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February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day

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Many families own pets, and more than likely they love their pets. Feb. 20 has been designated as National Love Your Pet Day. This is the official day for pampering your pet with a little extra love and affection to show them just how much you care.

A pet is an animal kept primarily for a person's company or protection, as opposed to working animals, sport animals, livestock, and laboratory animals, which are kept primarily for performance, agricultural value, or research. The most popular pets are noted for their attractive appearances and their loyal or playful personalities.

Most households in the United States have at least one pet. Approximately 39% of U.S. households own at least one dog, and 33% own at least one cat.

There are approximately 78.2 million pet dogs in the United States, approximately 86.4 million pet cats in the United States, and 5.3 million house rabbits. Pets outnumber children four to one in the United States.

The most popular pets are likely dogs and cats, but people also keep house rabbits; rodents such as gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, fancy rats, and guinea pigs; avian pets, such as canaries, parakeets, and parrots; reptile pets, such as turtles, lizards and snakes; aquatic pets, such as tropical fish and frogs; and arthropod pets, such as tarantulas and hermit crabs.

Some people have pets that are kept outside such as horses.

No matter what pet you have, give them extra love and affection on Feb. 20.

National Love Your Pet Day is a chance to show your cat, dog, tortoise or whatever pet you have how you really feel. Give your pets treats, pamper them, and give them attention. After all, if you've ever owned a pet, you know the kind of joy pets can bring.

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