They can gauge your mood, feel your emotions, and quite possibly read your mind. Your spouse? Maybe. Your pet? Without a doubt. It’s National Pet Day — a time to thoroughly appreciate the planet’s most amazing animals. Consider it Valentine’s Day for your dog, cat, bird, or whatever else has captured your heart on this day.
If you consider your pet a member of the family, you’re definitely not alone: 60 percent of pet owners feel the same way! In fact, two-thirds of Americans have pets, with the ASPCA estimating 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats in the U.S alone. Fish, gerbils, rabbits, and turtles are a big part of this day too.
We love our pets. Make sure they feel it on April 11.
National Pet Day - Survey Results
FULL RANKING OF THE MOST POPULAR PETS
#1: Dog (45%)
#2: Cat (30%)
#3: Fish (9%)
#4: Bird (e.g. parakeet, cockatiel, parrot, etc.) (5%)
#5: Hamster/gerbil/mouse (2%)
#6: Horse (2%)
#7: Snake (2%)
#8: Guinea pig (1%)
#9: Lizard (e.g. iguana, chameleon, gecko, etc.) (1%)
#10: Tarantula (1%)
National Pet Day Activities
Find a pet-friendly restaurant, preferably one that offers its very own treats.
Catch up on the classics
Remember "Marley and Me" or "Lady and the Tramp"? Or even more recent movies, like "Zootopia" or "The Secret Life of Pets"? Cuddle up with your furry friend and watch your favorite animal movie. Hey, they might even understand the parts with barks and meows, right?
Have a photo shoot...
...just in case we run out of cat pictures.
Take The National Pet Day Quiz
Why We Love National Pet Day
They make the best companions
Pets make the most loving and devoted creatures. They cure our loneliness and stress, mold their schedules to us, and often become integral members of our families.
They help us keep up with routines
Scheduling walks, playdates, and feeding times allows us to plan our days with discipline, makes us more likely to stick to routines, and teaches us time management skills. Sometimes our pets can be the reason we get out of bed each morning. (Yes, they can help improve symptoms of depression.)
They bring meaning to our lives
You develop a mutual dependency upon each other and that feels great.