A.Thompson.Ansi1143B.Assignment #10 (Pets and Companion Animal)
Describe the rate of ownership for the various pet species in US households.
Approximately 32.4% of US households have at least one cat, and 37.2% of US
households have a dog – 57.4% of US households have a pet. Cats are the most
numerous pet species at 81.7 million, following by fish at 75.8 million, followed
by dogs at 72.1 million. Birds are a distant fourth at 11.2 million. Other pet
species, which are far less numerous, include ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, guinea
pigs, gerbils, turtles, snakes, lizards, and livestock.
Describe some of the generalities that can be drawn about pet owner
Families with children are the most likely to own a pet and people
who are 65 or older and live alone are the least likely to have a pet. The greater
the household income, the more likely a family is to have a pet. Homeowners are
more likely to own pets than those who rent. Finally, the larger the number of
people in a house, the more likely it is to have a pet.
What is the monetary value of the particular industry segments associated
with the pet species that were discussed in the chapter?
expenditures for pets are around $25 billion a year, the pet food industry is around
$16 billion a year and increasing, and the US exports $970 million of pet food to
Compare the percentage of US households involved in the livestock industry
to the percentage that have a pet or companion animal.
Of the 275 million
pets in the country, 11 million are considered to be livestock.
Also, only about
2% of the American population is involved in agriculture, while at least 63% have
or are associated with companion animals.
Define and differentiate among all the categories of pet animals.
Companion animals are kept purely for pleasure rather than utility (as
opposed to livestock) and their owners are considered to have an intense
emotional tie to them. To help clarify the different types of companion animals,
they have been further divided into six categories. Ornamental pets generally
serve to decorate and enhance an atmosphere, and are typically bright colored
birds or fish. Status symbols serve to make the human owner feel better about
themselves and are generally an unreasonably large/macho or wild animal, such
as large snakes, wolves, wild cats, piranhas, or bears. Playthings constitute a
possibly wide range of living situations for the animal, including being a child’s
playmate or an animal used in a sporting event. Hobby animals are often bred and
entered in competition by their owners, who frequently belong to clubs and