(That's a pic of my puppy Casey!)
There’s no doubt that most people treat their pets like family, which means they tend to spend a lot of money on them. Well, in honor of National Pet Day, which is tomorrow, a new report reveals just how much folks shell out each year on their non-human family members, and the amounts vary vastly from state to state.
Overall, Americans spend about $126.19 on their pets each month, with folks in Delaware spending the most, around $311.90 a month, and those in Idaho pampering their pets the least, only spending $20 bucks a month.
States Spending the Most On Their Pets
- Delaware - $311.90
- Massachusetts - $272.50
- Washington - $186.37
- Texas - $182.30
- Alabama - $158.13
- New York - $156.46
- Louisiana - $156.00
- California - $153.59
- New Hampshire $149.29
- Georgia - $146.28
When it comes to specific animals, owners of small mammals, like guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils, spend the most monthly, about $251.82, while dog owners spend way more than cat people, $139.80 vs. $92.98. As for those who spend the least, that would be fish owners, who spend only $62.53 a month.
Other interesting tidbits from the survey:
- People in Washington, D.C. spend the most on dogs, about $270/month.
- Those in Ohio spend the most on their fish, about $288/month.
- Folks in Delaware spend $566.44/month on their cats, more than any other state.
- Texans spend the most on birds, at $200/month, AND on reptiles, at $350/month.