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Spending Valentine’s Day with pets: How to do it right

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Are you spending Valentine's Day with your pet?

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According to a recent survey conducted by Wamiz, half of pet owners in the UK will be spending Valentine’s Day with their loved ones (of course, we mean their dogs and cats)!

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 14/02/2020, 15:16

But there’s a lot to think about if you’re planning to spend this special day with your furry friend. Here are a few tips to help you ensure that you make this day the most enjoyable possible for both you and your pet!

Keep your furry friends safe

For loving pet parents, fur babies are everything.

In fact, 39% of women and 26% of men who participated in our survey admitted that they prefer their pet to their partner.

So it’s simply logical that we’d want to keep them safe, no matter what.

This of course includes keeping any boxes of chocolates out of reach, but there are many more dangers to watch out for. For example, anything containing artificial sweeteners known as xylitol is also life-threatening for pets. So make sure your Valentine's Day candies are well out of reach too. Certain species of lilies can also be toxic and even fatal for cats. When selecting a floral arrangement to send to your loved one, stay clear of them!

Make sure any romantic candles you may have lit have been safely blown out before you leave a room, and that any gift wrapping paper or bows and ribbons have been thrown out before your pets can get their teeth on them.

Get your pet a Valentine’s Day gift

47% of people who participated in our survey said they would be purchasing a Valentine’s Day gift for their pet. So why not indulge and purchase a new comfortable bed or tasty treats for your pooch or kitty? You could even bring your dog to a pet store and let them pick out their own toy!

However, remember that for pets, the most enjoyable activity is spending time with you! So why not try to get home from work a little early so you can take your pet for a longer walk? In fact, this may even bring a little love in your life: 36% of people who answered our questions told us that they had made a romantic encounter thanks to their pet.

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Spread the love

Valentine’s Day is a day for love, whether this is with your significant other, your pet, your friend, or even a stranger! The important thing about this special day is to spread the love! So why not do something kind for someone? Maybe you and your pet could visit your elderly neighbour who is alone, or you could even sign your pet up for therapy training so that you can visit hospital patients in the future!

Alternatively, if you’re not a pet owner yet, this could be the perfect time to start thinking of adoption, whether you’re single or already in a relationship! Indeed, 78% of single people who responded to our survey said they find people with pets more attractive, and 72% of people in relationships said they believed their pets had made their relationship stronger. Whichever side concerns you, make sure that adding a pet to your family is a well-thought through decision.

Are you ready to adopt?

In the end, it’s all about making sure you and your pet are as happy as can be on this love-filled day. Wamiz wishes you a very Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️