Major survey shows pet ownership declining in U.S.
News from Chicago Tribune:

SAN DIEGO, CA — Pet ownership is on the decline. On Aug. 3, during the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention here, Dr. Karen Felsted revealed new data from the soon-to-be-released 2012 AVMA Pet Demographic Sourcebook (based on data collected in 2011). This pet census polls over 50,000 American households every five years. While cats remain America’s most popular pets, they’ve taken a hit in popularity for the first time since the survey was initiated in 1983.

There are now 74.1 million pet cats in the U.S., a decline of over 9 percent from when the survey was last conducted in 2006. Dogs aren’t exactly having their day; their numbers also went do down, dropping 3 percent. The survey indicates there are 69.9 million pet dogs in America.

It’s interesting to note the enormous change in culture, even since 1983. In that first AVMA survey, there were 55.6 million dogs, and 52.2 million cats in America. Cats took over in 1987 as America’s most popular pet and they haven’t looked back.

The number of pet birds in the U.S. totally crash landed in this most recent survey, falling about 26 percent from five years ago to 8.3 million. The horse population also took a hit, down about 33 percent to 4.9 million compared to 2006.

Why the decline in the pet population?

“The economy plays a significant role. Beyond that, it’s simp…………… continues on Chicago Tribune

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