As we get closer to holiday season, where demand for pet sitting goes way up, may be good understand why the demand seems so high. American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners 2015 survey indicates 65% U.S. Households have pets. In 2011 56% U.S. households had pets.
U.S. Pet Population Estimates and Trends
Based on American Veterinary Medical Association US Pet Ownership & Demographics 2012 Source book, and APPS 2015 survey about 35% US households have a pet cat. While 44% U.S. homes have pet dogs. One trend more USA homes going with single pet. In 2011 62% of U.S. households had multiple pets, while APPS Owners Survey indicates 2015 only 42% US homes have 2 or more pets. The last 4 years population of dogs & cats in USA increased 13.5%, from 144.1 million in 2011 to 2015 estimate of 163.6 million. Average number dogs in home decreased slightly from 1.6 in 2011 to 1.43 estimate 2015. Average for number cats in home slight decrease from 2.1 in 2011 to estimate 2.0 in 2015. Overall US Pet Population 8 million more cats than dogs. In 2011 there were 70 million dogs and 74.1 million cats, 2015 survey estimate 77.8 Million dogs & 85.8 million cats. Biggest trend increased spending Veterinary Care. Average yearly spending per pet (cat/dog) in up incredible 800% from $158.50 2011 to 2015 estimate of $1288.50. Dogs 2011 average yearly Vet care spending $227.00 estimate 2015 survey $1436.00. Cats even more amazing,yearly average per cat Vet Care, 2011 $90.00 compared with survey estimate 2015 of $1141.00.
Where People Are Acquiring Pets
The positive trend bigger portion of dogs and cats are from shelters, rescues, and as strays.Only 3% cats from breeders, 46% shelters & rescues, another 27% strays, 28% from family & friends. For dogs 34% breeders, 37% shelters & rescues, 6% strays, 20% family and friends.
Graph below: 2012 American Veterinary Medical Association Pet Population Source Book