The secret life of our pets when we're not at home

The secret life of our pets when we're not at home

Stealing the neighbour’s Sunday dinner, flooding the kitchen and smashing an urn containing the ashes of a loved one. New research has found these are just some of the shenanigans our pets get up to the moment we go out the door.

They may well be one of the family but what do our pets get up to when no one’s looking? A study of 2,000 UK pet owners revealed the most extreme, funny and unbelievable secret actions of cats and dogs around the country.

One dog attempted a ‘great escape’ - managing to tunnel through the kitchen floorboards- spending two days under the house. And one woman returned home to find her cats had somehow flicked the tap on and were sat marooned on top of the washing machine with the entire kitchen flooded.

Meanwhile another greedy cat dragged a whole cooked chicken into the house through the cat flap – leaving the owners too embarrassed to find out which neighbour’s Sunday dinner had been stolen. Remarkably, another couple returned home to greet their overweight tomcat, only to find he was in fact a ‘she’ and had given birth to kittens whilst they were away.

There was also a university student whose dog really did eat her homework, while a pair of glasses, designer handbag and even a set of false teeth also made the menu for other canine companions. And one puppy ate his way through important vehicle registration documents and, ironically, a book called ‘Perfect Puppy’.

Other impish activities owners found their pets in the middle of included a cat playfully shredding a wad of cash left out by the owners and two dogs sat quietly on the sofa… watching a burglar rob the house.

These incredible insights into the world of Britain’s cats and dogs behind closed doors was commissioned by the Panasonic Smart Home monitoring system, which allows us to keep an eye on our beloved companions when we’re away from home.

But despite the surprises and sometimes chaos of our dear furry friends, the value they bring is obvious. In fact, the average owner enjoys over 16 hours of quality time with their pet per week. Meanwhile, just under half of respondents said they were less stressed because of their pet, as well as generally feeling less lonely and having more energy.

Many owners even rely on a pet psychologist as more than half ask their pets questions despite knowing they won’t get an answer, while one in four pet owners have spoken to their ‘relationship councillor’ about their partner, or commented on them while they are still in the room.

In return, 77 per cent of Britain’s pets are well and truly pampered- receiving £130 plus worth of goods and treats a year on average.

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