Animal welfare: Keeping pets

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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!

Research results

Q1: Do you like or dislike keeping pets? (Sample size=1,939)

Love it23.4%
Like it49.1%
Dislike it21.8%
Hate it3.3%
Don’t know2.4%

Q2: Do you keep a pet at home? (Sample size=1,939)

Yes (to SQ1)34.3%
No (to SQ2)65.7%

Q2SQ1: What kinds of pet do you have? (Sample size=666, multiple answer)

Dog (to Dog1 onwards)58.6%
Cat (to Cat1 onwards)30.9%
Fish19.4%
Bird5.7%
Insect3.6%
Rabbit3.3%
Rodent2.7%
Reptile2.6%
Amphibian1.8%
Other mammal1.1%
Other non-mammal0.2%
Don’t know

Q2Dog1: Do your dogs have collars, microchips, or other ways to mark them as having an owner? (Sample size=390)

Yes, all dogs have them (to Dog2 and Dog4)33.8%
Yes, some dogs have them (to Dog2, Dog3, and Dog4)2.1%
No (to Dog3 and Dog4)64.1%
Don’t know (to Dog4)

Q2Dog2: How are they marked as having an owner? (Sample size=140, multiple answer)

Collars73.6%
Name tags25.7%
Microchips12.1%
Other2.1%

Q2Dog3: Why aren’t your dogs marked as having an owner? (Sample size=258, multiple answer)

Don’t see the need for them71.7%
Too much bother12.0%
Dogs don’t like it, seems cruel8.1%
Costs money2.7%
Other8.1%
Don’t know4.3%

Q2Dog4: Have your dogs been neutered? (Sample size=390)

Yes, all dogs have been30.8%
Yes, some dogs have been (to Dog5)5.1%
No (to Dog5)62.3%
Don’t know1.8%

Q2Dog5: Why haven’t your dogs been neutered? (Sample size=390)

Best to leave them as nature intended39.9%
Don’t think the operation is necessary39.2%
It’s cruel on the dogs14.1%
They are still puppies11.0%
I want them to have puppies10.6%
Operation cost is expensive4.6%
Too much bother4.2%
Other2.3%
Don’t know1.1%

Q2Cat1: Do your cats have collars, microchips, or other ways to mark them as having an owner? (Sample size=206)

Yes, all cats have them (to Cat2 and Cat4)17.5%
Yes, some cats have them (to Cat2, Cat3, and Cat4)2.9%
No (to Cat3 and Cat4)79.6%
Don’t know (to Cat4)

Q2Cat2: How are they marked as having an owner? (Sample size=42, multiple answer)

Collars78.6%
Name tags33.3%
Microchips7.1%
Other

Q2Cat3: Why aren’t your cats marked as having an owner? (Sample size=170, multiple answer)

Don’t see the need for them72.4%
Cats don’t like it, seems cruel17.9%
Too much bother8.2%
Costs money2.9%
Other3.5%
Don’t know2.4%

Q2Cat4: Have your cats been neutered? (Sample size=206)

Yes, all cats have been72.3%
Yes, some cats have been (to Cat5)3.9%
No (to Cat5)22.3%
Don’t know1.5%

Q2Cat5: Why haven’t your cats been neutered? (Sample size=54)

Don’t think the operation is necessary37.0%
Best to leave them as nature intended29.6%
They are still kittens25.9%
Operation cost is expensive18.5%
It’s cruel on the cats9.3%
Too much bother5.6%
I want them to have kittens1.9%
Other5.6%
Don’t know

Q2SQ2: Why don’t you have a pet? (Sample size=1,273, multiple answer)

Can’t look after it properly46.2%
Tough to part when it dies37.0%
Live in apartment, etc that forbids pets25.2%
Worried that barking, smells, etc will bother the neighbours18.2%
Home, garden is messy13.6%
Expensive10.4%
Don’t like animals10.2%
Home, garden is small6.8%
Can get diseases from them6.8%
Family are opposed6.5%
Other2.3%
No particular reason2.7%
Don’t know1.7%
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