Kids care about
their pets more than their siblings
referred to as a nation of animal lovers and now a new study shows that
our love of all things furry is firmly being passed on to our kids with
a poll of children revealing they care more about their pets than they
do about their brothers and sisters and their friends.
Over 70% of
the children surveyed have a pet, with cats and dogs and goldfish the
most likely animals to be found in British homes, but snakes, lizards,
frogs and sheep are also getting pampered by their youthful in homes
around the UK.
asked what animal they would most like to have, dog’s were a clear
winner, followed by followed by rabbits, hamsters and cats.
But it’s not
just their own animals that British children care about with. Our fauna
also looks to be in good hands for the future with over 90% of kids
saying they are concerned about wildlife.
knowledge of what can be found in our backyards is also excellent with
the majority saying they would recognise a robin, pigeon, blackbird,
magpie, blue tit and a sparrow if they saw one frolicking outside.
Over 90% say
they have visited a farm and more than 70% a wildlife sanctuary.
Nearly half of
the 7-15 year olds surveyed by Wilkinson Petcare have helped an injured
animal, while a quarter have fed a wild hedgehog.
Tips for Pet Care:
1. Pay your pet attention.
Pets need love and affection as much as people
2. Exercise – The more
exercise the better prevention of your pet becoming overweight
3. Visit a vet regularly to
maintain your pets health
4. Get your pet Vaccinations.
This will prevent them from catching any diseases that could affect
5. Give your pet a
comfortable and spacious home/bed – This is where they will sleep and
get the rest they need so it needs to be somewhere they want to go
6. Go to a Vet to check you
are feeding your pet the right food for them. I.e. the food you give
your dog depends on the breed of the dog you have, so it is vital you
7. Allow your pet to adapt to
its new environment and dogs/cats/horses allow to interact with other
animals at an early stage in order for them to know how to react in
social situations properly.
8. Watch your pets teeth, bad
breath could mean digestive problems
9. Give your pet toys, your
pets need to have something to interest them as you cannot be their 24/7
10. Clean and groom your pet
regularly, this will maintain their health and help prevent catching
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