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Today is National Love Your Pet Day!

Did you know today (February 20) is National Love Your Pet Day? This is a day we can get behind! In fact, according to a 2012 report by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 36.5% of households have at least one dog and 30.4% of households have at least one cat. In fact, 6 out of 10 people surveyed say their pets are considered family members.

To celebrate this adorable day, we wanted to highlight some fun and interesting stats about pets and pet parents. Do you align with these trends?

Cuddling in Bed

Cats are definitely given more cuddling privileges than dogs at bedtime. According to an article by Psychology Today, 65% of households that own cats allow them to sleep in their bed versus just 39% of dogs. It could be that dogs just tend to be bigger and hog more of the bed, or it could be that cats are just more pleasant to sleep next to. It makes sense, given that they sleep anywhere from 16 to 20 hours each day!

Fido on the Furniture?

Just like cats are allowed in the bed more often than dogs, felines also get more freedom when it comes to the furniture. In 70% of cat-owning households, they’re allowed to lie on the furniture, versus just 40% of dogs. It makes sense when you think about it… it’s not exactly easy to convince a cat to respect your boundaries!

But here’s a statistic that might surprise you. According to a study by Joybird, 66% of the women surveyed allow their pets to be on their furniture, versus only 54% of the men surveyed.

Taking a Joyride

One thing is for sure. Dogs get to go on car rides way more often than cats. According to, 75% of households with a dog take their pet in the car with them, compared with just 8% of households with cats. Dogs get to go on vacation more often, too. Just 11% of cat owners surveyed said they take their pet on vacation versus 34% of dog owners… can you say lucky dog?!

Of course, if you bring your pet in the car, make sure you’re keeping him safe and always be aware of the weather and heat. Temperature levels inside your vehicle can rise almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes.

So, how do you measure up to these trends? Do you let your pets in the bed, on the furniture, and in your car? We’d love to hear your thoughts over on our Facebook page!