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UK under siege: Millions of homes under attack from pets

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

UK under siege: Millions of homes under attack from pets UK under siege: Millions of homes under attack from pets

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Around 5.2 million UK pet owners have seen their beloved animals cause chaos in their homes, new research has revealed.

Insurance provider Policy Expert found that 3.6 million dogs and 2.2 million (28%) cats have chomped, chewed, smashed and scratched their way through their owners’ household possessions.

Despite the atrocious carnage, pets are still the object of their owners’ affections, with 6.7 million (52%) of households actually going as far as treating their beasts to presents at Christmas or on birthdays.

Dogs top the list, with 4.5 million (50%) regularly lavished with gifts.

And owners seem to be getting something out of their generosity: 71% of people feel their home is safer from burglary because of their dog, while 75% believe their home is less likely to be broken into.

Adam Powell, head of operations at Policy Expert said: “We are truly a nation of pet lovers but, as every owner knows, the love we have for our animals comes with a cost from the likely damage caused to our homes."

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