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We see you buying birthday presents for your pets, and it’s okay

According to Nielsen, 95% of pet owners say they consider their pets members of the family.

We see you buying birthday presents for your pets, and it’s okay
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Remember that old adage about how no one knows you’re a dog on the internet? Well, for all the dogs reading this article right now, I have some great news for you. More and more pet owners see their furry companions as family members, and those attitudes are reflected in all kinds of pet-pampering consumer behaviors.

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That’s according to a new report from Nielsen, which found that 95% of pet owners said they considered their pets to be members of the family in 2015, up 7 points from a similar poll taken in 2007. The report notes that 3 in 5 American households have at least one pet, and per-household spending on retail pet foot hit $201 in 2017. Nielsen also says that pet owners are putting a greater emphasis on “health and wellness” for pets—with some 62% saying they see cleaner food as paramount to success in pet innovation.

Here are a few other interesting insights:

  • 71% of consumers let their pets sleep with them in bed
  • 65% of consumers bought their pet a birthday or holiday present
  • 31% of consumers frequently or occasionally cook for their pets

The insights come from Harris polls taken in 2007 and 2015, a Nielsen shopper survey taken in 2017, and retail data for 52 weeks ending March 3, 2018. You can fetch the full report here. That’s a good boy!

[Screenshot via Nielsen]
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Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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