Let’s face it, we all love to treat our pets every once in a while. Whether it’s getting your dog that plush new squeaky toy or building an elaborate multi-tiered penthouse for the cat, it seems there’s nothing we Brits won’t do to pamper our furry friends.
And when it comes to food, it seems some of our nation’s pets are living in the lap of luxury and making the kitchen their own. We’ve crunched the numbers on Britain’s pet food spending to reveal just how well some of our beloved animals really eat!
Some pets eat better than their owners
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as stocking up on your favourite food and drink when you know you’ve kept within your monthly food budget, but what about your pet budget? Just how much of that remaining money goes towards packets of whiskers and boxes of dog treats? How many of our pets have their very own food cupboard?
You might be surprised to discover that almost one in ten Brits (9%) spend more on their pet’s food than they do on household food while a further one in eight Brits (12%) spend the same on pet food as they do on household food.
Yes, from the caviar of cat food to Michelin dog mix, some of our adorable animal companions are treated to more than the occasional banquet while we sit down for a Sunday Roast. And while we’re sneaking that naughty bit of chocolate, they’re nuzzling us for that next bowlful of treats.
With such a vast range of high-quality and healthy food options to choose from, it’s no wonder those who want to the best for their pets might spend a little extra to get that low-fat, gum-friendly turkey biscuit mix. Or maybe it’s just those puppy dog eyes and sympathetic purrs that tug our heartstrings while they curl around our legs during dinner.
Yet it’s not just the most extravagant packets of nibbles that our adored pets are chowing down on, plenty of pets are getting their own seat at the table.
How many pets get a home-cooked meal?
As a nation of pet lovers, it won’t come as a surprise to hear that as well as enjoying their own luxury food, it’s not uncommon for pets to get a taste for ours.
We’ve all been there, clearing up after dinner only to find our four-legged friend sneaking a lost pea that rolled besides their bed under the worktops or slinking out their cubby-hole to saunter across the worksurfaces and sniff what we’ve put in the sink.
Our research shows more than a quarter of Brits (27%) allow their pets to eat leftovers, and why not? The odd bit of chicken or end of the fish you couldn’t quite finish is a tasty delicacy. Just makes sure it’s not toxic for your furry friend and keep that bin locked safely under the sink.
With our pets always scampering by our sides it’s no wonder they get all the titbits. They even get their tongues on our kitchenware with one in six (15%) Brits letting their pets lick their plates clean. But who doesn’t like a bit of help with the washing up?
But above all, we all love a good home-cooked meal, and it seems our pets do too. According to our study, almost a quarter of Brits (24%) feed their animals home cooked food on a regular basis. Not only that, but one in ten (10%) Brits eat exactly the same meal as their pets!
That doesn’t mean they’re sharing in the delights stowed away in their pooch’s private cupboard. Instead, they’re part of a growing trend of pet owners sharing guides and recipes online designed to provide healthy meals that not only taste great but help us bond with our furry friends. It certainly makes the prep work more interesting, and you can even get dedicated food and water stations for your kitchen island or unit, making it easier for your pets to join in mealtimes.
Which UK cities spend the most on pet food?
So, with all those facts out the way, which Brits’ are most responsible for our pet’s lavished tastes and pampered lifestyles?
Well, after interviewing pet owners across the country, we can reveal that people in Liverpool spent the most on pet food each month with an average of £52! London takes a close second at £50 but it’s pet owners in Sheffield who show the most restraint, spending just £32 per month on their pet’s dinner.
It seems that on average, we Brit’s spend £43 our pet’s dinner. Far from there being a north-south divide, it appears that pet owners across the country enjoy splashing out on their pawed pals in equal measure.
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