Top Christmas treats for pets
Eight out of 10 pet owners plan to gift their furry friends more that a bone for Christmas. They will give them jumpers, jackets, advent calendars, and animal-friendly festive meals.
A survey of 2,000 cat and dog owners found 23 per cent have bought their pet more presents than their partner this year – totalling an average spend of £31.30.
15% will find a Christmas dinner fit for a King to pamper their pet.
A hopeful 13% have even purchased their pet a festive jumper to wear for the big day. However, only 38% believe they will be willing to wear it.
35% believe their pet or dog would be hesitant about wearing a novelty Santa hat.
Neil Rogers, from M&S Pet Insurance, which commissioned the research, said: “The results of our study show we’re willing to go the extra mile for our furry friends.
“Christmas is a time to treat the ones we love, and to show our family and friends how much they mean to us.
“It’s great to see that our pets, who bring us so much joy day-to-day, are included in this special time of the year.”
75% of respondents also considered their pet dog or cat a significant member of the family.
79% of pet owners get joy seeing their furry companions happy and living the best lives possible.
You can also expect a new bed, a nice collar, and toys for your pet this Christmas.
31 percent don’t have any pet insurance.
The top reason for not purchasing pet insurance is the perceived cost of the policy, while others feel they won’t need it.
15% feel it is too difficult for their pets to have coverage.
Separate research from the Association of British Insurers revealed the average veterinary bill, for any animal in 2021, cost £848.
The M&S Pet Insurance study found that, in the event of such a bill, just 51 per cent of pet owners would be in a comfortable position to pay it.
45 percent of pet owners have had to deal with an unexpected pet emergency at some point in their lives.
It also emerged the average pet family will have three unexpected vet bills on average over the course of their pet’s lifetime, totting up to £344.
Neil Rogers added: “Taking out insurance – and selecting a policy that’s right for you and your pet – can provide peace of mind for pet owners.
“This is especially worth considering at this time of year, when there are often more potential pet hazards around the home, like baubles, tinsel, chocolates, candy canes and more.”
Tips from Kirsty Cavill (Head Nurse at Vetfone) to keep your pet safe this Christmas
FESTIVE FOODS YOU SHOULD AVOID
Dogs and cats can be allergic to traditional Christmas treats such as mince pies, chocolate, and Christmas cake.
The same applies to presents under the tree that contain food. Even the best-behaved pet may be tempted to investigate.
Don’t let your pet drink the water from the base of the Christmas tree – Fertiliser in the soil means it could be harmful.
Real Christmas trees are well known for shedding their needles as soon as you bring them home, check your pet’s paws regularly to make sure no pesky pines have become stuck in there.
Many of the plants that we bring into our homes during this time of year can pose a problem for our pets.
Any poinsettia, holly, mistletoe and ivy should be kept out of your pet’s reach to ensure they aren’t tempted to take a closer look.
LOOK BUT DON’T TOUCH
Our pets are curious creatures who love to explore the world around them. They are often tempted to play in baubles and tinsel during the holiday season.
However, if they are ingested, they can cause blockages in your pet’s system and make them very sick. So be careful not to let them play with their paws.
Top festive treats to give your Brit pet
1. A new toy
2. Some new treats
3. Presents wrapped securely so that family members can open them.
4. Enjoy a night of cuddling up and watching a festive movie
5. Eating Christmas dinner as a family
6. A new bed
7. A new collar
8. Cooking a Christmas dinner that is special and animal-friendly for them
9. An advent calendar
10. A Christmas jumper
11. A new winter jacket for cold walks
12. A Christmas card
13. Pet-friendly tipple
14. A vacation to a pet-friendly destination
15. Take them to a Christmas dinner.
[Denial of responsibility! newsanyway.com is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – at newsanyway.com The content will be deleted within 24 hours.]