The American people own 88.3 million cats and 74.8 million dogs besides 142 million freshwater fish and 24.3 million smaller animals. Although the number of dogs in ownership is lesser than cats, it is still the most wanted and most loved pet in any average American home and family. Pets serve as companions and help fight boredom. They can fill in the emptiness in someone’s lonely life.

However, these are considered to be distressing reasons when it comes to why Americans want pets. It has been proven that pets make it easier to socialize with others because they don’t talk and people with pets find it easier to start a conversation. Whatever science says by the way, the real reason people in the U.S keep pets is the distressing one.

Pets are creatures that can be cuddled and their affection can be enjoyed by people returning from the daily grind of work. Pets are commonly being used for therapy against depression and loneliness especially in the senior homes. We have compiled a list of the ten most popular pets in America. Almost 73 million homes in the US have at least one pet.

Ferrets

Iguanas

Snakes

Birds

The Guinea Pig

Mice

Cats

Dogs

Are there others you like?