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Old 02-26-2013, 11:54 AM  
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We Spent $52 Billion On Our Pets Last Year

If we outlawed pets and taxed that money away from citizens instead, we could fund about 2/3 of the SNAP program.

We Spent $52 Billion on Our Pets Last Year
February 25, 2013 2:20 pm
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smar...rtnewspetmoney

Last year, Americans spent an estimated $52 billion on our pets—more than on both coffee and bottled water combined, according to a report issued by the American Pet Products Association.

Data stretching back to 1994 shows a clear trend: Americans are spending more on their pets than ever before. Even during the recession, spending leveled rather than dropped, a sign of just how much millions of Americans love their furry friends. If the past is any predictor of the future, that spending will only continue to rise in years to come.

It’s clear that most of our money goes into food and health care. But The Atlantic points out that grooming and treats should not be taken lightly. The $6.2 billion we spent on those two categories represents more money than Facebook made in advertising revenue last year.

The Atlantic breaks down the billions into its component parts and tracks how our wallets’ love for pets has grown over the years:

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Old 02-26-2013, 10:11 PM   #16
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I'm sitting here trying not to think about how much money I have spent on our cat, turtle, two dogs and three sheep. Yes, I have three pet sheep. Long story.
Long, cold winters where you are? Sometimes a guy gets a little lonely? I don't think we need, or want, any additional infomation.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:14 PM   #17
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How dare we spend money on something we choose, rather than having Obama taking it from us and giving Pet Stamps to the less fortunate among us.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:16 PM   #19
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I wouldn't get another cat. Not a house cat anyway. Seemed like I was always buying litter or food and cleaning that disgusting litter box.
Had one outside, one inside. The inside one used my cloth dining room chairs as scratching posts and tore up my valences. Had a scratching post too. Have had hundreds of gerbils, with cages climbing one wall of my kid's bedroom, two hamsters, two bunnies, a dog and a horse.
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Had one outside, one inside. The inside one used my cloth dining room chairs as scratching posts and tore up my valences. Had a scratching post too.
I have to imagine that the inside cat soooo envied the outside cat. I mean, considering the company.

"One more rant about Austrian economics and I'm going to tear up this valence!"
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Long, cold winters where you are? Sometimes a guy gets a little lonely? I don't think we need, or want, any additional information.
Hah. Every single one of my friends, at one time or another, has made the "Are you building a harem?" joke. They do have cute little faces.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:28 PM   #22
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Frankly I'd rather spend my hard earned money on our dog than an Obama voter. One is nice to me, the other is a complete nuisance.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:29 PM   #23
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This is great news. It helps the economy, business owners and so on.

I spend a shit load on my pets. I wish I didn't but a do. But you know what, its my money and if I want to buy high end dog food and crazy shit I can because it's MY MONEY.

I give the government enough money.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:48 PM   #24
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:15 AM   #27
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If we outlawed pets and taxed that money away from citizens instead, we could fund about 2/3 of the SNAP program.

We Spent $52 Billion on Our Pets Last Year
February 25, 2013 2:20 pm
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smar...rtnewspetmoney

Last year, Americans spent an estimated $52 billion on our pets—more than on both coffee and bottled water combined, according to a report issued by the American Pet Products Association.

Data stretching back to 1994 shows a clear trend: Americans are spending more on their pets than ever before. Even during the recession, spending leveled rather than dropped, a sign of just how much millions of Americans love their furry friends. If the past is any predictor of the future, that spending will only continue to rise in years to come.

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The Atlantic breaks down the billions into its component parts and tracks how our wallets’ love for pets has grown over the years:

I find this hard to believe. Are they including livestock? Racehorses?
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:18 AM   #28
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I work with a chick was spending $350 a month to keep her 22 year old cat alive. So I can believe the numbers are pretty high.
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I find this hard to believe. Are they including livestock? Racehorses?
The information was taken from the American Pet Products Association, published by The Atlantic (web), then republished as an article on the smithsonian.com site in the "smart news" category.

Here is a link to the original article by the APPA: http://www.americanpetproducts.org/p...strytrends.asp

In the APPA article is a chart breaking down pet by type:

Breakdown of pet ownership in the U.S. according to the 2011-2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey

Number of U.S. Households that Own a Pet (millions)

Bird 5.7
Cat 38.9
Dog 46.3
Equine 2.4
Freshwater Fish 11.9
Saltwater Fish 0.7
Reptile 4.6
Small Animal 5.0

Total Number of Pets Owned in the U.S. (millions)

Bird 16.2
Cat 86.4
Dog 78.2
Equine 7.9

Freshwater Fish 151.1
Saltwater Fish 8.61
Reptile 13.0
Small Animal 16.0

* Ownership statistics are gathered from APPA’s 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey

So I think it is safe to assume that the $52 BIL estimate does not include livestock, only those animals that are considered pets. I'm sure the list includes unconventional animals that could conceivably be viewed as livestock but the numbers are reported via "pet" owner survey.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:21 AM   #30
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The information was taken from the American Pet Products Association, published by The Atlantic (web), then republished as an article on the smithsonian.com site in the "smart news" category.

Here is a link to the original article by the APPA: http://www.americanpetproducts.org/p...strytrends.asp

In the APPA article is a chart breaking down pet by type:

Breakdown of pet ownership in the U.S. according to the 2011-2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey

Number of U.S. Households that Own a Pet (millions)

Bird 5.7
Cat 38.9
Dog 46.3
Equine 2.4
Freshwater Fish 11.9
Saltwater Fish 0.7
Reptile 4.6
Small Animal 5.0

Total Number of Pets Owned in the U.S. (millions)

Bird 16.2
Cat 86.4
Dog 78.2
Equine 7.9

Freshwater Fish 151.1
Saltwater Fish 8.61
Reptile 13.0
Small Animal 16.0

* Ownership statistics are gathered from APPA’s 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey

So I think it is safe to assume that the $52 BIL estimate does not include livestock, only those animals that are considered pets. I'm sure the list includes unconventional animals that could conceivably be viewed as livestock but the numbers are reported via "pet" owner survey.
But what is the amount of money spent per category? I'm thinking the 2.4 Equine spends more money than the 86 Cat. Also exotic fish owners who are also outnumbered almost 100 to 1 to dog and cat owners, probably spend a significant portion of that 52 billion.
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