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68M US Households Have Pets, with 4% Growth Expected in 2020, Reports Packaged Facts

The number could soon reach 71M.

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ROCKVILLE, MD — Fifty-four percent of American households have pets, according to a new report from Packaged Facts.

That amounts to nearly 68 million households. The research was published in the market research report Pet Population and Ownership Trends in the U.S.: Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets, 4th Edition.

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While pet population estimates amid pandemic, economic and job market disruptions are tentative, Packaged Facts currently projects 4 percent growth in the pet ownership households base in 2020. This growth will bring the total number of pet-owning households in the U.S. to nearly 71 million.

Packaged Facts expects robust growth in the number of dog-owning households as well as cat-owning households, who in combination make up 96 percent of pet-owning households overall.

Currently, by type of pet, 39 percent (49 million) have pet dogs, up from 36 percent in 2009. That percentage gain, compounded by incremental population gain, has been a major driver of pet market growth over the last decade. In turn, 24 percent (30 million) have pet cats, with household ownership for cats hovering around that range over the last decade.

Roughly a tenth of American households have pets other than dogs or cats, including pet fish, birds, reptiles, hamsters and rabbits. This represents roughly 19 percent of pet-owning households overall, or nearly 13 million.

Since launching in 2017, PETS+ has won 16 major international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact PETS+'s editors at editor@petsplusmag.com.

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