Lockdown pets were a big pandemic trend, but unlike other Covid crazes—whether Joe Wicks workouts or sourdough bakes—they couldn’t be abandoned once lockdowns eased.
Not that we’d want to. During the first year of the pandemic, 3.2 million British households got a new pet,1 and those animals often contributed to our wellbeing. In return, we spoiled them by being at home constantly, with plenty of time for feeding, stroking and walking.
The bonds we forged with our lockdown pets were deep, but what now? There’s a steady shift towards hybrid work, where most of us split our days between home and the office. At the start of 2023, 28% of adult workers adopted the hybrid way of working,2 up from 13% a year earlier.3
Some pets can be taken to the office, but for those of us leaving them at home on our commuting days, it can be stressful wondering if they’re okay. Or, alternatively, wondering whether they’ve torn up the sofa or raided the fridge.