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Published: Apr 05, 2011

The 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association sheds some light on animal ownership trends in the United States. The survey, which found that 62 percent of U.S. households own a pet, suggests that more people call themselves pet parents than ever.

The percentage amounts to a total of 72.9 million homes in the U.S. with pets. Dogs seem to be the most popular animal companions, with 46.3 million canines living in U.S. households. Cats were ranked second, with 38.9 million feline-friendly homes, followed by freshwater fish at 11.9 million.

However, when comparing individual numbers of animals rather than households, it seems that cats are in the lead. While there are 86.4 million owned cats in America, there are only 78.2 million owned dogs. This suggests that people are more likely to own multiple cats.

The survey also looked into the amount of money pet parents are spending on their furry friends. In 2010, Americans spent around $10.94 billion on pet food, and an additional $13.02 billion on veterinary care. Pet services such as grooming racked up $3.51 billion last year.