COVID 19 Pandemic Led the Average Pet Ownership Years Down

COVID 19 Pandemic Led the Average Pet Ownership Years Down

Due to the pandemic and lockdowns, stress and loneliness have made many people bring a pet into their lives. And pets have delivered, as 38% of pet owners managed Covid-19 anxiety thanks to their pets.

A survey done by American Pet Products Association (APPA) shows that the pandemic has increased the number of pet owners, and more pets have got adopted and bought than ever before. 

The following numbers show how many pet acquisitions were influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Dog – 47%
  • Cat – 40% 
  • Freshwater Fish – 34%
  • Saltwater Fish – 60%
  • Bird – 46%
  • Small Animal – 46%
  • Reptile – 27%
  • Horse – 27%

With the growth in acquisitions, around 70% of American households have a pet

The largest number of these households have a dog — 54% of them. Moreover, 35% of them own a cat, 9% of households own freshwater fish, 8% own birds, 5% keep small animals, 4% reptiles, 2% saltwater fish, and only 3% own horses.

However, due to many people adopting pets and starting from day one, the average ownership years went down from the pre-pandemic times. 

So, here is a comparison of the average number of years as a pet owner before and after the pandemic started:

Dogs

  • 2018 — 16
  • 2020 — 14

 Cats

  • 2018 — 15
  • 2020 — 14

Freshwater Fish

  • 2018 — 7
  • 2020 — 6

 Saltwater Fish

  • 2018 — 5
  • 2020 — 4

Birds

  • 2018 — 11
  • 2020 — 8

Small Animals

  • 2018 — 3
  • 2020 — 3

Reptiles

  • 2018 — 5
  • 2020 — 5

Horses

  • 2018 — 13
  • 2020 — 10

These new owners are a huge market for pet brands, as attracting them right away means the brands might get lifelong buyers. 

For example, if they find their favorite brand of puppy food, they are more likely to stay loyal to the brand and use the adult and senior food options from it too.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.