41% of Londoners don't care about their pets
68% would be upset if they lost their phone
A survey from Carphone Warehouse reveals that those in the North East of England are the most callous about their animals; with the loss of their pet upsetting only 57 per cent, while 73 per cent of those living in the South West care most - must be all those retirees.
Quite why the rest of the population keeps pets isn't clear: some form of emotional attachment to the animals we keep around our houses is traditional; without it a pet is surely just a parasite.
But the purpose of the survey is to demonstrate how much people care about losing their mobile phone, and how much they would benefit from better insurance.
Forty per cent of Scots apparently wouldn't be upset if they did lose their phone - which might just mean they already have insurance, or that they know how cheap phones are to replace.
Those in the Midlands care most about losing their phones, but are almost equally emotional about losing their pets: 73 per cent and 72 per cent respectively, which suggests they are a more emotional people, but at least they care for their cats.
Re: Wet pussy
Just in case there's any doubt, I've no problem with this as a deterrent. Not least because Tab will quite happily take showers in the rain ...
Seriously though, you're not hurting the cat. Fine.
The test of a scientific theory...
...lies in its ability to predict future results.
Based on this study, if someone's dog ate his phone and ran away would he be expected to be more or less upset...?
Bloody Stupid, This
I'm a Londoner in a flat, and I love my cat because I think she and her little kitty friends are wonderful companions for all of humankind. Nothing to do with space or caring/feeding - they're just lovely, intelligent creatures. So if there's a fire, you know, say the gas leaks and someone lights up, it's the cat I'm going to dive for and not my phone, my computers, or anything else.
Oh, and to picky landowners: just be bloody glad a disciplined cat will cover its crap up for you. Discipline makes the cat owner the problem, not the cat. My Tab started out as an unidentifiable stray that no-one around seemed to have any connections with, so we took her in. She obviously didn't have much human exposure because training was hard work, and she was fairly fleet and wild. Of the two gardens my cat visits, only one's owner has taken exception by throwing stones (unfortunate really that we happen to have a security camera the council had no problem in believing). The other has a new feline friend. I'll gladly let any animal near to me as long as it doesn't hurt or harm anyone or anything. So if you've got a violent dog and it comes over here, then I make my complaint. Not until then, though, and I'd really expect the same of others. I wouldn't wish the loss of an animal on anyone, so shooting is something you do when kicking the animal up the arse doesn't have any effect. If you don't want a cat near you, get off your arse and plant repellant - it's not expensive, and they'll get the message. I don't take responsibility for other people's issues if their only complaint is that the cat is an intruder if it isn't doing any kind of damage or killing your animals. It shares this earth with you.