Dogs are known to be man’s best friend, but cats, birds and other small critters that fall under the umbrella of “beloved pet” also qualify for the increased expenditures. According to a recent survey, Americans are clipping coupons like mad and postponing buying a new home, but when it comes to their favorite pooch or feline, they are spending more than ever before.
Keeping a pet happy and healthy is unquestionably the responsibility of the pet’s owner, and between trips to the vet, specialty foods, treats and toys, pet insurance and even parties held in honor of pets, Americans are proving to be as generous as if they were spending the money on themselves or their own children (which our pets are for many of us, albeit furry coats and a few more legs, of course.)
Americans have demonstrated no compunction about spending money for any type of family pet. A poll conducted by the non-profit American Pet Products Association (APPA) revealed that 16 percent of dog owners and 13 percent of cat owners said their animal’s medical treatment would take priority over their own.
About 73 million American households have one or more animals, with dogs and cats accounting for about three-quarters of pets. The benefits of having a pet in one’s life are manifold, and the unconditional love and damper against loneliness the love of an animal offers warms the human spirit like nothing else.
We are taking care of our pets so that they can take care of us.
Seems like a fair exchange for a happy life, no?