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

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Pet Population 2021

Every year the PFMA commissions the well respected Pet Population report, which looks in detail at pet ownership trends. In 2021 it is estimated that 17m (59% of) households have pets. 

 

2021 Pet population (m) % households with ..…
Dogs 12.5 33%
Cats 12.2 27%
Rabbits 1.1 2%
Indoor Birds 1.3 2%
Guinea Pigs 0.8 1.2%
Domestic Fowl 1.2 1.1%
Hamsters 0.6 1.7%
Tortoises and Turtles 0.4 1%
Snakes 0.4 0.8%
Lizards 0.4 0.7%
Horses and Ponies 0.5 1%
Gerbils 0.4 0.6%
Rats 0.2 0.3%
Ferrets 0.1 0.1%
Frogs and Toads 0.2 0.2%
People keep insects 0.3 0.3%
Newts/Salamanders 0.1 0.1%
Pigeons 0.5 0.8%
Mice 0.1 0.1%

 

Each year a representative sample of UK adults are interviewed by Kantar / Soulor Consulting about their pet ownership.  Pre-pandemic, since 2014, interviews were face-to-face - however, in 2021 5093 interviews took place via an online survey.        

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