The most frequently asked questions are “why is my pet sick?” and “what should I feed my pet?” – but owners also want to know if their pet likes them
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The most likely topics pet owners will be looking for and reading about is “can my pet get it COVID-19?”, “Is my pet overweight?” and “can it eat cheese?”.
Other common problems are, “Should I leave the radio on for her?”, “Is my pet depressed?”, and “Why are they cranking so much wind?”.
And “does my pet like me?”, “do I need to brush my pet’s teeth?” and “what happens if I give my pet chocolate?” are also among the most frequently asked questions.
A study of 1,000 pet owners found that they typically search for pet-related answers three times a month and spend about an hour reading about their furry, scaled, or winged friend.
But one in ten spends three hours or more a month reading animal stories.
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The study, commissioned by digital subscription service Readly, found that the most popular topic to search or read about is their pet’s overall health, which is searched by 59% of owners.
Another 44% search for information about diet or nutrition, while 39% search because of unusual behavior.
Almost one in ten people look for answers about their pet’s sleeping habits more often than anything else.
Behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings said: “Whatever pet you have – from a terrier to a tarantula – you want the best for it.
“We see that over the last two years a tremendous amount of mental energy has been put into the welfare of our pet as more and more people live and work at home alongside their pet.
“Pets are at the heart of family life, so it’s only natural that people want to know more about their pets and be educated on how they can be the best owners possible. It’s like reading around a new baby.”
The study also found that 61% of respondents admit that the welfare of their pet is always at the back of their minds.
And 80% worry about their beloved companion when forced to be apart, while almost half said their pet is the last thing on their mind before they go to sleep.
In fact, six in 10 admitted they care more about their pet than their own well-being — and three-quarters would love nothing more than if their pet could talk to communicate their needs.
But 92% of pet owners believe they can tell right away if theirs is happy.
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And more than half (56%) believe owning a pet becomes easier and less worrying the longer you own it, according to the study conducted by OnePoll for Readly.
Jo Hemmings added: “As a behavioral scientist and ‘mother’ to beloved tomcat Louis, I am endlessly fascinated by his health, wellbeing and behavior. It’s a continuous learning curve.”
It also found that nine in ten think their pet is a member and a “big part” of the family – but 31% still fear theirs is lonely.
Four out of ten stress whether they are using the right food and 44% can’t stand the thought of their pet trying to tell them something they don’t understand.
Chris Crouchman, Head of Content at Readly, which has over 6,300 titles dedicated to providing inspiration and information for pet owners, said: “Interest in our pet category has skyrocketed in recent years.
“There are no stupid questions when it comes to your pet and, more often than not, other pet owners at some point would have searched and read the same question.
“Not only can pet owners use our platform to dive deep into the latest pet issues, but they can also read back issues to ensure they are as informed as possible when it comes to their beloved pet.”
THE TOP 30 QUESTIONS PEOPLE HAVE SEARCHED ABOUT THEIR PET:
- Why is my pet sick?
- What should I feed my pet?
- Is my pet overweight?
- Is my pet happy?
- How many treats should I give my pet per day?
- Is my pet bored?
- Is my pet getting enough exercise?
- How often should I feed my pet?
- How do I know if my pet is in pain?
- Why does my pet have diarrhea?
- How long can I leave my pet at home alone?
- Is my pet happy to get the same food every day?
- What does my pet do when I’m not around?
- Do I need to brush my pet’s teeth?
- Can my pet get Covid?
- Can my pet eat cheese?
- Is my pet depressed?
- Should I leave my pet radio on when I’m out?
- Does my pet like me?
- Why is my pet always hungry?
- Why is my pet shaking?
- Why is my pet biting me?
- Can I get Covid from my pet?
- Is it normal for my pet to defecate a lot?
- Will my pet die?
- What happens if I give my pet chocolate?
- How do I know if my pet has Covid?
- Why is my pet breaking so much wind?
- Does my pet think I’m their mom or dad?
- Is my pet jealous of my relationship with my partner?
https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/family/most-frequently-asked-pet-questions-26559328 The most likely questions pet owners will be looking for - including "Can my pet get Covid?"