There are now 34 million pets in the UK including 12 million cats and 12 million dogs, 3.2 million small mammals such as guinea pigs and hamsters, 3 million birds and 1.5 million reptiles. There are also 5 million aquaria. This equates to 17 million households responsible for a pet’s welfare. Notably, over a third (38%) of new owners claimed that having a new pet was like having a new baby and almost a fifth (17%) of families with children admitted that training was more challenging than expected. Sadly, 5% have already had to give up a pet and this figure increased to 11% among families.PFMA
recent statistics, there are approximately 12 million pet dogs, 12 million cats and a further 10 million other domestic pets in UK households including indoor birds, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, reptiles such as lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises.
Each type of pet has its own recommended food and it’s important for pet owners to consider this depending on the pet. For example, a feed can comes as dry food (also known as kibble), tinned/canned, home-cooked, and raw (fruit, veg and meat).
Aside from the standard food products, there are treats and nutritional supplements that can be given to pets.