A new study conducted by Boomerang Africa, the TV channel showcasing popular animal characters like Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry, looks at the role pets and animals play in family life.

Conducted in six countries, including South Africa, France, Italy, Sweden, Turkey and the UK, the study revealed some fascinating South African pet statistics.

The results showed that 72% of South African families said that they laughed at least once a day because of something their pet does. The reasons for laughter? Simple normal animal antics, such as licking or chasing, hiding and jumping, and pets that showed human-like behaviour.

The survey revealed that kids in South Africa do the most pet-related chores compared to other countries. 67% of SA kids also said they consider their pet to be their best friend, so it’s no wonder they are the most likely to not only play with their pets, but also clean up after and exercise them. A comforting statistic for parents, as their most common reason given for getting a family pet was to teach their children about responsibility – to heart parents it seems to be working!

41% of parents also said getting a pet had brought their family closer together, with 25% saying they felt having a pet had made their family members more considerate and caring. 44% even credit having a pet with reducing their stress levels.

It also seems the ‘petsie’ is here to stay – 80% of participants admitted that they take a photo or video of their pet at least once a week.

And the most common pet in SA? 89% are dogs, followed by cats, fish and birds across both urban and rural South Africa.

Jaime Ondarza, senior vice president Southern Europe and Africa says: “This study is a sweet little reminder that it’s the small things that can really bring families together through laughter and happiness. We are really proud to say that we are the TV incarnation of just that – a channel where families can sit together, smile, laugh and learn whilst having fun!”

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