Dogs and cats remain the top pets in the U.K., a position they have held for many years, with dogs currently in the top spot. However, many people find that modern lifestyles make it difficult to commit to a dog or cat. Longer working hours, living alone, and smaller, often shared or rented homes all cut down on the time we can spend on our pets, and the facilities we have for looking after them.
Dogs need regular exercise, usually several times a day, which can be hard to fit around a busy working life. Cats are happiest if they can go outdoors, but busy, urban streets or upper floor flats make this difficult. Small pets, like hamsters and mice, caged birds, or tanks of fish have always provided an alternative to cats and dogs, but many of us would like a larger animal we can cuddle and play with.