Stealing the neighbour’s Sunday dinner, flooding the kitchen and smashing an urn containing the ashes of a loved one- new research provides a revealing insight into the secret world of Britain’s pets.
They may well be one of the family but what do our pets get up to when no one’s looking? A study of 2,000 UK pet owners revealed the most extreme, funny and unbelievable secret actions of cats and dogs around the country.
One dog attempted a ‘great escape’ - managing to tunnel through the kitchen floorboards- spending two days under the house.
And one woman returned home to find her cats had somehow flicked the tap on and were sat marooned on top of the washing machine with the entire kitchen flooded.
While another greedy cat dragged a whole cooked chicken into the house through the cat flap – with the owners too embarrassed to find out which neighbour’s Sunday dinner had been stolen.
Remarkably, another couple returned home to greet their overweight tomcat, only to find he was in fact a ‘she’ and had given birth to kittens whilst they were away.
There was also a university student whose dog really did eat her homework, while a pair of glasses, designer handbag and even a set of false teeth also made the menu for Britain’s canine companions.
The incredible insight into the shenanigans of Britain’s cats and dogs was commissioned by the Panasonic Smart Home monitoring system, which allows us to keep an eye on our beloved companions when we’re away from home.
Other strange surprises awaiting pet owners included many a pet being curiously the wrong side of a supposedly locked door, while several clever animals learned just how to open the fridge-and demolish the contents.
But despite the surprises and sometimes chaos of our dear furry friends, the value they bring is obvious – the average owner enjoys over 16 hours of quality time with their pet per week.
Panasonic Smart Home product manager Justin Burnell said: “Any dog or cat owner will tell you that there’s nothing better than the warm welcome they give you when coming in the front door but, just occasionally, there might also be a surprise of some kind.”
“Our pets bring so much to our daily lives and are a firm part of the family, but owners wonder - and often worry - about what it is their pets get up to when they’re not around.
“The results provide a revealing insight into some of the adventures (and antics!) they’re having when not under their owner’s watchful eyes.”
And we owe them a lot too - a quarter said they are at their happiest when spending time with their pet while a third even prefer being with their pet to being with friends.
Just under half of respondents said they were less stressed because of their pet, while boosts to avoiding loneliness and having more energy were common.
Many owners even rely on a pet psychologist- more than half ask their pets questions despite knowing they won’t get an answer, while one in four has spoken to their ‘relationship councillor’ about their partner, or commented on them while they are still in the room.
In return, 77 per cent of Britain’s pets are well and truly pampered- receiving £130+ worth of goods and treats a year on average.
While more than half celebrate their pet’s birthday, results showed.
Burnell added: “Whether they give us unlimited affection, an attentive ear, help us de-stress or make us feel more secure in our homes, our pets play a very important part in our lives.
“Supporting such hardworking pets is just one of the benefits of the Panasonic Smart Home monitoring system. Designed with the needs of a regular person, family or our furry friends firmly in mind, the system enables you to check on your home while you’re out and about, giving you peace of mind however busy your lifestyle.
“To reward the nation’s Very Important Pets, Panasonic Smart Home is giving owners the chance to win a host of well-deserved prizes for them and their VIP to enjoy.
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, enterprise solutions and device industries. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates 468 subsidiaries and 94 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.715 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2015. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic: http://www.panasonic.com/global.