What percentage of people in the UK own a pet?

What percentage of people in the UK own a pet?

It’s impossible to break the bond between a pet and its owner. Our furry friends seem to have an innate ability to instantly cheer us up when we see them. They make us laugh (not intentionally, of course), keep us company and, so says science, even help us to feel less stressed. It’s impossible to imagine life without them!

Whether you own a cat, dog, rabbit or any other pet, as an important member of your family, you’ll want to make sure they’re protected against unexpected mishaps with quality pet insurance.

Go Get It can retrieve pet insurance quotes from leading providers on your behalf with a quality policy that reflects the needs of you, your pet and your budget.


What percentage of people in the UK have a pet?

As proof of our animal-obsessed nation, just less than half (45%) of our population are proud pet owners.

This is according to Statista data from 2017/18, which reveals that the percentage of pet owners has increased by 5% since 2016.

The statistics portal also reveals that 90% of pet owners say their pet makes them feel happy, while 88% feel that they’ve improved their overall quality of life.


Pet… or partner!?

In 2018, Maguire Family Law spoke to 1,254 UK owners to find out more about their relationships with their pets.

The results highlighted the affection we feel towards our animals – just one third of respondents said they love their partner more than their pet!

A third also claimed to love their partner and pet the same amount, and get this: 15% admitted to loving their non-human friend more than their other half!

Owner laying down stroking cat in her arms

What is the most popular pet in the UK?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the beloved pooch is our nation’s favourite pet, with 26% of the population owning one. Not far behind canines are cats (18%), with rabbits finishing off the top three (2%). And after bunnies, the list looks like this:

  • Indoor birds (1%)
  • Guinea pigs (1%)
  • Hamsters (1%)
  • Tortoises/turtles (0.8%)
  • Lizards (0.5%)
  • Domestic fowl (0.4%)
  • Snakes (0.4%)
  • Horses/ponies (0.3%)
  • Rats (0.2%)
  • Ferrets (0.1%)
  • Gerbils (0.1%)
  • Insects (0.1%)
  • Pigeons (0.04%)
  • Frogs/toads (0.04%)
  • Mice (0.03%)


What about pet names?

Naming a pet is something some owners find simple, and others really struggle with. If you rescued a kitten or pup, you might have kept the name he or she came with.

Or you may have changed it to a name you’ve had in your head for years!

But, just how common is your pet’s name? Pets at Home recently carried out a survey among owners to uncover the top names for different types of pets. Smooth Radio shared the results:

Most popular dog names

  1. Bella
  2. Poppy
  3. Lola
  4. Alfie
  5. Charlie


Most popular cat names

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Milo
  4. Loki
  5. Gizmo


Most popular bird names

  1. Charlie
  2. Kirsty
  3. Ollie
  4. Bernard
  5. Basil


Popular names for small animals like bunnies and gerbils included Flopsy, Thumper, Luna and Cookie, while Spike, Luna, Echo and Athena were popular names owners gave pet reptiles.

 Small brown dog sitting on decking

How many pets are allowed in one household?

You can’t blame anyone for wanting more than one pet.

After all, two or three pets mean twice or three times the love and fun!

But it also means a lot more work, and you need to make sure both your home and lifestyle are set up to accommodate multiple pets.

There’s no law dictating how many pets you can have at home – and you might have a burning desire to take in rescue animals and help ease the pressure off shelters.

However, as Pets 4 Homes rightly points out, if you envision yourself keeping lots of pets, it’s vital you do so responsibly and don’t inadvertently end up creating problems for both yourself and the animals in question by trying to do a good thing.’

Pets at Home goes on to list some things you need to consider when working out how many pets you could have a home:


  • Are the cages/tanks/hutches big enough for the inhabitants, and are they suitable for all of their needs?
  • For cats or dogs, is there enough room for them to sleep, eat, create territories and live comfortably within your home without feeling confined or stressed?
  • Could you commit enough time to taking care of multiple pets and all their needs? This doesn’t just include time to feed, walk or clean out the animals, but also time spent bonding with them, enjoying their company and making sure they’re happy and comfortable.
  • Could you provide financially for all of your pets’ needs? Depending on the type of pets, there are so many costs to consider – including food, bedding, pet insurance, toys and accessories, worming/flea treatment, vaccinations, and kennels/cattery costs if you were to go on holiday.
  • If you live in rented or leased accommodation, have you checked that you’re allowed to keep multiple pets? There could be restrictions on the type or amount of pets you can have – and you wouldn’t want to find this out after you’ve brought the animals home.


Multi-pet insurance with Go Get It

If you’ve decided to welcome a new addition into your household, or you already have a number of pets, then get a multi pet insurance quote with dog insurance from as little as £4.63 per month, and cat policies from £3.49*.

Many insurance providers offer discounts for covering more than one animal with them.

Some of the benefits an insurance policy can include are:

  • No upper age limit
  • Puppy and kitten cover from 8 weeks old
  • Overseas travel cover
  • Emergency boarding
  • Dentistry
  • Complementary medicine


Find out more about the types of pet insurance policies and their benefits today – or get a quote and see how much you could save!


* 10% of customers achieved this price for Accident Only insurance based on www.gogetit.insure between August - October 2018

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