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Dogs on Santa’s ‘nice’ list
3rd December 2018

By Karen Pickwick

New research by Mars Petcare UK and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has revealed that eight out of 10 dog owners in the UK are planning to put their pet at the top of their Christmas gift list this year.

With Christmas shopping season now well under way, Mars and Battersea teamed up to survey pet owners across the country to find out whether our spending habits will include treating our pets to a gift under the tree, too. The research comes as the two celebrate 10 years of partnership, marking the occasion with a partnership with Tesco to raise £100,000 for the charity this Christmas.

Unsurprisingly, the country’s reputation as a nation of pet lovers shone through in the survey’s findings, with 81% of the 498 UK dog owners questioned who celebrate Christmas revealing they would be treating their four-legged friend this festive season with a gift, and 40% planning to spend more than £10. Nearly a quarter of the survey’s participants (24%) plan to splash the cash even further by spending up to £20 on a Christmas treat.

When it comes to cats, however, it seems our feline family members don’t get the same treatment, with only 17% of cat owners who celebrate Christmas saying they would spend over £10 on their pet, compared with 31% who claimed they would be spending nothing.

ANIMAL LOVERS

Gosia Faras, corporate affairs director at Mars Petcare UK, said: “The UK is renowned for being a nation of animal lovers, so it’s no surprise that people want to treat their pets at Christmas. Pets really are part of the family, with 64% of owners wanting to include their pet in their seasonal celebrations. But it’s not just pet owners – at Christmas 21% of pet seasonal sales are bought by non-pet owners who want to treat the pets of family and friends.”

The new research also found that one of the most popular ways for owners to treat their pet at Christmas is with food from their Christmas meal, as nearly three quarters of respondents (72%) revealed they have given their dog turkey from their Christmas dinner.

Battersea Veterinary Surgeon, Claire Turner, says: “It’s great that people treat their pets so generously at this time of year, but it’s also important to remember that certain ‘human’ foods can pose a threat to their health. Dogs and cats alike are intolerant to many of our favourite festive foods. Alcohol, chocolate, onions and some cheeses are all part of a long list of things that can be toxic for dogs and cats, along with raisins, which we know are in many festive favourites like mince pies and Christmas cake. While titbits from the Christmas plate may have them licking their lips, we would always recommend giving your dog or cat a treat that’s been specifically designed for them, so you know it’s formulated for their needs.”

PARTNERSHIP

While the research shows that most dogs and cats across the country will be enjoying a treat before cosying up on the couch with a family this Christmas not all animals are so lucky. Mars Petcare UK has been working with Battersea since 2008, supplying all three of the charity’s centres with Pedigree and Whiskas main meals and treats, enabling Battersea to provide all animals in its care with a consistent diet.

Gosia said: “To celebrate the tenth year of partnership between Mars Petcare UK and Battersea, we’ve partnered with Tesco to help raise £100,000 for the much-loved animal charity this Christmas. The mechanic is simple: for every pack purchased from the Mars Petcare seasonal range in Tesco, we’ll donate 15p to Battersea to continue to support the fantastic work they do to eradicate pet homelessness by helping stray and abandoned pets find a new home.”