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Today is National Pet Parents Day

And according to a recent survey conducted by TopCashback.com (TopCashback), the USA’s most generous cash back site, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Americans are pet parents.


The survey polled a cross-section of 1,815 adults, aged 18 and over.


Below, please find a selection of relevant stats from the survey. You’re more than welcome to attribute us and relay these results to your audience.


Have you ever owned a pet?

  • Yes (93%)
  • No (7%)


Have you ever rescued/adopted a pet?

  • Yes (69%)
  • No (31%)


Do you currently own a pet?

  • Yes (72%)
  • No (28%)


How many pets do you have?

  • One (44%)
  • Two (25%)
  • Five or more (13%)
  • Three (12%)
  • Four (6%)


What kind of pet(s) do you have? (select all that apply) [top five responses]

  • Dog (69%)
  • Cat (47%)
  • Fish (9%)
  • Bird (4%)
  • Reptile/Amphibian (4%)


Do you have a pet because you wanted one or did your friend(s)/family convince you to get one (i.e. guilted you into it)?

  • I wanted my pet(s). (88%)
  • My friend(s)/family convinced me to get one. (12%)


Do you spend more money on your pet(s) than you spend on yourself?

  • No (67%)
  • Yes (33%)


If you could switch places with your pet for one day, would you do it?

  • Yes (58%)
  • No (42%)


If you could take your pet everywhere with you, would you?

  • Yes (63%)
  • No (37%)


Out of the following, what’s your favorite thing about having a pet? (select all that apply)

  • Lowers my stress level (67%)
  • Never feeling lonely (59%)
  • Having a “no questions asked” companion (55%)
  • Keeps me active (44%)
  • Responsibility for something other than myself (30%)
  • Being in a community of other pet owners (11%)

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