Creature Comforts

Reigning Cats and Dogs

Americans are pet-crazy; 59 percent of all U.S. households have some kind of pet. How many furry friends, you may ask? Here's the breakdown:

  • Cats: 59 million
  • Dogs: 52.9 million
  • Exotic pets (birds, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rodents and reptiles): 26.5 million

Source: American Veterinary Medical Association

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This article was originally published in the July 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Creature Comforts.

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