With an estimated 54 million pets in the UK, and 16.5million of them cats and dogs, it’s fair to say we are a country of animal lovers.
Now IAMS has put the nation’s pet parenting skills to the test to find out what makes our furry family members purr with delight – and the results reveal that we aren’t quite as animal savvy as we could be!
The survey of 200 UK pet owners reveals there is an art to mealtimes. The typical UK dog or cat will enjoy breakfast at 7.43am with dinner being served 10 hours and 55 minutes later, at precisely 6.28pm. Ninety-four per cent of dog owners will give their pet a daily treat, with nearly a third (27%) admitting to feeding human snacks. While cats are treated less often, they do enjoy the finer things in life, such as tuna and chicken as snacks.
What’s more, 30% exercise their dog for less than 30 minutes each day and, considering that 49% of dogs are considered overweight, perhaps it’s the owners who need putting in the dog house! For those who do walk their dogs daily, the average dog walk takes just over an hour (one hour and four minutes to be exact) for most medium sized breeds, such as collies, cocker spaniels and Siberian huskies.
When it comes to cats, they enjoy 34 minutes of play each day, often playing on their own and chasing things such as string or toys. Clearly this is very exhausting as, according to…