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 photos of our precious pets! 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 celebrate National Love Your Pet Day, 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 90% of pet owners say that owning a pet makes them feel happy and 88% feel that pet ownership improves their overall quality of life. 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
The PDSA 2020 Paw Report shows there’s an estimated population of 10.9 million pet cats, 10.1 million pet dogs and 1 million pet rabbits currently living in the UK. That’s a lot of love! In 2019 the pet cat population showed a fractional decrease, however stabalised in the 2020 report. The dog population on the other hand was up by 1 million between 2018 – 2019, but only increased fractionally by 200,000 in 2020. It will be interesting to see how the sudden tread to owing a pet during the year of COVID reflects in the new 2021 report when this is realised.
If you’re thinking of getting a pet, it’s interesting to note that out of the 10,000 people surveyed for the 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 £70 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 from our new and classic collections on the web store. 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.