Hair everywhere biggest pet problem in Japan

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Do you have a pet? graph of japanese statisticsMyVoice recently published their second survey into pet life, a rather too direct translation of the Japanese title of the survey. I also translated the results of their first look at pet life almost three years ago, for reference.

Demographics

Over the first five days of September 2008 15,293 members of the MyVoice internet community successfully completed a private online survey. 54% of the sample were female, 1% in their teens, 15% in their twenties, 36% in their thirties, 29% in their forties, and 19% in their fifties.

When I wrote about cat pee and poo recently one question that came up there too was about shedding hair. One of my readers, sasutan, was kind enough to highlight the FURminator as an effective means of reducing shedding. However, some investigation on the internet priced it at around 10,000 yen (US$100), but further investigation showed that an alternative, the ShedBuster is widely available in Japan at under a third of the price, and apparently even uses the identical metal brush head supplier as the FURminator. One especially nice bonus of these undercoat brushes is that unlike ordinary brushes they don’t cause huge clouds of hair, but instead almost all the hair clumps in the tines, so there’s fewer problems for those with cat allergies, and of course less dead hair also means less dandruff, the cause of most cat allegies, so it’s a win-win device.

Research results

Q1: Do you have a pet? (Sample size=15,293)

Yes35.8%
Used to, but not now (to end of survey)34.6%
Never had one (to end of survey)29.6%

Q2: What kinds of pet do you have? (Sample size=pet owners, multiple answer)

Cat28.8%
Fish27.3%
Small dog24.9%
Medium dog18.6%
Mammal other than cat or dog7.7%
Insect6.7%
Bird6.1%
Lizard, amphibian5.8%
Large dog4.5%
Other1.4%
No answer0.2%

Q3: About how much do you spend per month on your pet(s)? (Sample size=pet owners)

Under 1,000 yen25.6%
1,000 to 2,999 yen22.0%
3,000 to 4,999 yen20.1%
5,000 to 9,999 yen15.3%
10,000 to 19,999 yen7.4%
20,000 yen or more3.1%
Don’t know5.9%
No answer0.6%

Q4: What kinds of things do you spend money on for your pet? (Sample size=pet owners, multiple answer)

Food97.3%
Toilet-related items48.0%
Medical bills (including vaccination)29.9%
Grooming, cleaning23.6%
Filters13.0%
Trimming11.3%
Toys10.9%
Tank, case, cage10.4%
Water feature, sank, layout items9.8%
Pet clothes6.2%
Heat, light5.6%
Wood chips, under-cage items4.7%
Pet insurance3.4%
Pet-related books3.2%
Pet hotel2.8%
Training goods, services1.5%
Nursing goods0.6%
Other4.5%
Don’t know0.9%
No answer0.1%

Q5: Where do you buy your pet goods? (Sample size=pet owners, multiple answer)

Home centre (DIY superstore)66.7%
Pet shop37.2%
Supermarket20.1%
Online shop19.2%
Discount store16.2%
Pet hospital8.1%
Mail order5.6%
Convenience store1.7%
Other4.6%
Don’t buy pet goods myself3.9%
No answer0.7%

Q6: What kinds of problems do you experience keeping your pet? (Sample size=pet owners, multiple answer)

Shedding hair39.9%
Can’t go for long travel36.2%
Smell32.3%
Worried about how they feel about being left at home30.9%
Throwing out waste matter22.1%
Nervous about pet dieing, running away, etc21.8%
Howling, other noise16.2%
Stains, damage to floors, walls15.6%
The expense10.8%
Difficult, strenuous to train8.9%
Shampoo, other washing7.8%
Space for/in cage, kennel, tank, etc7.5%
Walkies7.1%
Bothersome to look after6.5%
How do dispose of a dead pet6.3%
Getting bitten, scratched, etc3.9%
Adjusting my lifecycle to fit my pet3.7%
Mess from food2.1%
Family opposition0.5%
Other2.6%
No particular problems15.7%
No answer0.3%
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