If you read our blog you know that we LOVE our pets and we are cat lovers, although we are seriously considering getting a puppy or a dog next year (the cats WILL NOT be happy)
Today is International Cat Day, so of course we are celebrating in our house with cans of tuna all round for the cats!
Did you know that Sainsbury’s Bank have done some research and come up with some facts and figures about pet ownership in the UK. It makes for very interesting reading and shows we do love our cats and dogs.
19% of UK households have a dog.
19% of UK households have a cat.
8% of UK households have both a cat and a dog.
Newcastle is the city with the highest level of dog ownership in the UK – 41% of households have a dog.
Brighton is the city with the lowest level of dog ownership in the UK – 14% of households have a dog.
Norwich has the highest level of cat ownership in the UK – 44% of households have a cat.
Attitudes to Pets
Nationwide, 46% of people prefer dogs compared to 30% who like cats better
Belfast has the highest proportion of dog lovers in the UK; 63% of people there prefer them.
Brighton and Norwich have the joint highest percentage of people who prefer cats – 40%.
Pets and health
88% of dog owners say that they feel happier and have a better quality of life because of their pets
85% of cat owners say that they feel happier and have a better quality of life because of their cats
29% of people said that their pet helped them overcome loneliness.
28% of people said that their pet helped them improve their overall fitness.
24% of people said that their pet helped them combat depression.
18% of people say that their pets have made them more sociable by helping them meet more people.
6% of people say that their pet helped them to cope better with a disability.
So it just shows you that we really do love our pets and they make a difference to our lives. We wouldn’t be without ours, even when they are naughty!
Are you a pet lover? What’s your favourite? Does cat or dog win for you?