Families with children own more pets

8 Aug

I recently had the opportunity to write about pets during my day job; a new survey on pet ownership had just been released, and it was easy enough to convert it into a family oriented story for my beat on the paper I currently work for.

One of the most interesting results of the study, at least in my mind, was the observation that families with children are substantially more likely to own pets. Less than half of singles own a pet, but more than 70 percent of families with at least one child do. This was especially true for small pets, such as cavies. More than 80 percent of cavy owners had children. The study seems to fly in the face of the logic that says that couples or individuals without children use pets as replacements, although there may be something to that idea as well: pet ownership among non-families was up 17 percent since 2006.

The study also found that pet ownership among families has decreased slightly in recent years. Baby Boomers, however, maintain their interest in pets, and seem to be the driving force behind still-increasing rates of pet ownership.

You can read more here.

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