Approximately 63.8 million (49.6%) of the 128.5 million homes in the United States have at least one pet, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey. And many of those pet-friendly households want features in the home that help keep their pets safe and happy.
Dogs are the most common pets, with one or more dogs found in 49 million U.S. homes, while 28.2 million households have one or more cats. Other common pets include fish (4.9 million homes), birds (2.7 million), small mammals (2.7 million), and reptiles (2.5 million).
The desire for pet accommodations in the home creates an opportunity for home builders and remodelers who are willing to meet those needs. Think about it: How many people with Labrador retrievers have dreamed of having a dedicated entrance to a dog-friendly mudroom where they could more easily clean their pet and consolidate pet-related accessories?