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Pets boost morale during coronavirus pandemic: study |

Some are even considering adopting another animal to keep their pet company when they return to work

SNWS – Three-quarters of Americans couldn’t have gotten through the quarantine without their pet,
according to new research.

The survey of 2,000 cat owners (57% of whom also have a dog) looked at the various benefits provided by our furry friends during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ways in which they helped us through.

Pets were found to provide comfort and help with feelings of anxiety: 57% said having a pet made them feel less alone, while 49% said it helped them feel less anxious.

Those weren’t the only benefits though — 41% said being with their pet gave them someone to talk to and 35% said their pet brought a feeling of positivity to their days.

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Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Royal Canin in advance of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day on Aug 22, the survey also found quarantine was an opportunity for respondents to learn more about their fourlegged friends.

Twothirds (66%) of cat owners surveyed learned or noticed something new about their pet, while 76% became closer to their pet as a result of the quarantine.

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Being coopedup indoors gave respondents time to uncover a new spot their pet enjoys hiding in (64%), notice a new behavior (57%) and discover a new food their pet likes (55%).

But our pets, like many of us, may be ready for things to return to normal: the survey found 73% of those surveyed said their cat seems to be ready for some space.

“Although many cats are enjoying the attention from their owners being at home, most cats are independent and do a good job of structuring their day themselves,” said Laura Pletz, DVM, Scientific Services Manager, Royal Canin.

“Owners should make gradual changes to help reduce stress and ease the transition back to normal’ life.”

With all the things our pets do for us — during quarantine and beyond — it’s no wonder that respondents want to return the favor.

Eightysix percent of respondents said they want to take care of their pet because their pet takes care of themand 84% said their cat is important to them, and therefore their health is important.

But when it comes to taking their cat to the vet, some respondents have misconceptions about the best practice.

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Many cats aren’t being taken in regularly: 6 in 10 said they only take their cat to the vet when they notice something is wrong, versus taking them for checkups.

Twentythree percent of those surveyed believe cats don’t need to be taken to the vet as often as dogs, while 24% don’t believe indoor cats need to be vaccinated.

And 35% mistakenly believe indoor cats don’t need to be taken to the vet as often as outdoor cats. 

In good news though, the survey found 66% plan to change how they care for their pet after COVID19.

And to thank them for all the things they did for us during this time, 36% plan to take their pet to the vet once quarantine ends to make sure they’re healthy.

“Regular veterinary visits ensure that cats are up todate on all vaccinations, heartworm prevention, and flea and tick prevention,” said Laura PletzDVM, Scientific Services Manager, Royal Canin.

“Annual vet visits for all cats are essential to maintaining health and wellbeing, but senior cats and those with chronic conditions should be seen more frequently.”

BENEFITS OF HAVING A PET DURING THE QUARANTINE

  • Helped them to feel less alone – 57%
  • Helped them to feel less anxious – 49%
  • Playing with their pet helped encourage them to move around my space – 47%
  • Gave them someone to talk to – 41%
  • Helped give them a schedule throughout the day – 39%
  • Brought a feeling of positivity into my day – 35%

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