Love Your Pet Day is yet another national day we’ve inherited from the states. But who doesn’t love a day where we can all unashamedly fill our social feeds full of adorable pet pics! Although we love our pets every day of the year, having a special day to show them off is certainly nothing to complain about.
On February 20th we celebrated National Love Your Pet Day. This is a day to embrace one special trait that makes us human, our love of our pets! According to the PDSA, over 50% of the UK population own a pet. Over 95% of pet owners say that owning a pet makes them feel happy. 87% feel that pet ownership makes them mentally happier. With such a massive impact our furry friends have on our lives, it’s only right that we treat them as part of the family.
PDSA POPULATION REPORT (POST COVID)
The PDSA 2021 Paw Report shows the below estimated populations of pets currently living in the UK:
> 10.7 million pet cats
> 9.6 million pet dogs
> 900,000 pet rabbits
In 2021 there was no significant increase in pet populations, despite 2 million pets being acquired since March 2020. 47% of these new pet owners surveyed say they have never owed that species of pet as an adult.
If you’re thinking of getting a pet, it’s interesting to note that out of the 10,000 people surveyed in an earlier PDSA report, 75% of pet owners estimated a lower amount than the minimum monthly cost for their type of pet. You would also expect a cat to cost less than a dog, however statistics show on average the minimum cost to keep a cat or a dog are both around the same amount per month, so it’s important to make sure this financial commitment is carefully considered before taking on pet ownership and the adorable pup or kitten winning your heart.
If you’d like to read more of the PDSA’S survey you can find it on this link.
Looking to Treat Your Pampered Pooch or Pussy Cat?
If you’re looking to spoil your pet, check out our range of luxury hampers and unique pet products. We have also launched our ‘create your own hamper’ – we know every pet is unique as we are, so this solution lets your customise your hamper to suit your pets exacting needs whilst saving you a trip to the shop, arriving perfectly packaged at your door. We’ll even throw in free delivery when quoting “LYPFREE” at checkout.
If you love pets but don’t have any, you could still get involved by calling by your local RSPCA or pet rescue centre and making a donation of food or treats. You could also look into how to volunteer to spend a little time at your local pet rescue centre walking one of the dogs there or giving a little bit of your time to the cats at the cattery.
We’re based in Preston, Lancashire and here’s a couple of links to our local dog and cat charities / homes who I’m sure would love your support on Love Your Pet Day.