New research reveals that one in three women are choosing to
share their home with a cat rather than a partner.
With more young women than ever now choosing a single life and working
hard at their career, the cat is seen as a lower maintenance choice of
pet, providing excellent companionship with comparative ease of care. The
'Bridget Jones' figure may be set to abandon her search for the perfect
man and choose to come home to a feline welcome instead.
Julie Owens, Head of Pet Insurance at Churchill, said: "With 3.3 million
women now living alone in the UK and four out of five choosing to live in
towns and cities, it's easy to see why the cat is an increasingly popular
choice of pet. Cats are generally seen as more independent animals, while
their canine counterparts need regular walks and are not suitable to be
left alone during the daytime. At the same time, cats can be very
affectionate, and many women turn to their cat for comfort during
difficult times or simply enjoy relaxing with their favourite pet."
These female urban singletons are happy to spend £1.16 billion a year of
their hard earned cash on their pet cats, according to Churchill's
figures. Julie Owens added: "A cat is by no means a cheap option for
would-be pet owners. Proper feeding, accessories such as scratching posts
and bedding, vets fees, holiday care and insurance can add up to a
lifetime bill of over £13,000. However, in our experience, cat-lovers feel
that this is a small price to pay to care for a pet that provides such
companionship and affection."
However, while the cat is surging ahead in the South and London, the dog
remains top pet in the North. More than one in three Southerners has a
cat, compared to only one in five Northerners. Churchill believes that
this is consistent with lifestyles in London and the South with people
much more likely to live alone in flats or apartments, and spending longer
commuting to and from work.
Cost of a Cat (based on average life expectancy 13 years)
|Item ||Cost per year|
|Essential vet costs ||£92|
|Cattery (2 weeks) ||£161|
|Pet minders (long w/e) ||£48|
|Grooming (quarterly) ||£60|