It amazes me what people do for their dogs.
Maybe because I’m a cat person and people with cats are less likely to tote them around in stylish bags and take them on walks and dress them in sweaters. If I tried to do any of those things with my cat, she’d claw my eyes out.
We went to the pet store the other day and spent the better part of an hour playing with the kittens before leaving with some new fish. I was impressed with my restraint. My kids were begging me for a kitten and they were adorable, but pets are a big investment of time and energy. It’s like adding someone to the family.
As I gazed with disbelief our local pet store’s bakery counter, I started wondering exactly how much money Americans spend on their pets. So, being a geek, I decided to look it up. A few pet stats for you:
* Last year Americans spent more than $53 billion on their pets.
* Americans own more than 377 million pets total (that’s more pets than people).
* The most common household pet is a dog (46 million households), followed by cat (39 million households), then fish (12 million households).
* Dog owners in America spend an average of $70 a year on doggie treats.