Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Some fascinating pet data!

I was looking around the Petfinder website the other day, and found some interesting data on cats and dogs. Like, 63% of dog owners and 58% of cat owners give their pets presents at Christmas. 

I'm definitely one of the 63% - our dogs have their own stockings and get piles of presents under the Christmas tree. Not just from us humans in the household either; they get stuff from their grand-humans and doggie-cousins in Michigan. I'm sure our dogs believe in Santa-paws!

Anyway... Petfinder also states that:

  • Americans spend around $5 billion on holiday presents for their furry friends.
  • About one quarter of both dog owners and cat owners sign their pets' names on greeting cards and notes.
  • 75% of dog owners take their pets for joyrides in the car.
  • 27% of dog owners have taken their pet to a professional photographer to get a picture with the family, Santa, or the Easter Bunny.
  • Around 14% have a photo of their pet on display at work.
  • Almost half of the pet owners admit to talking to their pets, and 80% of those who do says the pet responds with sounds, facial expressions, or body language.
  • 20% of pet parents leave the TV, radio, or stereo on when they leave the house, so the pets won't feel so lonely.

About that last point, I recently talked to someone who Skypes their dog so he won't have to miss his mommy so much. My immediate response was, "That's such a great idea!" I haven't done it yet, but the next time I go traveling I probably will.

Now I'm curious; what are your habits with your furry friends?

~ Maria Sadowski


  1. Oh boy, mom has done most of these things...we are her furry babies, so why not and if someone finds us odd, too bad :) Fun stats, thanks!

    1. I do most of these things too. Let's see... I haven't been to a professional photographer with the dogs yet, but I do the other stuff. =D