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How Much People Spend On Their Pets, Per State

There’s no doubt that most people treat their pets like family, which means they tend to spend a lot of money on them. Well, in honor of National Pet Day, which is tomorrow, a new report reveals just how much folks shell out each year on their non-human family members, and the amounts vary vastly from state to state.

Overall, Americans spend about $126.19 on their pets each month, with folks in Delaware spending the most, around $311.90 a month, and those in Idaho pampering their pets the least, only spending $20 bucks a month.

States Spending the Most On Their Pets

  1. Delaware - $311.90
  2. Massachusetts - $272.50
  3. Washington - $186.37
  4. Texas - $182.30
  5. Alabama - $158.13
  6. New York - $156.46
  7. Louisiana - $156.00
  8. California - $153.59
  9. New Hampshire $149.29
  10. Georgia - $146.28

When it comes to specific animals, owners of small mammals, like guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils, spend the most monthly, about $251.82, while dog owners spend way more than cat people, $139.80 vs. $92.98. As for those who spend the least, that would be fish owners, who spend only $62.53 a month. 

Other interesting tidbits from the survey:

  • People in Washington, D.C. spend the most on dogs, about $270/month.
  • Those in Ohio spend the most on their fish, about $288/month.
  • Folks in Delaware spend $566.44/month on their cats, more than any other state.
  • Texans spend the most on birds, at $200/month, AND on reptiles, at $350/month.

Source: Opploans

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