National Pet Month

April 14th, 2022

Are you the owner of a dog or cat? Perhaps a fish, horse, or some sort of reptile is the pet you chose? Well, if your answer is yes to any of these, then the whole of April is celebration time! This month is dedicated to all our pets and the purpose of National Pet Month is to raise awareness of responsible pet ownership through educational campaigns and resources across various platforms. It reminds us of what it means to be a good and responsible pet parent.

Pets have become more important to us over the years and are considered members of our families. They provide us with unconditional love and companionship.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France, French Poet

But why are pets so important to us?

  • Pets can improve our mental health and can boost our mood
  • They can provide emotional support, can help to reduce stress, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Pets provide companionship
  • Help increase social activities
  • Give us a sense of purpose
  • Can improve our physical health
  • Pets have an impact on children’s development

What is responsible pet ownership?

Once you decide to own a pet, you should understand that you’re committing to caring for him for his entire life. Pets depend on us humans for their daily care so you should make sure you’ve considered your ability to care for your pet for however long his lifespan may be. Don’t forget to think about who’d be able to look after your pet if the day ever comes when you’re unable to. Our pets are not always perfect and you should be willing to invest time, effort, and money to work through any behavioural or health issues.

“My philosophy when it came to pets was much like that of having children: You got what you got, and you loved them unconditionally regardless of whatever their personalities or flaws turned out to be.”

– Gwen Cooper, Novelist

Did you know that the most popular pets in the UK are:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits
  • Tortoises and turtles
  • Hamsters and Guinea pigs
  • Indoor birds
  • Lizards and Snakes
  • Domestic fowl

Did you also know that the estimated number of dogs kept as pets in the UK is 12.5 million as of 2022? It’s not surprising and they are closely followed by cats.

Some of the most unusual pets which are allowed in the UK are:

Tarantulas, Octopuses, Marmoset Monkeys, Sugar Gliders, African Pygmies, Hedgehogs, Mexican Walking Fish, Capybaras, and the Giant African Land Snail.

What to do if you see an irresponsible pet owner?

If you see or suspect that a person may be mistreating an animal, whether this is physical violence, neglect, or any other form of cruelty, you should report this to the RSPCA’S cruelty line (open 7 am -10 pm, seven days a week). You can contact them on 0300 1234 999

Bea xx

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