LONDON, June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
A quarter of Britons regularly allow their pets to sleep in the same bed as a family member, according to research.
And almost one in six (16%) always shares the duvet with a furry bedtime companion.
The independent ICM poll of 2,003 people for John Lewis Insurance (http://www.johnlewis-insurance.com/) revealed that women are more likely than men to be battling for bed space with their pet (27% compared to 22% respectively).
Pets in Scotland are most likely to be sleeping on their owner's bed, with a whopping 37% of Scots admitting to sharing their bed space with their pooch or moggie, nearly double that of people in the Midlands or North England (both 20%).
Thousands of pet owners (4%) will also ensure their pet wears animal pyjamas - with those aged 25-34 twice as likely as the national average to ensure their pet has special night clothing to keep them warm while they sleep (9%).
John Brady, Head of Commercial at John Lewis Insurance, said: "Britons clearly love their cats and dogs so much, that they're increasingly willing to treat them as a member of the family and ensure they have a lifestyle they enjoy themselves. Taking out pet insurance can help give customers peace of mind and help manage any unexpected bills".
Other regional stats: - Pets sleeping in same bed as family member (%): South East = 27% Midlands = 20% North England =20% Wales & South West = 30% Scotland = 37% - Wear night clothing, such as pyjamas (%) South East = 7% Midlands = 6% North England = 2% Wales & South West = 1% Scotland = 2%
Research was carried out by ICM Research (http://www.icmresearch.com/) on behalf of John Lewis Home Insurance and surveyed 2,003 UK adults from 25-27 February 2011.
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SOURCE John Lewis Insurance