People love their pets; there is no doubt about that. People particularly love their cats and their dogs, with over 86 million cats and 74 million dogs living in homes in the United States alone, not to mention the further millions of each animal living in homes across Europe and Asia. In Canada, an estimated 35% of the population owns a dog, while 38% owns a cat.
Though both dogs and cats are by far the most popular pet of choice overall, there are still over 170 million fish in tanks in people’s homes, and nearly 15 million horses in stables across the country. Based upon the numbers, it’s clear people love the companionship that pets provide. While the vast majority of pet owners can share a bond with a cat, or a dog, or even a fish, some just need to go the extra mile and dig deeper into their pocketbooks. To outdo the rest of the pet loving world they buy an expensive, exotic pet, showing the world that their companion animal is not only cooler but also more expensive than most; price being a clear indication as to how good a pet the animal will make, of course. Call me crazy, but I’ll take my shelter cat any day of the week. But hey, who am I to judge.
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