UK’s pampered pets set for a bumper Christmas

Hounds get comfy for Christmas
Happy hounds

A recent poll by, the UK’s largest travel add-ons provider, confirms that Britain is a nation of pet lovers.

When asked whether or not they will be spoiling their pets this Christmas, almost two thirds of owners (63%) claim that they will be treating their family pets, either with presents (52%) or by cooking up their very own festive feast (11%).

And more than half (51%) of customers who have a pet, say that they plan their holidays around their beloved critters: 12% admit they have fewer holidays because of them; 37% work around the availability of pet sitters; and 2% choose only animal-friendly destinations.

For a significant number though, household beasts do not seriously affect their Christmas or holiday plans. Thirty-seven per cent of owners polled don’t have any seasonal treats in store for their pets and 49% send mutts and mogs to the kennel or cattery when going away.

Seamus McCauley, Editor-in-Chief at, commented: “I can totally understand our customers having such affection for their pets and wanting to treat them as part of the family at big occasions such as Christmas and holidays. My dog always used to get her own Christmas dinner when I was growing up and who wouldn’t take their cat on a plane if they could?” provides hassle-free extras for every holiday. To book, visit or call 0800 1313 777.


Notes to editors polled 1,311 customers, 432 of whom were pet owners, during November 2011.

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