According to Wikipedia, cats are the most popular pet in the United States, second only to one (by count). Who’s first? FISH! No wonder cats love fish food! According to a survey of American pet owners, more households have a Fido than any other furry (or not so furry) friend. By sheer numbers of each actual pet though, there are more Nemos swimming in American fish tanks (as people generally keep more than one fish) and more cats than dogs (as there are more multi-cat homes than multi-dog homes).
The 2007 National Pet Owners Survey, conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturer’s Association, broke down the pet preferences of Americans. In the United States, people own:
In the United States, people own:
- 142 million freshwater fish.
- 88.3 million cats.
- 74.8 million dogs.
- 16 million birds.
- 24.3 million small animals.
- 13.8 million horses.
- 13.4 million reptiles.
- 9.6 million saltwater fish.
- One study found that cat ownership is associated with a reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes at the 95% confidence interval.