Americans love sharing their life with a pet. According to the 2005-2006 American Pet Products Manufacturers Survey, 63 percent of all U.S. households own a pet.
Multiple pets per household put the total number of pets at 356 million. Fish make up the majority of the total, numbering 148 million when the freshwater and saltwater species are combined. The more traditional pets, cats and dogs, tally at 90 million and 73 million respectively. Small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets account for 18 million pets.
But what about other countries? Do they enjoy pet ownership? Oh yes. In Europe and Australia, pets are in one-fourth to nearly two-thirds of all homes. According to data collected in 2007 by both the Euromonitor and IVH (Industrieverband Heimtierbedard), the most pets per person live in Belgium, the Netherlands and Great Britain.
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