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What Is the Population of Cats and Dogs?

We believe there are two credible sources to estimate the cat and dog populations. The first is through data collected by the Pet Food Institute (PFI) on behalf of the pet food industry.

According to the PFI, there were 144 million cats and dogs in 2005, consisting of 63 million dogs and 81 million cats. From 1991 to 2004, the PFI estimates that the cat population grew at 1.9% per year and the dog population at 1.2% per year. By using the growth rate from 2003 to 2005 we estimate that in 2006 there were around 147 million cats and dogs.

The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association (APPMA) regularly conducts a National Pet Owners Survey. In its most recent survey for 2005/06, the APPMA estimated that there were 164.4 million cats and dogs, consisting of 73.9 million dogs and 90.5 million cats.

How Many Households Have a Cat, Dog, or Both?

According to the Pet Food Institute, at the end of 2004 there were 60.7 million households with a cat, dog, or both, up from 53 million in 1991.

With the US Census Bureau estimate of 109 million households in 2004 that means that 55% of households had a cat, dog, or both. According to the APPMA, 63% of households had a cat, dog, or both.

How Big Is the US Pet Industry?

The APPMA estimates that total spending on the pet industry in 2006 was $38.5 billion, up nearly 6% from 2005. It projects total spending on pets to reach $40.8 billion in 2007.

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