These three cats couldn’t leave behind a kitten.
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%, of pet owners have increased their pet-related spending since the pandemic began, according to a new survey by LendingTree. Only 17% 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