# Top 10 Pets

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

# Top 10 Pets

April 17, 2016

Lots of animals can make great pets: dogs, cats, guinea pigs, even flamingos if you have a pond. So what are the most popular household pets? Which one shows up the most? Well, it turns out there are two ways to answer this, at least in the U.S. If you count how many houses have each kind of pet, dogs win! But if you count animal by animal, a house can have more than one of a type of pet – and then cats and fish win. There are 81 million cats and almost 76 million fish, but 72 million dogs. Hey, as long as you’re putting food in the tank for your fish, you might as well have 20 of them swimming around in there, right? Rabbits, turtles, and guinea pigs all make the list, too, along with “livestock” like chickens and sheep. But none of those comes close to matching your everyday cats and dogs.

Wee ones: Who has the most legs, a flamingo, a fish or a dog?

Little kids: If you have 2 cats, 4 hamsters and a ferret, how many whiskery noses do they have?  Bonus: If there are 20 houses on your street and all but 1 have a pet, how many homes have pets?

Big kids: 9 million homes have 76 million fish all together. If 8 million homes have just 1 fish, how many millions of fish are left for the rest?  Bonus: 43 million houses have dogs, but just 37 million have cats. If 10 million houses in that whole set have both, how many have just 1 kind of pet?

The sky’s the limit: Say all the neighbors on your street have pet hamsters, turtles, and penguins. If the hamsters and turtles add up to 16, the turtles and penguins add up to 10, and the hamsters and penguins add up to 8, how many of each do you have?