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Pets company preferred over partner’s during lockdown!

Pets company preferred over partner’s during lockdown!

Thanks to all those of you who took part in our recent survey - the results are in and we can reveal that more than half of you confessed that you preferred the company of your four-legged friends to that of your significant other during lockdown!

We were inundated with hundreds of hilarious, honest responses, with some of our favourite including: “They don’t answer back or mess the house up!”, “my dog is less opinionated!” and “I can talk as much or as little as I want to my cat without any reply (judgement or opinion) and it is wonderful!”

Two thirds of your pets had a positive impact on your mental health during lockdown; by helping to reduce stress and anxiety levels, and encouraging you to stick to a regular routine including taking daily walks.

The additional time spent at home was a great bonding experience for more than half of you who bonded more than expected during lockdown. Were you one of the pet owners who used it as an opportunity to invest in training, more play and teaching your doggo new tricks?

When it comes to noticeable changes in behaviour, two thirds said your pets became more affectionate in lockdown. Other changes included increased appetite and sleeping more than usual.

There were tales of hilarious interruptions whilst working from home, including barking, jumping, snoring and toilet accidents during conference calls. One owner revealed that her cat: “Loves to put her chin on the keyboard and press send early!” whilst another said his dog has found a new way to get his attention by “Passing wind during my conference calls.”

Despite the embarrassing disruptions,80 percent of pet parents admitted you are worried about leaving your pets when you return to work.

If you are anxious about leaving your pet, have a read of our recent blog by pet behaviourist expert Rosie Barclay, who’s shared her tips for easing your furry friends back into a routine post-lockdown.

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