Pet Ownership in Europe and U.S. on the Rise


According to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) America isn’t the only country where pet adoptions are up and where people feel that pets have helped them through the pandemic. And like America, the number of pet families are on the rise:

European Historical Pet Population:

1970: Dog 5.1m / Cat 4.6m

1980: Dog 5.6m / Cat 4.9m

1990: Dog 7.4m / Cat 6.8m

2000: Dog 6.5m / Cat 8m

2010: Dog 8m / Cat 8m

2020: Dog 9m / Cat 7.5m

For context, in America, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) National 2019-2020 Pet Owners Survey, 67 percent of U.S. households have at least one pet.

According to Statistica, in 2017 in the U.S. 94.2 million pet cats compared to 73 million in 2000.

According to Statistica, in 2017 in the U.S. 89.7 million pet cats compared to 68 million in 2000.

APPA Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures:

Year                 Billions of dollars

2020                 $99.0 Estimated
2019                 $95.7 Actual
2018                 $90.5 (2018 figures have been restated using APPA’s new research methodology.)