Saturday 1 October 2016

Majority of pet owners in Ireland feel like their cats “understand their emotions”

Published 12/08/2015 | 14:41

Model and cat lover Lynn Kelly was joined by feline friends today to help Whiskas reveal some interesting findings about Ireland’s cat lovers.
Model and cat lover Lynn Kelly was joined by feline friends today to help Whiskas reveal some interesting findings about Ireland’s cat lovers.
Ireland is a nation of cat lovers

When Irish people need a shoulder to cry on many look towards their pet cat as new research has shown that the majority of Irish feline owners feel their pet “understands their mood”.

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Researchers found that 77pc of Irish people who own cats feel that their pet can tell when they’re sad, joyous or angry, while more than 75pc believe their cat relieves stress.

The study, carried out by Whiskas in Ireland, found that 83pc of Irish people feel their cat is a great companion when love and friendship aren’t going their way.

Predictably, the study also revealed that 78pc of Irish cats join their families as adorable kittens but unfortunately, more than half are not getting the nutrients they need to be happy and healthy from their grub.

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At the same time, older Irish cats from the age of seven and up were also found to be lacking nutritionally which can impact their ability to fight illness and injury.

Vet Pete Wedderburn said:  “This new research shows that Ireland is becoming a nation of cat lovers and so the appetite is there to learn more about correct nutrition at meal times at each of the life stages. From kittens to senior cats it is important that cat owners are aware of how tailored cat nutrition can benefit pets at each life stage.

“Your job as a carer is varied but one of the most important roles you have is keeping your cat well-fed with an appropriate diet.”

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