TV Vet Scott Miller Reveals the Nation’s pet Regrets

Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance launches interactive tool to help dog and cat owners avoid pet regrets

  • More than half of cat and dog owners (51%) don’t research their pet’s breed
  • A fifth of pet owners have rehomed an animal
  • Sainsbury’s Bank launches a Pawfect Match tool to help future pet owners make informed decisions about cat and dog breeds
  • Sainsbury’s Bank now offers lifetime pet insurance for cats and dogs

Despite being a nation of animal lovers, new research from Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance found that more than a fifth (22%) of pet owners have regretted choosing their pet’s breed. Reasons for regret included that they didn’t have enough time to look after the animal (31%), they turned out to be allergic to the pet (18%) and because they didn’t like their pet’s personality (16%).

The study also reveals that more than half of cat and dog owners don’t research their pet’s breed before ownership and only 18% spent more than a week researching the right breed for their lifestyle. More than a fifth (22%) of pet owners have rehomed an animal and dog owners are more likely to regret their pup (26%) compared to cat owners (16%).

These stark statistics echo latest RSPCA figures as the charity rehomes over 40,000 pets in a year.

Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance has launched the Pawfect Match tool to enable future pet owners to make informed decisions when choosing the most suitable breed for them.  The tool enables dog and cat owners to research various breeds including how much exercise they will need, how excitable the animal is and how well they get on with children.

TV vet, Dr Scott Miller commented: “I am saddened to hear that so many pet owners are regretting the animals they have chosen as companions. Dogs and cats come in all shapes and sizes, and have different temperaments. Looking after a pet is a huge commitment so it is important that people undertake adequate research before buying a pet to ensure it is a happy experience for you and the animal.

“If a pet owner is struggling to look after their animal, I urge them to speak to a professional for advice. The Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance website also includes top tips for each dog and cat breed on how best to care for these incredible creatures.”

The study found half of people (50%) decided to get a pet for companionship and 38% because a pet can offer unconditional love. Some pet owners admitted getting a pet breed because it had either appeared in a film or a celebrity owns them (5%).

Jason King, Customer Director at Sainsbury’s Bank said:  “Britain is a nation of animal lovers and pets are part of the family.  We understand how important it is to undertake research before adopting or purchasing a pet, including what type of pet insurance is best suited to your dog or cat’s needs.  Sainsbury’s Bank pet insurance now offers lifeline cover for cats and dogs so that their owners can have peace of mind should anything happen to their four legged friends.”

Visit the Sainsbury’s Bank Pawfect Match tool to understand more about pet breeds and how to care for your pet.

Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance offers flexible insurance offers to cover your pet at home and abroad. 

We’ll double Nectar points on your Sainsbury’s shopping and fuel, plus an extra discount on your insurance just for being a Nectar member.

It also offers:

  • Online portal to manage your pet insurance policy
  • 24/7 helpline for professional veterinary advice with Vet Assistance
  • £1 per-pet, per-month discount on multi-pet policies
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