Half of Brits worried about leaving pets now offices are reopening, says study

Woman holding her dog with her face covered by the pooch, against a purple background
We have grown closer to our furry friends (Picture: Getty)

Our bonds with pets are stronger than ever.

With the pandemic forcing a lot of people to stay at home for most of the day, we have never felt closer to our beloved animals.

But a new study of 2,000 people has revealed that half of UK adults are worried about leaving their furry friends when they return to the office.

The research, carried out by Co-op Insurance, sheds light on the anxieties people have around the upcoming change of routine.

Two fifths of participants said they have spent more time with their pets over recent months than ever before and a similar percentage have spoiled their animals more – spending, on average, £25 per week.

As for concerns around leaving pets behind, young people in particular were worried the impact returning to work would have on their furry friends.

‘During lockdown, owners have spent more time with their pets than ever before,’ said Andrew Nevitt, head of products at Co-op.

‘It’s therefore no surprise that so many pet owners are concerned about the impact returning to the office will have on their pets.

‘It’s really important that pet owners do what they can to support this transition.

‘Those returning to the office need to take the necessary steps to make sure that their pets are gradually eased back into spending time alone.’

Make sure your pet is in good company. Pets get lonely and depressed just like people do when they spend too much time alone. Cats are generally better on their own, but dogs and especially puppies don’t do well left to their own devices for extended periods of time.

It seems pets have been playing their part over the past few months, too.

One study, carried out in June, revealed that four-legged friends have been helping owners who work from home by boosting morale and reducing stress.

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