Cats now number one pet choice


NEW research reveals that one in three women are choosing to share their home with a cat rather than a partner. With more young women than ever now choosing a single life and working hard at their career, the cat is seen as a lower maintenance choice of pet, providing excellent companionship with comparative ease of care. The ‘Bridget Jones’ figure may be set to abandon her search for the perfect man and choose to come home to a feline welcome instead.

Julie Owens, Head of Pet Insurance at Churchill, said: “With 3.3 million women now living alone in the UK and four out of five choosing to live in towns and cities, it’s easy to see why the cat is an increasingly popular choice of pet. Cats are generally seen as more independent animals, while their canine counterparts need regular walks and are not suitable to be left alone during the daytime. At the same time, cats can be very affectionate, and many women turn to their cat for comfort during difficult times or simply enjoy relaxing with their favourite pet.”


These female urban singletons are happy to spend £1.16 billion a year of their hard earned cash on their pet cats, according to Churchill’s figures. Julie Owens added: “A cat is by no means a cheap option for would-be pet owners. Proper feeding, accessories such as scratching posts and bedding, vets fees, holiday care and insurance can add up to a lifetime bill of over £13,000. However, in our experience, cat-lovers feel that this is a small price to pay to care for a pet that provides such companionship and affection.”

However, while the cat is surging ahead in the South and London, the dog remains top pet in the North. More than one in three Southerners has a cat, compared to only one in five Northerners. Churchill believes that this is consistent with lifestyles in London and the South with people much more likely to live alone in flats or apartments, and spending longer commuting to and from work.

A cat will hide for all sorts of reasons, whether it’s the sudden appearance of the cat carrier (indicating an upcoming car trip), or the frightening noise of the vacuum cleaner. Some cats do not feel sociable you have company visiting (human or animal).

Unless you are in a hurry to make that veterinarian appointment or to catch a flight, leave your cat alone for a little while. She will probably come out later when she’s feeling more sociable. However, seek out your cat if she misses the next meal or will not come out of her hiding place for a longer period of time-it could be an indication of illness.

The best way to find a hiding cat is to ask yourself this question: “If I were a cat, where would I hide?” Start with these favourite spots:

– Under the skirt flap of an upholstered chair

– In the fireplace

– Behind books

– Behind the bathtub

– Behind the ironing board

– In a drawer

– In a laundry basket

– Under the bed

– In a torn mattress lining

– Behind the drapes

– Behind an open door

– On top of the kitchen cupboards

– In the folds of a lumpy comforter

The amazing thing about a cat’s hiding place is often how small it will be. It’s amazing how even the largest of felines can squeeze into the tiniest of spaces when they feel there’s “danger” about. So, be creative when searching out a cat’s hiding space – they certainly were!


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