U.S. households spend more each year on their pets than they do on alcohol, furniture, landline phone service or men and boy’s clothing, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data collected by the Census Bureau.
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Pet ownership in the U.S. by the numbers
$53.3 billion - Amount U.S. spent on pets in 2012
218 million - Number of pet owners in 2011
47% - Share of U.S. households that own dogs
37% - Share of U.S. households that own cats
$502 - Average household spending on pets in 2011
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Pet Products Association