Pets get edge on mothers-in-law in Christmas presents


One in five pet owners will spend more on the Christmas present for their pet than their mother-in-law, a survey by the British RSPCA shows.

Seven percent intend to spend more on their pet than their partner and 3 percent intend to spend more on their pet than their child.

Its survey shows that British animal lovers are expected to spend about £300 million pampering their pets this Christmas.

Nine out of ten owners (91 per cent) intend to buy their pet a present this year, with almost a fifth (18 per cent) admitting they will be spending more on their pet than their mother-in-law.

The poll of almost 900 pet owners revealed 54 per cent will be spending up to £10 on their pet’s present. However, some 3 per cent will be splurging more than £50.

The survey also revealed:

  • 55 per cent of pets will have a Christmas stocking.
  • A quarter of pets have an advent calendar.
  • One in ten pets will be watching the Queen’s speech.

Darren Parrish, who manages the RSPCA’s South Godstone Animal Centre in Surrey, said: “It’s lovely to hear that a vast majority of pet owners consider them to be part of the family and really include them in the Christmas celebrations.

“It goes to show we really are a nation of animal lovers with nine out ten owners buying their pet a pressie, a quarter having an advent calendar and more than half having a Christmas stocking.

“It’s amazing that animals lovers will be spending about £300 million on their pets this year – that would pay for Christmas dinner for our animals until the next millennium.”

About 4600 animals will be spending Christmas in British RSPCA centres this year.

Parrish said he intended to buy his two pet cats and two dogs Christmas presents this year, and encouraged animal lovers to treat the animals in his centre to a pet-friendly Christmas dinner, too.

“It would be wonderful if animal lovers could share a bit of their festive joy with some of the RSPCA’s 4600 animals spending Christmas in our centres this year.”

He said people might also consider adoption, if their circumstances allowed. “Who knows? Maybe you could be watching the Queen’s Speech with your RSPCA rescue pet next year.”

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