As a nation of pet lovers, here we look at pet welfare and the UK population of cats and dogs. Looking after your pet requires a great deal of responsibility. So we’ve put together some handy information on what you need to think about when caring for your pet.
The Pet Food Manufacturers Association regularly produce an Animal Well Being report, which helps to identify pet welfare needs and current issues. The animal welfare act places a legal duty of care on owners or keepers to look after their animals. This means that it is your direct responsibility to ensure that they are cared for appropriately.
As an owner or keeper you must provide for the following pet welfare needs:
You can find more information on this here, including tips and advice on how to care for your pets.
According to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) there are 9 million dogs and 8 million cats in the UK. A recent study by OnBuy.com using data from the PFMA looked into the percentage of cats and dogs owned as pets per region.
The region with the highest percentage of homes with dogs is Northern Ireland with a total of 35%. The North East of England is second, housing 33%. As dogs require a great deal of walking, this is not surprising, given the vast amount of outdoor space in these areas.
Looking at the other end of the scale, London accounted for the lowest percentage. Figures showed just 9% of households owning a dog, which is a significant difference. However, this may not come as a surprise due to the city having limited interior space, fewer private gardens and less green areas compared to other regions in the country.
In comparison, the region with the highest number of cats is Wales and the South West of England. Both areas saw figures of 22% respectively.
Scotland, the North East of England and London had the lowest percentage of cats with totals of just 14%. Whilst these figures are still considerably small, this is still higher than London’s 9% for dogs. It is noticeable that London quite clearly prefers cats over dogs as there is a 5% difference between the amount of cats compared with dogs in the city. Cats don’t require walking as we know, so there isn’t the same need for outdoor spaces and gardens. Many cats are also happy to remain as a house pet, enjoying the indoors.