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UK cat population 'on the rise'

Friday March 31st 2017

The UK cat population has risen by 500,000, according to an industry body, putting the estimated total at eight million.

According to new data from the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association, there has been an increase of more than 25% in the number of men owning felines.

The group said 12 million households in the UK (44%) now have a pet, owning 54 million fish and animals between them.

Looking to the future, over one third of households with youngsters said they would consider welcoming a small mammal into their home when selecting a pet.

Michael Bellingham, chief executive of the association, said owning a pet remains a rewarding experience.

He added: "It's wonderful to see that men are realising the huge benefits of pets, with an increase in cat ownership in this sector. Our research also showed 38% of families with children were considering a small mammal so it's good news for all pets."

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance.

Copyright Press Association 2017