We are a nation of pet-lovers, with the average family spending over £250 per year on presents and treats for our furry (and not so furry friends). The extent of this animal ‘husbandry’ is clear when looking at the gender split between present giving – with men buying valentines gifts and women buying anniversary gifts!
You might never think it to look at them, but the unassuming chinchilla is the animal most likely to be showered with affection in the form of presents. This comes despite the fact that they do not even rank in the top 10 of the UK’s favourite animals:
7. Guinea pig
Research was conducted by Capital One’s Credit cards marketing team during 2015, as well as being supplemented with UK pet food manufacturers association