Old folk, incontinence, and pet dogs

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In my quest to find novel topics to present, I give you this survey from MyNavi News into old folks’ worries about incontinence, and pet dogs. Incontinent doggies is a topic for another survey… Note that I use “pet” as that what was in the survey, but it seems to have been dog owners only.

You might remember the news from a couple of years back when it was announced that adult nappies outsold children’s ones for the first time. This survey, though, ignores that matter and focuses on dogs.

The results for non-dog owners in Q7 seems overly pessimistic, although the answers might, I hope, have been cherry-picked to show only categories that has a big positive dog-owning effect.

Here’s a dog in a nappy, but from Hong Kong, it would seem.

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Majority bothered by their pet’s smell

How often do you notice pet smells? graph of japanese statisticsPet Soken, a pet insurance broker, recently conducted a survey into bothersome pet smells.

Demographics

Between the 12th of August and 8th of September 2015 1,487 users of the Pet Soken web site completed a private internet-based questionnaire. All respondents were pet owners, but no further demographics were presented.

My cats’ toilet smells, of course, but it’s mostly confined to their room, so it doesn’t bother me that much. I’ve tried various odour suppressants, but they didn’t do much good. We’ve also just got their winter furniture out of storage, and they stink, unfortunately of mold they have acquired over the summer, and I think the only countermeasure that will be effective will be chucking them in the bin – the carpets, not the kitties, of course!
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Pets and babies in Japan

After having your baby, did your feelings towards your pet change? graph of japanese statisticsPet Soken, a pet insurance arm of PETOFFICE, recently conducted a survey into pets and babies, in particular to see how parents allow them to interact.

Demographics

Between the 5th of June and the 2nd of July 2013 730 people completed a survey available on Pet Soken’s pages and requiring a Facebook login to prevent multiple answers. 64.0% of the sample were female, but no further demographic data was offered.

Not having a baby, I cannot answer from experience, although I would probably go for the not paying much attention to cleanliness or anything else. On the other hand, my wife would probably tick every box in Q2!
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Animal welfare: Pet problems

Is it necessary to euthanise 270,000 cats and dogs a year? graph of japanese statisticsThe Cabinet Office Japan released the results of a survey last month into animal welfare. Note that the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals mentioned later in the survey has an official English translation, if you’re interested in that.

Demographics

Between the 2nd and 12th of September 2010 3,000 people over the age of 20 chosen at random from resident registers were approached to complete a face-to-face questionnaire. 1,939 people were available and completed the survey, a response rate of 64.6%. 54.8% of the sample were male, 9.2% in their twenties, 16.1% in their thirties, 16.5% in their forties, 17.1% in their fifties, 21.2% in their sixties, and 19.9% aged seventy or older.

I remember as a child my brother (or it could have been me…) drawing a picture of what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he chose to be in charge of the euthanasia section of the local pound.

The Act on Welfare and Management of Animals is pretty tame; the average Japanese pet shop has cages stacked two or three high giving dogs little space to stand, let alone play. They get put on display after about six weeks, so don’t get weaned properly, and there are persistant rumours that if they get past their sell-by date of around five months or so, they get sent back to the breeder for “disposal”.
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Animal welfare: Keeping pets

Do you like or dislike keeping pets? graph of japanese statisticsThe Cabinet Office Japan released the results of a survey last month into animal welfare. Note that the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals mentioned later in the survey has an official English translation, if you’re interested in that.

Demographics

Between the 2nd and 12th of September 2010 3,000 people over the age of 20 chosen at random from resident registers were approached to complete a face-to-face questionnaire. 1,939 people were available and completed the survey, a response rate of 64.6%. 54.8% of the sample were male, 9.2% in their twenties, 16.1% in their thirties, 16.5% in their forties, 17.1% in their fifties, 21.2% in their sixties, and 19.9% aged seventy or older.

Comparing the answers for cats and dogs, I don’t really know why pet cats run twice the risk of getting their wedding tackle removed!
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It’s a dog’s death in Japan

Have you had a dead pet cremated by a pet funeral business? graph of japanese statisticsFollowing on from yesterday’s look (well, it was supposed to be yesterday’s but I forgot to press the “Publish” button!) at the life of a Japanese dog, this survey from iShare took a look at people’s opinions regarding pet funerals – any pet, not just dogs.

Demographics

Between the 5th and 8th of July 2010 480 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 54.6% of the sample were male, 28.1% in their twenties, 34.8% in their thirties, and 37.1% in their forties.

In Q3, the story was that a pet funeral business in Hanno city in Saitama prefecture, rather that giving Fido a proper send-off, they just fly-tipped him and hundreds of his buddies down a back road. In order to counteract this problem in the future, from 2012 the government will require pet funeral business to be registered.

Note that since Japan is nominally Buddhist especially in matters of death, cremation is also the prefered method for disposing of pets. If I had a dead pet, I’d just get the council round to take him away, but I’m sure my wife would have other ideas.
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Dogs, cats and goldfish most popular pets in Japan

Would you want to keep a pet in the future? graph of japanese statisticsThis recent survey from DIMSDRIVE Research into pets had interesting information regarding insurance, but sadly the number of pets per person were not reported, a figure that would have helped in understanding some of the numbers.

Demographics

Between the 11th and 26th of March 2009 10,501 members of the DIMSDRIVE monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was 50:50 male and female (one more female than male, but she was lost in rounding), 1.1% were in their teens, 13.1% in their twenties, 33.8% in their thirties, 30.6% in their forties, 14.7% in their fifties, and 6.7% aged sixty or older. Additional demographic information included 51.4% lived in a house, 33.5% in a flat, 12.7% in an apartment, and 2.4% in other accommodation.

I really don’t like pet shops in Japan at all; the cages on display are far too small, and they take the animals away from their mothers too early – about six weeks is the standard figure, while they are still cute enough to sell. I remember last year seeing one male kitten that was so desparate for mother’s milk that it had taken to sucking his own nipple, pulling out a lot of his own hair and leaving a big ugly raw-red mark on his chest.
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Hair everywhere biggest pet problem in Japan

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.
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Pets often end up as Japanese mobile wallpaper

American Shorthair Aria looking pensiveSorry for the rather boring headline, but since Nakamura ate my dog last week, I thought I’d better stay clear of any suggestive remarks regarding cat-owning young Japanese women and photographs of their… well, I hope you get the picture, so when you do, please forward it to me. Anyway, back at the survey, BlogCh and CLUB BBQ investigated pets.

Demographics

Between the 14th and 6th of May 2008 582 users of the free email forwarding service CLUB BBQ completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 51.9% of the sample was male, 15.5% in their twentes, 42.7% in their thirties, 31.9% in their forties, and 9.9% of other ages.

Pictured above is my lovely American Shorthair who is also my mobile phone wallpaper.

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

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Japanese, volunteering and pets

Have you ever taken part in volunteer activities? graph of japanese opiniongoo Research, in conjunction with the Yomiurin Shimbun, published the results of a survey conducted into youth and volunteering and pets. This is the second time there’s been a strange combining of topics by goo Research; last time it was love and comedy.

Demographics

Between the 24th and 26th of April 2007 550 members of goo Research’s online monitor panel completed a private questionnaire. There was an exactly 50:50 split between the sexes, and 35% of the respondents were students, 31% in full time employment, and 11% fulltime homemakers. The occupation (or lack thereof) of the remaining 23% was not reported.

Looking at the results, it is nice to see that a majority have some degree of interest in volunteer activities, with a large minority willing to take part in them. Through the union at work I occasionally see calls for volunteers for river bank clearing, etc and whilst I have an interest in that, I really do not want to do anything for the union as they do very little for me. Last year in fact they tried to get me to volunteer (there is an almost-obligatory volunteering system) to take part in a campaign to get people to vote.
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