Washington, known for its lush landscapes and tech-savvy cities, also boasts a unique trend when it comes to pet ownership. The bond between Washingtonians and their pets is evident in the way they pamper, care for, and prioritize their furry friends. Let’s delve into the specifics of how Washington stands out in the realm of pet ownership, especially when compared to other states.
- Fashionable Furry Friends: 77% of Washingtonians have bought outfits for their pets.
- Artisanal Treats for Pets: 74% have ordered special treats like ‘puppacinos’.
- Party Animals in the Truest Sense: 61% of Washington pet owners throw birthday parties for their pets.
- Festive Spirit Alive and Well: 82% buy their pets birthday or Christmas presents.
- Holistic Health Choices: 42% have opted for complementary therapies for their pets.
- Conscious Dietary Choices: 35% of pets have a special diet, with 10% trying veganism.
- Proactive Pet Health: 52% of pets have allergies, with 38% tested for the same.
- Generous Spending on Pets: Washingtonians spend an average of $5,363 annually on their pets.
Fashionable Furry Friends
A whopping 77% of Washingtonians have bought outfits for their pets. This love for pet fashion is in stark contrast to Alabama, where only 25% of pet owners have indulged in such purchases. This could be attributed to Washington’s more urban and fashion-forward culture, while Alabama’s rural setting might prioritize pet functionality over fashion.
Artisanal Treats for Pets
In Washington, 74% have ordered their pets special treats like ‘puppacinos’. This penchant for gourmet pet treats is a far cry from Mississippi, where only 20% have treated their pets to such delights. Washington’s thriving coffee culture and artisanal food scene might influence this trend.
Party Animals in the Truest Sense
Celebrating pets is a big deal in Washington, with 61% of pet owners throwing birthday parties for their furry friends. This festive spirit is notably higher than in West Virginia, where only 15% throw pet parties. The social and community-driven nature of Washingtonians might play a role here.
Festive Spirit Alive and Well
The holiday spirit is strong in Washington, with 82% buying their pets birthday or Christmas presents. In South Dakota, this figure stands at a mere 30%. Washington’s higher disposable income and consumer culture might be factors.
Holistic Health Choices
Washingtonians are also keen on holistic health for their pets. 42% have opted for complementary therapies such as aromatherapy or acupuncture for their pets, a significant difference from the 5% in North Dakota. The state’s progressive approach to health and wellness might influence this choice.
Conscious Dietary Choices
Dietary choices for pets in Washington are diverse, with 35% of pets having a special or subscription-based diet. This is in stark contrast to the 5% in Wyoming. Washington’s focus on health and organic living could be a driving factor.
The vegan trend isn’t just for humans in Washington. 10% of pets in the state have tried a vegan diet, while in Montana, this figure is almost negligible at 1%. The state’s strong vegan and vegetarian community might influence this trend.
Proactive Pet Health
Health concerns are paramount for Washington pet owners. 52% of pets in the state have allergies, with 38% being tested for the same. This proactive approach to pet health is notably higher than in Oklahoma, where only 10% of pets have allergies and a mere 5% have been tested. Washington’s access to advanced veterinary care and health awareness might be reasons.
Generous Spending on Pets
When it comes to spending, Washingtonians don’t hold back. They spend an average of $5,363 annually on their pets, from food and toys to medical expenses. This lavish spending is in stark contrast to Arkansas, where the average annual spend is just $1,035. The state’s higher average income and living standards could play a role.
Washington’s pet ownership trends highlight the state’s commitment to ensuring the best for their pets, from health and wellness to indulgence and pampering. These trends not only showcase the love and care Washingtonians have for their pets but also set a benchmark for pet ownership across the country.
Throughout January-February 2023, Dollar Geek surveyed 4,782 American adult pet owners, who owned at least one cat or dog, across 50 states, with a minimum of 93 people per state. The State of Alaska and the State of Hawaii were excluded from this study due to a lack of eligible respondents.
- Source: Forbes Advisor analysis of pet insurance costs. Data based on figures provided by Petinsure.com with 90% reimbursement, and a $250 deductible.
For further reading see our Great American Pet Report: 2023 Pet Ownership Statistics which covers every state or alternatively dive into the pet pampering trends of California, New York, Oregon, and see how they compare!