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info@pfma.org.uk

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020 7836 2460

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020 7836 0580

Pet Population 2016

Every year the PFMA commissions the well respected Pet Population report, which looks in detail at pet ownership trends. In 2016 it is estimated that 11m (40% of) households have pets.  The pet population stands at around 57 million.  

2015-2016 Rolling Total  Pet population (m) % households with ..…
Any pet 57 40%
Indoor fish 16 8%
Outdoor fish 20 5%
Dogs 8.5 24%
Cats 7.5 17%
Rabbits 0.8 2%
Domestic fowl 0.5 0%
Guinea Pigs 0.7 1%
Indoor birds 0.6 2%
Hamsters 0.4 1%
Lizards 0.3 1%
Snakes 0.3 1%
Tortoises / turtles 0.3 1%

Each year a representative sample of UK adults are interviewed, by TNS, in face-to-face interviews, regarding their pet ownership. Historically, a sample of over 2,000 people were interviewed each year, but in the last two years a sample of over 4,000 people have been interviewed. In order to further reduce statistical uncertainty, survey results are averaged over 2 years, giving an effective sample of over 8,000 people.