Cats are officially more popular than dogs according to a new UK pets survey

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While lockdown may have increased dog ownership, it seems that somehow cats have come out on top according to public opinion.

The surprising findings come courtesy of Pets at Home who found that dogs are less popular than cats with the population of the UK.

While we are certainly a nation of animal lovers, cats have narrowly pipped dogs to the post according to the new survey.

Famous cat lovers like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran can now rest easy in the knowledge that they are in the majority thanks to their preferred pets.

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Sales and adoptions of cats have soared higher than dogs in 2021.

About 7.5million cats are kept in households throughout the UK, compared with 6.1m dogs, according to the charity Cats Protection League.

The findings also suggested that, despite surges in puppy buying over lockdown, impulse purchases of pets is thankfully on the wane.

Lee Gibson, the pet company’s managing director, says this reflects a trend in more responsible pet buying.

“Encouragingly, fewer pets are also bought on impulse with only 6.6% stating that they spent less than a week researching which pet breed they wanted,’ Lee tells us.

‘However, there is still a knowledge gap and we urge all buyers to be responsible and do their research before committing to rehoming a pet.

‘We will continue to put efforts into educating our users, contributing to a safer space for pets and pet parents.’

He stressed that adoption of cats from animal shelters is always the preferable option for families looking to add a furry family member.

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