Porky pets set to overindulge this Christmas

December 16, 2011
  • Turkey and all the trimmings are on the menu for 37% of household pets

New research from The Co-operative Pet Insurance has revealed that it won’t just be humans sitting down to enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner this year, with over a third of animal owners revealing their pampered pets will also be having a taste of the action.

Turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, gravy and all the other seasonal trimmings are normally the stuff of dreams for the household pet; however 37% of owners will be serving up this feast for them on December 25.

With the average Christmas dinner containing in excess of 900 calories, porky pooches and fattened felines are likely to join their owners for a snooze in front of the television after dinner, rather than take in a bracing walk. Tellingly 10% of pet owners have put their pet on a diet after Christmas in the past.

In addition to the turkey dinner, pets are likely to be tucking into a whole host of other treats, with the survey revealing animals’ buffet favourites:

Top 10 festive pet nibbles
1.        Cocktail sausages
2.        Crisps
3.        Chocolate
4.        Prawns
5.        Sandwiches
6.        Mince pies
7.        Nuts
8.        Chocolate tree decorations
9.        Christmas cake
10.      Cheese footballs


In addition to the gastronomic delights of Christmas, the survey has revealed that over half (57%) of pets will receive a present this year, worth an average of £12.99, whilst 10% of pets will be looking their best over the festive season with £29.71 being spent on grooming and, even, a new Christmas outfit.

Lee Mooney, Head of Pet Insurance at The Co-operative Insurance, said: “The results of the survey clearly show that the UK is a nation of pet lovers. Pets are increasingly seen as part of the family and, once again, we appear to be determined to show this at Christmas

“Pet owners will undoubtedly be spoiling their animals this Christmas with presents, grooming and even Christmas dinner this year. Whilst Christmas is a decadent time of year and pets are most definitely part of the family, feeding them a full Christmas dinner is probably not advised as pets have very different dietary and nutritional requirements to humans.

“It is worrying to see that pet owners are still allowing their pets to eat chocolate, as it is a fact that it can prove fatal to dogs.

“Ensuring pets get enough exercise over the Christmas period is extremely important to their health and shouldn’t be overlooked; an added bonus is that this will hopefully help owners keep any weight gain to a minimum too!”

The Co-operative Pet Insurance is available online at www.co-operativeinsurance.co.uk where it can be purchased at 25% discount or by calling 0800 294 1021.

Notes to Editors

For further information please contact
Jenna Moss
The Co-operative Banking Group Press Office
Tel: 0161 903 3831
Email : jenna.moss@cfs.coop
Twitter: @CoopBankingPR

* Survey conducted by OnePoll in December 2011, questioning 1,500 pet owners

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