How much money do Americans spend on their furry friends each year? We crunched the numbers, and here’s what we found.

The American love of pets is legendary, so it won’t come as a surprise to anybody that Americans spend more on their pets than the citizens of any other country in the world. The numbers also suggest a warning: pet ownership comes with great responsibility and can involve a considerable financial cost.

Key Findings

  • 1 out of 2 U.S. households own a pet.
  • $136.8 billion was spent on our furry friends in the U.S. – the equivalent of 171,214 houses in New York City.
  • An average U.S. pet owner will spend $912 a year on their dog and $653 on their cat.
  • Both cat and dog owners spend most on vet visits, food and OTC medicine.
  • Highly educated people aged 55-64 with an income of $200,000 or more spend most on their four-legged friends.
  • More and more people insure their pets. The number of insured pets in 2022 was 21.7% higher than in 2021.

How Many Pets Are There in the U.S.?

Studies show that 1 out of 2 U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 86.9 million homes.[1]

It’s not surprising that dogs outnumber all other species by far. Also not surprising is that the second most kept pet is a cat. It might come as a surprise that 6.0 million U.S. households own a reptile. In fact, there’s one reptile for every 11 dogs. [1]

How Much Do Americans Spend On Their Pets?

In total, Americans spent $136.8 billion on pet products and services in 2022. This is equal to buying 2,824,247 new cars. The average dog owner spent $912 and the average cat owner spent $653.[1]

Total Pet Spending

As mentioned above, Americans spent 136.8 billion in total on pets in 2022.

This represents a 10% increase in spending on pets compared to 2021 and a whopping 50% increase compared to 2018.[1]

Pet Spending by Products & Services

Data from AVMA shows that, unsurprisingly, the costliest items of owning both a cat and a dog are vet visits and pet food. The third most expensive item is grooming for dogs and toys for cats, as cats require much less grooming than dogs. A dog owner spends, on average, $99 a year on grooming, while cat owners only spend $18.[4]

Cost Of Owning A Dog Vs Cat

U.S. pet owners reportedly spend on average $912 every single year on their dogs and $653 a year on their cats.[4] On average, this comes out at around $76/month per dog and $54/month per cat.

Annual cost of owning a dog vs. a cat

The total amount includes items and services ranging from food and treats to vet visits and grooming.

Money Spent On Gifts For Pets

When it comes to toys and treats, dog owners spend $79 a year on gifts for their four-legged friends, while cat owners spend $50 a year on their cat companions.[4]

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Who Spends Most on Their Pets?

Next, let’s take a look at pet spending by demographics. We’ll look at differences in pet spending by income, age and education level.

Pet Spending by Income

Pet spending statistics show that pet owners of almost all income levels spend roughly 1% of their annual earnings on their pets.

The 2022 Consumer Expenditure Survey data shows that pet owners in the $200,000 or more income bracket spend the most on their pets – $1,455 annually.

People earning less than $15,000/year still spend $365 a year on their pets.[2]

Pet Spending by Age

Pet spending statistics show that people aged 55-64 spend the most money on their pets: $900/year.[2]

Pet owners aged 75+ spend the least of all age groups: $351/year.

Low pet spending in the <25 and 74+ age groups correlates to fewer people either owning pets at that age or being financially responsible for them.

Pet Spending By Educational Level

Pet spending statistics show (with one exception) that the more educated pet owners spend more money on products & services for their pets. This correlates to the spending by income level we’ve seen above since people with higher education are more likely to earn more.

The one exception seems to be pet owners who did not graduate high school. They spend on average $564/year on their pets.[2]

How Many Pets Are Insured?

Over the course of 2022, the number of insured pets in the United States increased by 22.1%.

Dogs represent 80.1% of the insured pets, while cats account for only 19.9%.

The reason behind the small number of insured cats could be due to the fact that cats mostly stay indoors and they rarely travel with their owners.[3]

Pet Spending FAQs

How much do Americans spend on pets?

Studies show that Americans spend a total of $136.8 billion on pet products and services. This is the equivalent of buying 2,824,247 new cars.

How much do pets cost per month?

Average dog owners spend $76 a month on their dogs and average cat owners spend $54 a month on their cats.

How much does pet insurance cost?

The average price that a pet owner has to pay for pet insurance (accident & illness) amounts to $640 a year for dogs and $387/year for cats.

How much does pet microchipping cost?

The average price of microchipping a pet ranges between $50 and $70 for both cats and dogs.

How much does pet vaccination cost?

The average cost for vaccinating a dog is between $75 and $100, while for cats the cost is around $65 and $110.

How much does pet boarding cost?

Pet boarding costs amount to $228 a year for dogs and $78 a year for cats.

How much does pet teeth cleaning cost?

The average cost of cleaning your dogs’ teeth is between $300 and $700 for a basic cleaning routine.You’ll spend around $50 to $300 for your cat.

How much does pet spaying cost?

Costs of spaying a dog usually run between $100 and $600 depending on various factors, while costs for spaying a cat typically run from $50 to $500.

What are the one-time costs of owning a pet?

One-time costs of owning a pet usually include a crate, carrier bag, spay, leash, pads, litter box (for cats), training classes (for dogs), and toys. The first year of owning a pet is usually the most expensive one.

How much does pet grooming cost?

Pet grooming can cost between $30 and $99 for dogs and around $18 to $70 for cats. Keep in mind that the price can vary widely based on what the grooming session includes.

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