The results of the third edition of the survey "getting to know pets’ owners better", conducted by the Ipsos polling institute and initiated by SantéVet, have been released. These results help to better understand how dog and cat owners view and care for their companion animals.
Here are some of the findings of the survey:
- More than 60% of dog owners and even more than 70% of cat owners indicate that their pets increase their well-being and soothe or reduce their stress
- The results of the survey confirm the central role of veterinarians in the preservation of this relationship between the owners and their animals.
- The veterinary follow-up of dogs remains higher than that of cats. Prevention actions such as external and internal parasite treatments (89% for dogs) as well as vaccination (84%) are the main acts of health performed. There is a significant increase in annual health checkups in dogs (63% in 2019 compared to 59% in 2016). There are less visits to the vet for cats, and less frequent vaccination. 64% of owners say they vaccinate their cat every year, compared to 84% of dog owners.
- A larger proportion of cat owners tend to consider their animal overweight (20% in 2019 compared to 15% in 2016). At the same time, 12% of dog owners consider their pets overweight.
- Dry food continue to be widely used by dog owners (82%) and cat owners (78%).
- According to this survey, 69% of dog owners bought their pet, compared to only 17% of cat owners, who found it more often (27%) or obtained free (55%).