Pandemic pets: 96% of British pet owners say their pet is essential to their mental health

Pawshake CEO Tanguy Peers comments on the research, “Separation anxiety can be a problem, especially when pets are used to us being at home all day then experience a drastic change in routine when we go back to work. The change can be quite unsettling for them.”

“At Pawshake, we hope our pet sitting and dog walking services will alleviate some of the stress. We are continuously educating and preparing our sitters to be ready to help when things open back up.”

Pets have changed

It seems the pandemic has been noticed by our pets, too. 55% of pet owners confirmed that they had spotted changes recently in their pet’s behaviour. Some of these changes are for the better, such as 44% of pets appearing to be happier.

Unfortunately, not all changes have been positive. 49% of pet owners admit their pet is more attached to them and frets when they’re home alone, and 15% admitting their pet had gained weight.

Pawshake has had a significant uptick in new pet registrations on the website since the announcement of the lockdown exit plans. It looks forward to supporting British pet owners with plenty of flexible care options for their precious pets. With more than 3,000 Pawshake sitters in the UK, many available at a moment’s notice, pet owners no longer need to worry about their pet feeling stressed when they aren’t at home.

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Contact: – Jess Tanner
Pawshake surveyed over 1250 British pet owners from its database.

About Pawshake

Pawshake is a trusted community of pet lovers. Pet owners can find vetted pet sitters, dog walkers, doggy daycare or home boarding solutions through the Pawshake website or app. Rates start at £20/night and include veterinary coverage, online customer support 7 days a week, and daily updates. Pawshake was co-founded in 2013 by Tanguy Peers, a former eBay executive who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people and their pets. Since launching in the United Kingdom in 2014, Pawshake has built a reputation for connecting pet owners with trusted and vetted pet sitters and now, more than 3,000 British sitters are offering their services on Pawshake.

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