Christmas chaos: Four in five pet owners have their day dampened by naughty pets

12 December 2018

cat at christmas

  • Playful pets have pulled down the Christmas tree in a quarter of homes
  • A fifth have had to take their pet to the emergency vets over Christmas
  • The most mischievous pets live in London

Research from Co-op Insurance reveals that four fifths (83%) of pet owners have had their Christmas take a turn for the worse thanks to their troublesome pet.*

A third (33%) have had their Christmas decorations knocked over whilst a quarter (25%) have had their Christmas tree felled by their pets.

Peckish pets prove to put a downer on the day with one in every 16 (7%) owners admitting that their pet ate the most important part of Christmas dinner, the turkey.

Naughty pets

When comparing cats and dogs, cats prove to be the clumsiest with two fifths (40%) of cat owners having had their Christmas decorations knocked over and almost a third (31%) have even had their Christmas tree pulled down.

Hungry hounds are more likely to make a meal of Christmas with a fifth (20%) of dog owners having had their decorations devoured, a tenth (9%) have had their Christmas chocolates eaten and one in 16 (7%) have had a present nibbled. Although, surprisingly, mischievous moggies were more likely to have eaten some of the turkey.

The research also reveals that the UK’s most mischievous pets live in London. They’re more likely to have pulled down the Christmas tree and eaten decorations than pets in any other region.

This correlates with visits to the emergency vets with over half (58%) of pets in London having to have treatment over the festive period.

Nationally, a fifth (21%) of pet owners have had to make a trip to the vets over the Christmas period with a tenth (12%) having to visit the vets on Christmas Day.

David Hampson, Head of Co-op Pet Insurance, commented:

“It’s not only the owners that get excited in the run up to Christmas, our pets do as well. Undoubtedly, this time of the year is one of the most dangerous for our pets as homes are lined with Christmas decorations and festive nibbles.

“Homes become a 24 hour playground for mischievous pets so it’s important to keep this in mind to avoid any unwanted visits to the vets this Christmas.”


Notes to Editors

  • Research was conducted among 2,000 pet owners in November 2018 on behalf of the Co-op by Atomik Research.

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