4.4 Pet Ownership

Given the furry fandom’s affinity for animals, over the years we’ve asked participants several questions about pet ownership, including whether they had ever owned a pet, currently owned a pet, and the number and type of pets currently owned.

The table below outlines the frequency of pet ownership by furries, organized by pet species.1

Pet Ownership in Furries


% of Furries Owning at Least One

Cat 13.5
Dog 13.6
Fish 2.0
Ferret 0.5
Mouse 0.2
Rat 0.5
Other Rodent 0.6
Snake 1.2
Lizard 1.1
Bird 1.5
Tarantula 0.1
Horse 0.7
98% of furries have owned a pet at one point in their lives, while 68% of furries currently own a pet. Among those who own pets, furries own an average of 2.72 pets (see table below)2
14-4 con sample identification within fandom

It would be worth looking, in future research, at the extent to which furries want to own a pet; these numbers might help to distinguish—among the one-third of furries who do not have a pet—those who genuinely do not wish to own a pet from those who, while wanting a pet, may be unable to do so due to their current living conditions (e.g., living with their parents,3 living in an apartment which does not allow pets, being unable to afford a pet4)


  1. Furry Fiesta 2012 and International Online Survey III
  2. Furry Fiesta 2013 Study
  3. See section 1.7 Living Accommodations
  4. See section 1.5 Income

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