In honor of National Love Your Pet Day, held annually on Feb. 20, check out these fascinating facts about owning a pet!
of households own pets — that’s over 84 million homes!
cats owned in the U.S.
dogs owned in the U.S.
Studies show that pets provide a variety of health benefits, like reducing cortisol (the hormone linked to stress), providing opportunities to increase your activity level, and easing anxiety and depression. Here are a few more key benefits of pet ownership:
Lowers blood pressure
How Common Are Your Pet Habits?
Have you done any (or all) of these things? Find out how you compare to other pet owners!
- claim their pet can sense their moods 80% 80%
- talk to their pet 50% 50%
- have blow-dried their pet’s fur 25% 25%
- take more photos of their dogs than friends and family 65% 65%
- allow their pet to sleep in their bed 45% 45%
According to American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers’ Association, these are the most popular dog and cat breeds in recent years.
A pleasant temperament makes this a great dog for families with young children.
Loyalty, intelligence, and adaptability make this dog breed a favorite.
This popular family dog is lovable, playful, and docile.
This blue-eyed breed is known for its sweet nature, love of human companionship, and dog-like personality.
Also known as a short-haired Persian, this cat is easygoing, playful, and low maintenance.
Cat lovers turn to this breed for their laid-back nature and lovability.