Our study of over 2,000 UK pet owners has revealed that owning a pet could be the key to a happier, healthier life. Figures reveal that around 90% (87%) of those surveyed claim to be happier as a result of owning a pet and around half (48%) believe that spending time with their pet reduces their stress levels.
A quarter of owners believe they have become more active since owning a pet and 10% claim that they are more aware of their own health needs as a result of pet ownership.
The research also paints a picture of a nation of Dr Doolittles as the findings reveal our unique relationship with our pets. Almost two thirds of owners believe they can understand the noises their pets make and 49% claim to be able to read their pets’ facial expressions.
Other findings include:
- A quarter of UK pets have their own seat in the living room
- 7% have their own bedroom
- 4% of UK pets have their own Twitter or Facebook profile
The study was commissioned to mark the second year of NOAH’s ‘I Heart My Pet’ campaign and the launch of our newly revamped website, designed to encourage owners to seek expert preventative healthcare advice for their animals. The campaign was created in response to NOAH figures which show that despite our love for our pets, many owners neglect to take preventative healthcare measures such as vaccination and worming.
NOAH Chief Executive, Philip Sketchley comments:
Once again, the findings show clearly that our pets really are members of the family, and reinforce the unique bond British owners have with their pets. The ‘I Heart My Pet’ campaign is about celebrating this special relationship and providing owners of all types of animals with independent, practical, expert advice on how best to prevent disease in their pets regardless of species.
Pet owners can get involved with the campaign by visiting our newly revamped www.pethealthinfo.org.uk site where they will find a range of informative and fun tools and activities designed to help keep their pets happy and healthy all year round.