Halloween despite many has already settled in many of our traditions. In all ways in Spain and in most countries of Christian tradition All Saints Day is celebrated, a holiday that serves to pay tribute to the loved ones we leave behind. Coinciding with these dates Wamiz, one of the leading portals of information on companion animals, has conducted a survey at European level about the duel before the loss of our animals. According to this study, animal owners in Spain have demonstrated with their responses to what extent animals play a fundamental role in their lives.
The 10,000 owners surveyed agree on something very important: losing a pet is as painful as losing a person. The 90% of the owners of cats and / or dogs ensures that the pain you feel when losing your animal The company is similar to losing a person in our environment. All countries agree on this point.
The owners accompany their animal throughout their lives and in their last breath, share their pain in social networks and keep memories of their pets beyond the photographs: toys, strands of hair or drawing their tracks. As if it were a human, we keep memories of our animals dear ones Wamiz data also shows that the 70% of Spanish owners keep ‘physical’ memories of their animals, compared to 90% of the French. Most of them decide to keep photos or a bit of their hair, but there are also those who keep their clothes, their badge, their bed, their mustaches, their necklace, their feeder, their brush, their fangs or their blanket. The best memory that some of the respondents have kept of their deceased animal is a puppy of your animal
Despite his love for animals, the 42% of Spaniards Respondents have recognized that it was so hard to lose their animal that they could not receive another. Thus, only 58% of respondents chose to have another animal after the death of the last. In fact, only 21% of Spaniards adopted or bought another animal without waiting, in the same month in which the last one died.
In the case of French, Polish, Italian and, above all, German owners, they are more discreet when it comes to making their mourning public on social networks. The Spaniards and the British are the Europeans who most share their pain in social networks. In fact, one in two decides to post a message to share their duel with the web community.
The data shows that two out of three French people incinerate their pets, either in a collective or individual incineration. Most of the British too (73%). However, both in Spain (65%) and in Poland (75%), Italy (61%) and Germany (53%) the owners decide to bury their pet. Animals are our loved ones, and their death affects us as such. The Poles, French, Italians, Germans, British and Spaniards agree that work leave due to the loss of a pet must exist. Of course, the percentages range from the highest, in the United Kingdom with 98% of positive answers to the question, to 60% in France.
Most Spaniards bury their pets in their yard or other places, either by choice or tradition. Less than 10% confess that it is because « they did not know what else to do or did not have the means to incinerate. »
Would they clone?
The survey shows that very few pet owners would want to clone their dead animals. Here, 10% of French and 33% of Poles occupy the extremes. Spain is closer to Polish thought, with a 30% of Spaniards who would like to have the opportunity to clone their pets. Finally, 50% of Poles and Spaniards would like to say goodbye to our four-legged friends in a ceremony or rite similar to that performed with humans. Italy is the country that least identifies with this possibility, with 38%. Perhaps, if people understood how intense and strong the link between a dog and its owner is, the pain it feels with its loss would be better understood. No wonder that one in two Spaniards surveyed still hurts to talk about their deceased animal. More than 80% also ensures that talking about the duel with people who do not own dogs or cats is more difficult.
Until their time comes we must make our pets participate in our celebrations (yes, without exaggeration and stridency). Costumes, treats, food with pumpkin and terrifyingly funny accessories have come to Spain to integrate our pets in the celebration of Halloween. Thus, Tiendanimal, has just presented its collection of products consistent with this celebration for our faithful friends. At this time, some of the most indicated to have fun with family and friends, it is increasingly common for pets – as members of the family – to acquire a growing participation in these events thanks to the emergence in the market of objects and food adapted to them especially to celebrate an event as particular as it is on the eve of All Saints’ Day, seconded by most of the Spanish society exported directly from the Anglo-Saxon culture. Like all of us, pets can now enjoy the most important experiences of this chilling day: from wigs adapted for them to beds and harnesses with skulls, through chocolate-flavored bones or terrifying aquarium decorations. All this accompanied, of course, by the family company to enjoy each other. It is no longer about dressing a dog with a shirt that has a fluorescent skeleton painted or places a cat on a harness with bat wings; It is the ability and intention to demonstrate the love of our animals as a family member, celebrating with them the most important social events as we do with the rest of our loved ones.