Petplan Pet Census

With the 2011 National Census taking place, Petplan has been asking the nation their own set of questions and have now revealed the Petplan Pet Census 2011 – the UK’s largest ever study of its kind.

Whilst Brits are already known to be a nation of animal lovers, the findings show that pets may actually play their part in a ‘big society’ with proof that they make us more compassionate, happier, healthier and more sociable. As it stands, there are currently over 24 million pets in the UK – double the number of pensioners (based on an estimated 12 million people over 65 years of age). The Petplan Pet Census collected information from more than 10,000 pet owners asking them about a number of topics including diet, social relations and the cost of living. Interested in the findings? Click here to read more!

Among the results, Petplan found:

  • 37% of respondents have mixed up pet names with the name of their partner or children
  • 65% feel their pet is more reliable than their spouse
  • Fish and chips (41%) is the most popular takeaway to feed your pet
  • 32% buy treats and gifts more often for their pets than their partner

Download the full pdf of the Census.


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