How Much Do You Spend On Your Cat Or Dog?

Spoiled Cat

What are your spending habits on your pets?

According to a survey done by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, in 2007, US pet expenditures are expected to top $40.8 billion. (Last year, it was $38.5 billion. In 1994, it was $17 billion.)

This year’s expenditures will include $16.1 billion for food, $9.8 billion for veterinary care, $9.9 billion for supplies and over-the-counter medicine, $2.1 billion for live animal purchases and $2.9 billion for pet services, including grooming and boarding.

71.1 million US households own at least one pet. Here is the breakdown of the numbers of specific pets: 142 million freshwater fish, 88.3 million cats, 74.8 million dogs, 24.3 million small animals, 16 million birds, 13.8 million horses, 13.4 million reptiles and 9.6 million saltwater fish.

The survey also concluded that:

  • A pet owner spends an average of $107 a year on treats and toys.
  • The average age and sex of the person buying pet products is a 46-year-old female.
  • 30% of dog owners buy dental products for their dog, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, tartar/breath control/whitening products or floss.
  • 26% of dogs have their own bed.
  • More than 50% of pet owners purchased a gift for their pets in the past 12 months. Christmas topped the list of popular gift-giving holidays, but Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Hanukkah are popular, too. Dog owners buy up to 7 gifts per year, while owners of other pets purchase about 4 gifts per year. Regardless of species, more than $10 is spent on each gift.
  • Salt-water fish owners spend $71 a year on decorations.

Source: The Birmingham News

11 Responses to “How Much Do You Spend On Your Cat Or Dog?”

  1. dog collar addict says:

    i’m embarrased to say that i probably spend more that the $107 average. my dog is SO spoiled!!

  2. Lynne says:

    Ditto. They each have their own bed (orthopedic foam) and their own toothbrush.
    Hi, my name is Lynne and I’m a Dog Owner.

  3. heinze57mixture says:

    Why is this cat shaved? I notice nothing is mentioned about it. Is he/she ok? Was he/she hit? Sick? Recovering ok?

  4. Katie says:

    Ditto. My dogs have their own beds, rugs, special organic treats, frisbee’s, traveling crates in the car, etc.,etc. $107 sounds hard to believe. My dogs must be really spoiled too!


  5. 2CatMom says:

    Spoiled? My cats? Let’s see, they got matching beds for their last adoption anniversary, probably every toy ever made - their very own kitty pueblo house, a smart cat toy box, cat food that costs $1.49 a can….nah, they’re not spoiled, at least they don’t think so, lol.

  6. Sandi K says:

    How bout $6000.00 in vet bills after eating poison pet food and she still died.

  7. catmom5 says:

    Ya don’t even want to know! There’s more cat furniture here than people furniture ~ course there are 5 of them and 1 of me!

  8. mittens says:

    i’ve no vacation this year because of many vet bills. it’s ok though- they deserve it.i must say i can’t deny them. i buy them cat beds but they prefer my bed and my laundry. i buy them special foods( real turkey i roast and fancy white albacore tuna) as treats and made them a 6 foot cat tree-anything for my princesses. i have to say i spend more then 100 bucks a year on special stuff. but it’s just me and them and i find their company pleasant and them relatively undemanding as opposed to humans.

  9. Chad says:

    $107 a year??? Poor dogs, that’s a month for us.

  10. Donna says:

    My dog is pretty spoiled to. We shop from now because we got so tired of those trips to PetSmart. She goes to the groomer regularly and if I could afford it, I’d hire someone to take her on long walks because I’m too lazy to do it.

  11. Concerned says:

    *13 Millon Children will go to sleep hungry tonight in the United States of America.

    *1 Million Children are Homeless in the United States of America.

    My fellow Americans spent $41B on its pets last year and that figure is expected to rise to $52B by 2010.

    I love my country but we have are prioties screwed up !! If you even argue the point; all I can say is I feel sorry for you.

    I don’t want to hold any longer; fiddo is waiting for his puppy chow !!

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