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Apartments Make Good Homes for Dog, Cat Products

Posted: July 26, 2012, 7:10 p.m EDT


Manufacturers and sellers of pet products may want to take a closer look at apartment dwellers, especially in light of the findings in a recent nationwide survey.

Chicago-based Apartments.com found that 43 percent of apartment residents identified themselves as pet owners.

Among other results:

• 35 percent share an apartment with a small dog (25 pounds or less).
• 24 percent live with a cat.
• 11 percent raise a medium-size dog (26 to 50 pounds).
• 13 percent have a large dog (more than 50 pounds).

Many apartment owners have a small dog, study says
Many apartment owners surveyed for an Apartments.com survey said they share their home with a dog.
• 4 percent own a fish, 2 percent a bird and 2 percent a small mammal.

Some 25 percent of those who identified themselves as nonpet owners plan on getting a cat or dog in the next 12 months.

"Renters have made it clear that not accommodating a pet could be a deal breaker in their apartment search, and many apartment managers have taken this feedback into consideration and adjusted pet policies," said Tammy Kotula, public relations manager for Apartments.com.

Another potentially important finding for those in the pet industry: More than 28 percent of apartment pet owners chose the location based on its proximity to pet amenities such as veterinarian offices.

Nearly 75 percent of the survey respondents were women. More than 46 percent of the respondents were single and between ages 25 and 54.

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