Wherever your home is, in the UK or abroad, it’s worth noting that British dogs and cats have chewed through an incredible £358 million worth of gadgets in the past five years alone.

A picture of innocence? Clancarty would love to have got his paws on an iPhone or an iPad
A picture of innocence? Clancarty would love to have got his paws on an iPhone or an iPad

The reported figures show that the damage to phones, tablets and laptops was the highest in Europe. It’s not just chewing either, as it also emerged that around 14 per cent of UK homes have had some damage caused to their hand-held gadgets at the paws of their pets.

The total value of these items for Europe was around £1.5 billion, with Denmark having experienced only £10 million worth of damage over the five year period. In Britain, the issue relates to pets mistaking our high-tech equipment for chew toys. Other damage was caused by gadgets being knocked off furniture by curious paws and wagging tails; some by knocking over liquids and some gadgets being stepped on.

Valuable equipment

As experts in pet products, Direct Pet Foods takes a keen interest in news stories such as this. A spokesperson from the company made the following statement: “Having your cats and dogs chew away at your valuable hand-held equipment is not only an inconvenience, but could also be a serious danger to your pet. Dogs and cats are prone to boredom, just in the same way that humans are.

It is imperative that pets have chew toys to keep them distracted. You can even fill your toys with treats to keep your pets’ focus and attention while you are out. In the meantime, we recommend leaving valuables out of the way of curious canines and felines.”

www.directpetfoods.co.uk is a family run wholesaler of pet foods and accessories based in Essex. Stocking pet foods for a wide range of animals from domestic mammals and birds to horses, Direct Pet Foods has been providing animal feed since 1987. Since taking their business online in 2012 Direct Pet Foods now ships to the whole of England and Wales and the Scottish lowlands.