There's no doubt about it – we're a nation of animal lovers. In fact, it's probably more accurate to say we're animal obsessed! Almost half (44%) of the population has a pet living in their homes, and Britain's favourite? You guessed it: dogs.
Almost a quarter (24%) of us have a canine companion and cats come second on the popular pets list, with 17% of us owning one.
Our pets are great company and heaps of fun. If you're just about to welcome one into its 'furever' home, here are some tips:
Your home is unlikely to be 100% cat or dog-friendly as it is; so, as well as stocking up on all the necessary supplies, here's what you need to do:
Keeping your home clutter-free is one thing, but when your furry friend arrives you'll have to up your cleaning duties, too. In particular:
Owning a pet is a big responsibility, but it's incredibly rewarding. If you're getting a puppy or kitten, accept that a few things are bound to go wrong along the way – you can't keep an eye on them 24/7. They'll mess up your house, they'll ruin one of your cherished belongings, and they'll gobble up something they're not supposed to but one look into their loving eyes will make sure you forgive them for anything.
At Hastings Direct, we know how important your home and its contents are to you. That's why we offer home insurance that covers you for the unexpected expense that theft, loss and damage can bring. Plus you can choose from a great range of optional extras.