13 Most Common Pets in America

by Dr. Chris

A few years ago, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) released figures on the most common pets in a document titled: U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook.

If you just go by "total animals owned," cats are #1 on the list:

1. Cats 81,721,000
2. Fish 75,898,000
3. Dogs 72,114,000
4. Birds 11,199,000
5. Livestock 10,995,000
6. Horses 7,295,000
7. Rabbits 6,171,000
8. Other Birds 4,966,000
9. All Others 3,664,000
10. Turtles 1,991,000
11. Hamsters 1,239,000
12. Lizards 1,078,000
13. Ferrets 1,060,000

But if you go by the # of households owning pets, then dogs are #1.

1. Dogs 43,021,000
2. Cats 37,460,000
3. Fish 9,036,000
4. Birds 4,453,000
5. Horses 2,087,000
6. Rabbits 1,870,000
7. Turtles 1,106,000
8. Hamsters 826,000
9. Livestock 728,000
10. Lizards 719,000
11. Guinea Pigs 628,000
12. Ferrets 505,000
13. Snakes 390,000

Source: U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook

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