One of many largest annual surveys into UK pet possession has delivered excellent news for small animal vets with a reported 400,000 enhance within the canine inhabitants and 600,000 extra households proudly owning a pet.
The 2018 Pet Meals Producers’ Affiliation (PFMA) report stated an increase in canine possession amongst households – an 11% enhance on 2017 – is a “clear driver” within the statistics.
The variety of households with youngsters and canine has risen from 2,074,756 in 2017 to 2,303,029 in 2018 – a rise of 228,273.
Primarily based on interviews with eight,000 households, the report additionally recorded the nation’s cat inhabitants was at a five-year excessive, with an estimated eight million felines. A complete of 18% of households personal a cat – which equates to 140,000 extra cats in 75,000 extra properties in contrast with 2017 figures.
The soar within the pet inhabitants has been warmly acquired.
A BSAVA spokesman stated: “The BSAVA welcomes information of elevated pet possession, as the advantages to households and to society basically are well-known and understood.”
Michael Bellingham, PFMA chief govt, stated: “I’m delighted 11% extra households within the UK are benefiting from canine possession.
“Pets in various sizes and styles – from lizards and snakes to hamsters and cats – can carry a lot pleasure to youngsters.
“With the calls for of contemporary life and the pull of digital companions, we’re happy extra youngsters will profit from the social, emotional and bodily advantages of pet interplay.”
Inhabitants of 51 million
The UK pet inhabitants stands at 51 million, representing 45% of households.
Since 1965, pet numbers have, typically, been on the rise. Over the previous half century, the variety of cats and canine within the nation has roughly doubled. In 1965, the canine inhabitants was four.7 million, and the cat inhabitants was four.1 million.
Every year four,000 UK adults are interviewed by TNS/Solus Consulting through face-to-face interviews. To additional cut back statistical uncertainty, survey outcomes are averaged over two years, giving an efficient pattern of greater than eight,000 individuals to finish the PFMA report.
- For the total story and PFMA findings, learn the 9 April subject of Veterinary Instances.