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The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6NH

Email

info@pfma.org.uk

Historical Pet Population

This chart details the rolling totals over the last nine years.  

In 2021 due to the Covid Pandemic, the survey moved online and due to the change in methodology (previously the survey was conducted via face to face interviews) current 2021 figures should not be compared to previous years. 
 

Rolling total 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-2019 2019-2020
Sample 4,205 4,223 6,192 8,353 8,380 8,000 8,000 8,000 8,000
                   
% households                  
Any pet 47% 48% 47% 46% 40% 44% 45% 40% 41%
Indoor fish 10% 10% 9% 9% 8% 8% 7% 6% 5%
Outdoor fish 6% 6% 6% 5% 5% 5%     3%
Dogs 22% 24% 25% 24% 24% 24% 26% 25% 23%
Cats 18% 19% 18% 17% 17% 17% 18% 17% 16%
Rabbits 3% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 1%
Domestic fowl 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 1% 0.4% 0.4 0.3%
Guinea Pigs 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1%
Indoor birds 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 0% 1% 1% 1%
Hamsters 2% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0.5%
Lizards 1% 1% 1% 1% 0.3% - 0.5% 0.6% 0.3

 

Pet population (m)

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-2019 2019-2020
All 66.9 69.2 64.9 58.4 54 54 51    
Indoor fish 23.0 23.3 23.3 19.9 16 15-20      
Outdoor fish 21.8 21.8 18.4 17.1 20 15-20      
Dogs 7.6 8.6 8.9 8.5 8.5 8.5 9 9 9
Cats 7.8 8.5 7.9 7.4 7.5 8 8 7.5 7.5
Rabbits 1.2 1.3 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.6 0.6
Domestic fowl 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4
Guinea Pigs 0.9 0.6 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4
Indoor birds 0.8 1.0 0.8 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.5
Hamsters 0.7 0.6 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2
Lizards 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.3 0.2

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