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
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
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.