Christmas Day is about sitting down to a traditional dinner with the family and it seems many pet owners also want to share this experience with their cats, dogs and other furry friends! We looked into the kinds of festive food owners feed their pets and our survey* found that 38% of owners have given their animals various seasonal treats before, or will be doing so this year. Take a look at our infographic above to see which parts of Christmas Dinner owners have fed to their pets before, or will be sharing with them this year.

What’s on the menu?

We asked which particular traditional festive foods people will be giving to their pets this Christmas. Turkey was the most popular, with 83% feeding this to their animals, followed by pigs in blankets, with 48% planning to give this to their furry friends. We also found that 40% intend to feed their pets roast potatoes, 33% will give them Yorkshire puddings and 31% will serve them stuffing. Of the owners we asked, 27% said they would be feeding their pets a full Christmas dinner.

An age-old tradition

Which age group is most likely to give a full Christmas dinner to their pets this year? We had a look at our results to find out. Millenials seem to be most likely to give their furry friends a traditional festive feast, with 19% of 25 to 34 year olds saying they will do so this year. 7% of 45 to 54 year olds said that they intend to serve a seasonal meal with all the trimmings to their pets. Baby boomers seem to be the least likely to feed a full Christmas dinner to their animals this year, with only 2% of people over the age of 55 planning to do so.

Cats or dogs: Who gets the most roast?

While we asked a variety of pet owners about the kinds of traditional Christmas treats they would be giving to their pets, including owners of rabbits, horses, fish and birds, we had a look at the results for our favourite house pets: cats and dogs. According to our research, dogs are more likely to get a full Christmas dinner this year than cats. We found that 15.3% of dog owners intend to feed their pooches a full Christmas dinner on December 25th, compared to 11.2% of cat owners who said they’d serve this dish to their pets. So it looks like the pooches are in luck this year and their Christmas Day is going to be all gravy!

We understand that owners will want their furry friends to be involved in all aspects of their festive celebrations. Yet, when it comes to food, it’s just worth making sure that the food you give them is safe for them to eat.

Christmas can be a magical time and we all want to ensure things go well for pets and their owners alike. For extra peace of mind that your pets are covered over Christmas, you may wish to buy pet insurance. The Insurance Emporium’s lunar monthly Gold Lifetime cat and dog insurance includes cover for Holiday Cancellation for up to £1,750, which could come in handy if you’re planning to go away over the festive season. If you’d like to find out more, stop by The Insurance Emporium today!


*Statistics taken from a survey of 1,019 people, carried out by Censuswide on behalf of The Insurance Emporium (October 2017).

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