Market research statistics - U.S. pet ownership 2001

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Companion animals | Exotic animals
 
 

Companion animals

 
  Dogs Cats Birds Horses
Percent of households owning 36.1% 31.6% 4.6% 1.7%
Number of households owning 37,900,000 33,186,000 4,818,000 1,751,000
Average number owned per household 1.6 2.1 2.1 2.9
Total number in United States 61,572,000 70,796,000 10,105,000 5,107,000
Veterinary visits per household per year (mean) 2.7 1.8 0.3 2.1
Veterinary expenditure per household per year (mean) $261 $160 $18 $263
Veterinary expenditure per animal (mean) $179 $85 $9 $112
 

Exotic animals

 
  Households Population
  (in 1,000) (in 1,000)
 
Fish 6,396 49,251
Ferrets 472 991
Rabbits 1,783 4,813
Hamsters 734 881
Guinea Pigs 524 629
Gerbils 168 319
Other Rodents 315 786
Turtles 629 1,070
Snakes 315 661
Lizards 419 545
Other Reptiles 315 598
Other Birds 315 2,894
Livestock 524 2,936
All others 839 2,013