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Doggonit! Cat lovers won't like these numbers

• Apr 6, 2017 at 2:39 PM

Ten percent of Americans say their pets are their best friends.

To conduct a NationalToday.com Pet Day Survey, researchers asked 1,000 Americans all about their four-legged friends.

Surprisingly, 81 percent of Americans don’t own pets — but the ones who do are in love. Twenty-three percent of Americans say their pets give them unconditional love, and 14 percent report  their pets make them look forward to coming home.

Has America gone to the dogs? Only 30 percent of pet owners have a cat, while 45 percent own dogs. Apartment-friendly animals also abound: 9 percent of pet owners have fish and 5 percent own birds.

Pet owners more attractive?

Thirteen percent of females and 11 percent of males say pet owners are their dream dates, while 22 percent of Americans swoon for people who treat their pets like family. Non-pet owners also can get in on the love as one in five Americans are more likely to fall for someone who expresses outward affection for animals.

Top five most popular pets in America

#1: Dog (45 percent).

#2: Cat (30 percent).

#3: Fish (9 percent).

#4: Bird (e.g. parakeet, cockatiel, parrot, etc.) (5 percent).

#5: Hamster/gerbil/mouse (2 percent).

To learn more about National Pet Day, you can visit [nationaltoday.com/us/national-pet-day]. While there, you can also read about other fun holidays, including National Dog Day [http://nationaltoday.com/us/national-dog-day/) and National Kitten Day (http://nationaltoday.com/us/national-kitten-day/).

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