18 December 2017 - Janet Bird
Our furry friends can fare better than family and loved ones when it comes to Christmas presents, a new survey suggests.
In a study of 3,230 pet owners carried out by online marketplace OnBuy.com, an impressive 87 percent of respondents said they would be buying a Christmas present for their pet.
And 27 percent of those admitted they would be spending more on their pet's present than on their friends, while a further five percent admitted their furry friend would do better in the present stakes than their own father!
Thirty-five percent of those questioned said they intended to spend £20 to £30 on their animal - the average spend among respondents was £16.
A staggering 47 million pets were expected to be given Christmas gifts, adding up to an eye watering £750 million.
Thirty-five percent of the presents given will take the form of treats, 34 percent will be toys and 17 percent clothes.
Thirty-four percent of owners questioned said they would give their pet a stocking, while seven percent will even write a Christmas card for their animal. An overwhelming 83 percent of respondents will wrap up their pet's present and 76 percent of owners confirmed their furry friend would receive a Christmas dinner as well.