INDUSTRY: Pet Population

America's household cat and dog population has reached an alltime high of 49.3 million, the American Can Co. reported this week. The dog population is 22.6 million (v. 17 million when the last survey was made six years ago), and home-based cats number 26.7 million. Dogs are owned by 41% of all families and cats by 29%, but the average dog-owning family has only 1.34 dogs, while cat-owners average 2.21 cats to a family. (Not included in the census were waifs, strays and pets living in stores and factories.) This year, more than 1.5 billion cans of pet food...

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