In 1981, there were 42 million pet cats in the United States, according to the Pet Food Institute. (There were 49 million dogs.)
According to the Humane Society of the United States:
* 23 percent of all U.S. households own at least one cat.
* the number of cat owners is increasing at a rate of 2.9 percent a year--more than twice the rate for dogs.
* more cats live in households with children than in households without them.
* cat owners are more likely to live in the suburbs.
* more than half of all cat owners have had some college.
* cat owners are more likely to be employed full- time and have a higher family income than their canine- favoring counterparts. Cat stats
The typical American cat is a 3-year-old mixed breed and weighs 8 pounds.
If a cat lives out its lifespan, it will last 14 to 17 years. But the life expectancy of a cat is 3 years. A cat is more likely to die in an accident than of old age. Cat bucks
In 1981, cat owners purchased $1.4 billion worth of cat food.
In 1979, cat owners spent:
$123 million on kitty litter and litter accessories (trays, scoops, etc.).
In 1979, dog and cat owners also spent:
* $170 million to board pets.
* $157 million on flea- and-tick preparations.
* $74 million on pet dietary supplements.
* $97 million on grooming and grooming supplies.
* $37 million on pharmaceuticals.
* $63 million on toys.