Posts Tagged ‘American Pet Products Manufacturers Association’

Meetings with a Mutt? More Pets Share Office Space

May 21, 2008

Dogs and cats and fish, oh my! More than 63 percent of American households own a pet today, which equates to 71.1 million homes and a whopping 382.2 million pets, according to a recent American Pet Products Manufacturers Association survey of pet owners. So are Fluffy and Fido just hanging out at home, or are they going to work with their human companions?

Pets, it seems, are showing up in the workplace more than ever, with 30 percent of employers allowing workers to bring pets to the office, according to a recent consumer survey commissioned by The HON company, a leading designer and manufacturer of office furniture. Of those who actually bring their pets to work, the majority of Americans bring dogs (24 percent), followed by fish (12 percent) and cats (8 percent).

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How do you choose your pet?

May 6, 2008

Americans spent more than $41 billion last year on their pets, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. We spend more on our pets than movies, video games and music combined.

So, what does the type of pet you choose to pamper say about you? Many pet owners look for pets that reflect their own personalities, looks and lifestyle, experts say. But their expectations often are not in sync with their choices.

“People that like cats tend to be those that maybe are more reflective and appreciate the cat’s ability to be different and stand by himself and yet be affectionate on his own terms,” said Amy Shojai, a certified animal behavior consultant. “A lot of artists, a lot of writers and musicians, really enjoy having cats because they are not quite as demanding as dogs.”

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Pet Owners Increasingly Insure Animals’ Health

April 8, 2008

You protect your family with health insurance, but what about your cat or dog?

About 1 percent of pet owners have purchased insurance for their furry friends, but increasing costs for trips to the veterinarian could boost their numbers.

The growth of this insurance field comes as pets occupy an increasingly prominent place in the American home.

According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, pet owners spent an estimated $9.8 billion on veterinary care in 2007, up from $7.1 billion in 2001.

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