Luna And Bella Top List Of Most Popular Pet Names For 2020
We have spent more time than ever at home this year, and during these unprecedented times people have welcomed new furry companions into their lives.
Luna and Bella topped the list for top 20 cats names and dogs names, respectively.
For cats Luna, Bella and Poppy were the top three choices. For dogs, Bella, Poppy and Lola were the most popular.
Claire Gavin, Director of Innovation at Pets at Home, said: "Welcoming a new pet is incredibly special and deciding on a suitable name is a big decision.
"The companionship of our furry friends has been so important to many pet owners during lockdown and it's clear that those special moments have been a highlight in what has been a really tough year."
One man who has spent a lot of time in our homes this year - virtually, of course - is Boris Johnson, and he has seemingly had some impact on pet names too. Puppies and Kittens named Boris have increased 145 per cent in 2020.
Top 20 cat names in 2020
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Top 20 dog names in 2020
With more pets at home this year, leading charities have urged pet owners to prepare for Bonfire Night, which can be incredibly traumatic for pets..
A new study by the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) has revealed that 22 per cent of UK dog owners have a four-legged friend who is afraid of fireworks, suggesting around 2.2 million dogs could suffer this Bonfire Night.
Leading vet charity, PDSA, is warning that both the loud and disruptive fireworks, the large number of potentially affected dogs, and all the new owners who adopted a pet during lockdown, could leave the nation's pets suffering unnecessary distress and anxiety if owners don't act now.
PDSA Vet Lynne James said: "It's concerning that so many pets are suffering from severe stress and anxiety due to fireworks, and we fear this could be even worse this season."
The charity saw a 175 per cent increase in online searches for getting a dog in 2020, suggesting that the pandemic has resulted in a greater demand for pets while we spend more time at home. This means that there could be more new owners with little knowledge on how to prepare their pets for Bonfire Night.
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