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

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info@pfma.org.uk

Every year the PFMA commissions the well respected Pet Population report, which looks in detail at pet ownership trends. In 2017 it is estimated that 12m (44% of) households have pets.  The pet population stands at around 54 million.  

2016-2017 Rolling Total  Pet population (m) % households with ..…
Any pet 54 44%
Indoor fish 15-20 8%
Outdoor fish 15-20 5%
Dogs 8.5 24%
Cats 8.0 17%
Rabbits 0.9 2%
Indoor Birds 0.7 0%
Reptiles 0.7 1.5%
Domestic Fowl 0.6 1%
Guinea Pigs 0.5 2%
Hamsters 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.  

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