdom, where dogs now live an average 12 years, while cats’ nine lives last them 15 years.
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