No house is a home without a pet – but this doesn’t mean pets cannot wreak havoc on said home! Good Move spoke with pet owners to determine the pets that are causing the most damage in their home – and here’s the naughty list!

  1. Moggie cat (9.3%)
  2. Labrador dog (8.0%)
  3. British Shorthair cat (6.3%)
  4. Border Collie dog (3.0%)
  5. Parrot (2.8%)
  6. Beagle dog (2.7%)
  7. Cocker Spaniel dog (2.6%)
  8. Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog (2.6%)
  9. English Springer Spaniel dog (2.4%)
  10. Bengal cat (2.3%)

Some of the pets caught in the act include…

Among the misdeeds pets got accused of by their owner are

  • Digging up flowers/grass in the garden (35%)
  • Ripping furnishings including sofas, chairs, and cushions (29%)
  • Urinating/pooing on furnishings including sofas, beds, and carpets (28%)
  • Scratching furnishings including doors and cabinets (28%)
  • Chewing their owner’s favourite shoes and clothes (26%)

Some owners even revealed that their furry friends had “ripped the wallpaper off walls, chewed wood panelling, and opened the kiddies’ Christmas presents” – as well as leaving the occasional rodent entrails on carpets!

Nima Ghasri, Director at Good Move, says, “It’s no secret that we all love our furry companions, but the little devils can cause damage to our household contents, as our research has revealed.

“If you’re looking to purchase one of the slightly ‘naughtier’ pet breeds, be sure to keep valuable items out of their way to ensure nothing gets damaged. A lot of the time, when a pet acts out, it’s usually because they’re bored.

“So, take them for a walk, or grab their favourite toy to play with. After all, you don’t want your brand-new sofa or freshly laid carpet to bear the brunt of their mischievous behaviour!”

Images by Good Move

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