According to LiveScience, people are becoming more and more obsessed with their pets, especially cats and dogs.
It seems that 2/3’s of American households, roughly 71.1 million households have at least one pet. This is an increase from a 1988 survey that found one or more pets in 56 percent of households. 45 percent of pet owners have more than one pet.
The rest of this article is rather interesting, chronicling the rise of pet ownership in conjunction with the rise of the middle class in the 20th Century as well as discussing what people do for their pets.
Are they like your furry kids or get other pampered treatment like day spas and professional grooming? Ours don’t. Cats and macaws don’t particularly care for that kind of treatment like dogs do. However, they have their own demands for attention. For example, the macaw gets quite peeved if he’s not told “Bye!” when we’re leaving the house.
How obsessed are you with your pets on a scale of 1 (not obsessed) to 10 (very obsessed)? I would say we’re about a 5 or 6. Where do you fit in?