Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA) chiefs say this means that the UK now has 17 million pet-owning homes, with the majority owning either a cat or a dog – or both.
There are now around 12million pet cats in the UK, with a whole range of breeds prized by feline fans.
Several studies have indicated that owning a pet has led to an improvement in mental health for people hit by Covid restrictions.
But some cats are more in demand than others, and due to inceased demand prices have soared over lockdown.
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