Thousands of homes in Britain chose to welcome a new furry family member during lockdown and we were very happy to see so many of them choose Bought By Many pet insurance.
And while we saw both cats and dogs join the Bought By Many family in high numbers, the popularity of cats surged compared with the same time last year.
This is great news for cat lovers, who can finally say they've got at least one victory over dogs in the age-old cats vs. dogs debate.
The number of felines that joined the Bought By Many pet insurance family increased 205% year-on-year outstripping dogs at 192%.
And although we had cat owners from all over the country choose our cover, the most cat-crazed seemed to be the residents of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
The town has seen the popularity of cats increase by more than thirteen times compared to the same period last year (1,350%) – 11 times more than the national average. This is closely followed by those in Wembley, North London (1,300%) and St Helen’s in Merseyside (1,300%).
Seventy-four percent of our newest cat parents are in their 20s, with an equal split of men and women. And this is compared to 42% of people in their 20s getting dogs.
Sarah James, Vet Nurse and Bought By Many’s Technical Claims Manager said:
“As dogs are generally more expensive pets, it’s normal for them to be insured more often than cats. However, the huge spike in sales clearly shows that they are now considered to be just as much a part of the family as our canine companions.
“Cats are extremely independent creatures and are fairly low maintenance. Whilst dogs require regular exercise, cats are quite happy entertaining themselves, but it’s important to schedule in regular play time so they can let off a bit of steam.
“Cats also provide great companionship, which has no doubt been much appreciated during these uncertain times.”