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Courtesy of Carolyn Miller

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Figure 1-5

Pets are an important part of the family.

households and cats in 30.4 percent. See Table 1-1. Most cat owners have an
average of 1.95 cats. American households also contain 8.3 million birds,
3.2 million rabbits, 1.2 million hamsters, and 58 million fish. See Table 1-2.1
The pet supply industry is a large and growing one. The exact number of
stores dealing in pet sales, pet equipment, and pet foods is hard to determine
because of the great variation in size and type of stores. See Figures 1-7A,
1-7B. Marshall Meyers, Senior Advisor for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory
Council, gives his best estimate as follows:
1. Mass merchandisers are large stores that carry pet supplies and perhaps
live fish. Examples are Walmart, Kmart, Target, etc., with 8,500 to
9,500 stores nationwide.
2. Pet specialty stores, large-format and multi-chain stores like PetSmart,
Petco, Pet Supplies Plus, etc., with approximately 2,500 to 2,800 stores.

Courtesy of Tracey A. Carter

3. Independents, which include a few large-format single stores or small
chains, number 6,000 to 8,000, with the majority handling animals and
products.

Animals can teach
children many things, such as
responsibility, compassion, and
trust.

Figure 1-6

4. Feed stores, garden centers, hardware centers, grocery, drug, home
improvement, agricultural supply, groomers, boarding kennels, etc.,
normally carry some pet products. Some may carry outdoor water
garden fish, plants, and related supplies; some feed centers may carry
rabbits or farm-type pets along with an array of pet products. These
may number up to 150,000 stores or outlets.
5. There are others, not named above.
Altogether, there are as many as 200,000 stores that sell pets, pet equipment, pet foods, and other supplies.2



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