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These three cats couldn’t leave behind a kitten.

USA TODAY

It’s technically National Cat Day

But it’s more like National Cat Year.

With millions of Americans working at home or simply spending more time there because of the pandemic, they’re spending a lot more time with their pets than usual – not that their cats can be bothered to care.

(We, as cat lovers, are OK with that.)

More than one-third, or 34{37425de5ad535db010498538fa3ba07939468edcb2f1e01364969b57412d368a}, of pet owners have increased their pet-related spending since the pandemic began, according to a new survey by LendingTree. Only 17{37425de5ad535db010498538fa3ba07939468edcb2f1e01364969b57412d368a} are spending less, while the rest are spending about the same.

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Don’t tell cats, but the boom includes a big increase in spending on dogs.

As the economy flounders, though, some Americans are struggling to pay for the costs of owning a pet. 

An estimated 10 million pets could be