The UK is such a country of animal lovers that we would considering cancelling a holiday for our pets.
The Express reports that for the 46 per cent of households that have pets, the holiday season can actually be more stressful than exciting.
The annual holiday dilemma over who will look after their furry friends gives a lot of pet owners paws for thought about their holiday plans. Some pet owners have even admitted to missing their pets more than their partners.
According to new research by Pawshake, a website and app that allows pet owners to find trusted pet sitters, many Brits admit to keeping in touch with their pet when they are on holiday.
A whopping 87 per cent of owners find out about their pets wellbeing when they are on holiday. More than a quarter of pet owners admitting that they like to directly speak to their pet while on holiday, choosing to do so via phone, Skype or even FaceTime.
The increase in luxury cat hotels throughout the UK seems to support this research, with some posh catteries installing special cat-cams for one-on-one time for pet owners.
And some pet owners consider going to even further extremes when they’re away and might opt to stay at home. Our pets are so integral to family life that an astonishing 82 per of pet owners admit they have gone as far as considering cancelling their holidays having failed to find a reliable option for their cuddly companion.
Whether you opt for a friend to cat-sit or choose your local kennels or cattery, pet owners need to know that their pusses and pooches are being taken care of with regular play-time and cuddles.
It’s definitely a dog’s day for some relationships as perhaps the most revealing statistic is that a third of pet owners admit to missing their pet more than their partner when they travel without them.
For some families, especially those with more than one pet, the cost of kennels can be as high as £50 per day, adding another £300 per week to the price of a holiday. These cost factor, as well as our love for our four-legged friends, may have also influenced the increase in staycations.
Staying in the country often means that pampered pooches can takes trips to the beach with the family (minus the ice cream).
With surges in bookings in caravan holiday and a 550 per cent increase in holiday bookings to Cornwall, it seems that pet lovers are making sure that their pets get a bit of a break from sofa naps and stick chasing.
(Story source: The Express – October 2016)