WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
NATIONAL CAT DAY
Profile America — Saturday, October 29th. "Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." That anonymous quotation overlooks the condition of plenty of Americans, who still venerate cats. For such folks, and also the former deities, today is National Cat Day. For the less observant, there's always the Internet, which cats seem to dominate. There are about 74 million such honored animals in the U.S., slightly outnumbering dogs, their supposed rivals. Tributes to domestic cats are made through some of the $430 million per year spent on pet grooming services, and America's approximately 9,200 pet and pet supply stores. The latter establishments employ over 108,000 people in a nearly $15 billion a year business. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Cat Day/accessed 7/22/2016: http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-cat-day-october-29/
Quotation/accessed 7/22/2016: http://www.theultimatecatwebsite.com/cat-quotes.html
Cats and internet/accessed 7/22/2016: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/politics/101283/cats-internet-memes-science-aesthetics
Cat population/accessed 7/22/2016: https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Statistics/Pages/Market-research-statistics-US-pet-ownership.aspx
Grooming services/NAICS 36651: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ECN/2012_US/54SLLS1//prodsvc~36651
Pet supply stores/NAICS 453910: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~453910
Revenues/NAICS 453910: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ECN/2012_US/00A1//naics~453910
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau