This week is National Pet Week and Be Kind to Animals Week. Americans will spend more than $55 billion on pets in 2013 and almost 83 million U.S. homes had pets last year.
Here are some facts about our animal friends, by the numbers:
**55.53 billion - The estimated number of dollars to be spent on pets in the United States in 2013.
**82.5 million - The number of U.S. hous...eholds with pets in 2012.
**63.2 - The percentage of pet owners surveyed in 2011 who considered their pets members of the family.
**70 - The percentage of Americans who considered themselves "dog people," according to a 2006 Gallup Poll.
**20 - The percentage who told Gallup they liked cats better.
**70 million - The number of pet dogs in the United States in 2012.
**74.1 million - The number of pet cats in the United States in 2012.
**Less than 1% - The estimated percentage of dogs and cats in the United States that are covered by pet insurance.