In America, we love keeping pets. We care about our pets more than almost any other nation on Earth, so much so that visitors often remark at how kind and loving people in the United States are towards their animal friends.
In fact, we empathize with our animals as much as, or perhaps more, than we typically do with other people. According to a study conducted by AAHA in 2000, 44% or so of pet owners claimed to have acquired a pet at some point purely because they wanted a way to keep one of their already existing pets company.
With cats and dogs in particular, humans have a very close relationship. A huge percentage of Americans own either a cat or a dog (or both), and we go to comparatively great lengths to learn more about them, keep them happy, and enjoy our time with them as much as possib