A recent survey from the PFMA, pet food manufacturers' association, exposed the UK as a nation of budding cat lovers. In particular, it was found that men are the ones fueling the huge increase in cat ownership, reports the BBC.
The research took a sample of 8000 households from all across the nation, and estimated the total number of pets in the UK to be 54 million, meaning that around 44% of all households are home to an animal companion.
Unsurprisingly, the most common continues to be indoor fish, accounting for 33 million pets, followed by outdoor fish, dogs, and then with only 5 million less, cats.
Between 2016 and 2017, approximately one million more men decided to become cat parents, a remarkable 25% increase from the previous year.
Sam Sahota, a young man who recently adopted three new kittens, explained to the BBC:
I had always been a dog man, but when my colleague found a box with three kittens inside, my natural instinct was to save them from certain death.
Source: Sam Sahota
He had to nurse the fragile animals back to health, and has since completely fallen in love with them.
Researchers suggest that this rising trend could be down to the online popularity of cats, particularly with male celebrities. Famous names such as Ed Sheeran, Ian Somerhalder and Russell Brand are all keen to update their online fans about their feline friends.
Sheeran has even made a Twitter account for his newly adopted kitten, Graham.
To all the new followers, you are following a kitten. I'm proud of you
— Graham The Kitten (@GrahamShizza) 2 avril 2014
This increase in cat ownership benefits both parties, and the chief executive of PFMA told the BBC:
Pet ownership is a rewarding experience for everyone. It's wonderful to see that men are realizing the huge benefits of pets with an increase in cat ownership in this sector.
Men are able to profit from their great companionship, and more cats are being adopted from shelters and going on to forever homes.
Whilst the UK is, for now, a nation of dog lovers, these new figures suggest that a feline future could be on the horizon.
Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, either due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Consider adopting before you shop, and visit your local shelters before going to a breeder. Every dog and cat deserves a fair chance at a forever home.
Cover Image: Instagram/@ronnie_andreggie
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