Asda Money t/a Asda Financial Services Limited

May 07, 2013 01:00 ET

Asda Money Looks at the Rise of Multi-Pet Households

In 2012 almost half of all UK households had at least one pet.(1) Asda Money looks at the increase in multi-pet households.

LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - May 7, 2013) - Research suggests that despite the costs involved, an increasingly large number of pet owners are not restricted to having one household pet.1

Although many people may divide themselves into 'cat people' or 'dog people', a large number of households have both a cat and dog. Approximately 23% of UK households own at least one dog, making the canine population number around 8 million. 19% of households in the country own at least one cat, with a feline population also numbering about 8 million.

Introducing a new pet into a home can present a number of challenges for pet lovers, including adapting the animal to their new environment and getting them used to both their new human and animal playmates.

However, there are a number of ways that pet owners can help smooth this process, such as the tips below.

Helping your new pet to settle in

Make introductions slowly

Although dogs are sociable by nature, cats can tend to be more solitary, and both will need plenty of time to adjust to their new surroundings, and other pets.

The RSPCA recommends that new dogs should meet each other on neutral territory, such as going for a long walk together in a local park, before meeting at home.

For new cats it is suggested that they are put in a spare room for the first couple of days to give your home's existing cat the time to investigate the new arrival at their leisure.

Use scents to create familiarly

Scent is a powerful tool for pets to assess one another. Existing cats can be let into the spare room after a few days to familiarise themselves with your new cat's scent, and cat's should also be allowed to sniff around each other, and this can be supervised.

For new dogs you can gently stroke a soft-cloth on their heads to help pick up the scent, and dab this around your room in order two mix your pets scents3.

Protecting your pets

Asda Money figures show that 81% of all pet owners say that their pet is 'very important' to their family2.

As a result taking out multiple pet insurance may help to meet a number of costs, including veterinary costs, in the event that your beloved pet suffers and unexpected accident or illness.

Some insurers also offer multi-pet discounts, when insuring more than one cat or dog.

Notes to Editors

1. It is estimated that 48% of UK households have at least one pet. This is equivalent of 13 million households. http://www.pfma.org.uk/pet-population/

2. Asda Money eSurvey, June 2011, asking pet owners: 'How important is your pet(s) to you and your family?'

3. http://www.rspca.org.uk/ImageLocator/LocateAsset?asset=document&assetId=1232731405121&mode=prd and http://www.manchesterandsalfordrspca.org.uk/documents/Catintro.pdf

The results were:

  • Very important 81.07%
  • Quite important 14.29%
  • No opinion 3.57%
  • Not important 0.36%
  • Very unimportant 0.71%

About Asda Pet Insurance

  • 3 levels of pet insurance cover - Value, Standard and Superior
  • Pay monthly at no extra cost†
  • Pays up to £6,000 towards vet's bills for accident or illness with Superior cover pet insurance#
  • 10% discount when insuring 2 or more pets
  • Superior level cover 5 Star Defaqto rated

† 0% APR. Available to those aged 18 and over.

# Up to the sum insured. For continuous treatment payments must be up-to-date and your policy renewed. Superior cover only.

Asda Money is a trading name of Asda Financial Services Limited. Asda Financial Services and Asda Stores Limited are introducer appointed representatives of BDML Connect Limited who arrange and administer the policy. This pet insurance is underwritten by an insurer selected by BDML Connect Ltd and full details will be provided at the time of purchase and within the policy documents. BDML Connect Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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