A survey of pet ownership by the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association found that 23% of households in the UK owned a dog and 17% a cat. In London cats win the pet rivalry contest with 13% of households compared to 10% that have a dog.
The PFMA carry out the survey every year. This year they spoke to 8,323 people, 1291 of them in London. London has the lowest proportion of pet ownership of any region of the UK, likley due to the lifestyle of the urban population and the lack of gardens for many.
Ownership level of some animials in the London sample group were too samll to be quantified and therefore are registered as zero. This does not suggest that nobody in London owns a hamster or a caged bird.
London came closest to the national average in keeping fish. Nationally 8% of households have a fish tank indoors compared to 6% in London, according to the survey. And 3% of London households have a pond in the garden compared to 5% nationally.
According to the PFMA there are 58 million pets in the UK. That’s nearly as many as there are people. 46% of households have a pet.
The nation’s dog lovers live in Northern Ireland, where 41% of households have a dog, followed by 37% in the North East of England. The East of England and the South West are the country’s leading lovers of cats.