A Complementary Relationship [04/06/2003]
A cat that got the cream used to be considered a pampered puss but with pet owners now spending more than £3.5 billion a year on their animals, it is perhaps no surprise that Cats Protection’s latest research has found that alternative health care for cats is a growing phenomenon for cat owners keen to give their feline friend the best!
Cat owners are showing the special place that their felines have in their affections by keeping their pets happy and healthy with the same treatments that they themselves benefit from. Owners are now more open to consulting a healer or a vet that practices alternative therapies to treat their felines’ behavioural and physical health problems. The survey found that homeopathy, Bach Flower Rescue Remedy and even reiki healing are all popular choices of treatment for cats from Glasgow to Truro.
Cats Protection, the UK’s oldest and largest feline welfare charity, has long since known how important our feline friends are to us. Cats are now the nation’s favourite pet with 4.5 million households in the UK owning 7.7 million cats, compared to 6.7 million dogs. As low maintenance animals, cats are an increasingly popular choice of pet for those with busy lifestyles and/or for those who live alone.
Findings from Cats Protection’s research , have also revealed some other interesting ways in which we are increasingly showing our love for our cats, according to charity Chief Executive, Derek Conway. "Not only are we using more alternative therapies on our feline friends, we are now more likely to recognise our cats’ musical tastes and even give our pets human names. It all goes to show what great company our cats are," he said.
Statistics released, show that cats have a soft spot for classical music (56%), closely followed by pop and rock music (42%) and easy listening.
And, you’re more likely to meet a furry Charlie, Harry or Lucy than a Tiddles, Fluffy or Smokey! Cats Protection found that nine out of the top 10 male cat names, and eight out of the top 10 female cat names, were human rather than a traditional cat name.