Owning a pet can be a rewarding experience, but it comes with a financial responsibility that should not be taken lightly. It costs about $1,520 a year to own a dog and $1,158 for a cat. On a national level, Americans spent a staggering $53 billion on their pets in 2012, according to the American Pet Products Association.
Check out our infographic containing annual pet costs, pet insurance costs and more to find out the true cost of owning a pet.
From gerbils to puppies to rabbits to cats, people have a lot of choices for household pets these days. Depending on your lifestyle, you may be better suited for a certain type of pet. While there may be certain stereotypes of cat people and dog people, use this guide instead to discover the best pet for you. Continue reading
Shelter animals are often seen as the used cars of the pet world. Their history is unknown, and some fear surprises could be lurking under the hood. But as many shelter-dog owners can tell you, most of those fears are unfounded. Continue reading
Did you answer your cat’s question on National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day ? It was January 22, in case you missed it this year. But don’t worry – there are plenty of animal holidays coming up. Continue reading
Some people view adopting an animal as a chance to be creative – like those who make up clever names such as Ozzy Pawsbourne, Mr. Meowgi and Afro Thunder. But the majority of pet owners prefer classics like Lucy, Max or Buddy. Find out where they stacked up among the most popular pet names of 2012. Continue reading
There’s a long history of presidential pets, stretching all the way back to George Washington. The first president owned a parrot, horse, donkey and seven dogs: Sweet Lips, Scentwell, Vulcan, Drunkard, Taster, Tipler and Tipsy.
Here’s a look at prominent presidential pets of the last few decades. Continue reading