In Japan after the increase in the number of centenarians among the people and increased life expectancy of Pets – dogs and cats. Today it reached record levels of 13.2 and 11.9 years, respectively, writes Bloomberg with reference to data of experts of Tokyo University of agriculture and technology and setassociative small animals of Japan.
The reasons for this phenomenon scientists believe the increase in the number of vaccinated animals, to improve the quality of veterinary services, better quality food and increase the number of animals living in houses.
According to experts, given the low birth rate, increasing life expectancy in Japan and the increase in the number of people living alone, Pets are replacing residents with children, so Pets owners are willing to spend a significant amount.
This also explains the fact that today the number of Pets in Japan is exceeding the number of children. According to the study , Japanese Association of pet foods, in 2015 the country’s population of 19.8 million pet dogs and cats. At the same time government statistics was that at the same time, there were 15.9 million children under the age of 14.
According to the survey in 2010, Pets were approximately 34% of Japanese households. At the same time, despite the fact that the number of cases of mercy killings in the country in recent years is on the decline, according to data from the government, from March 2014 to March 2015 in the country were murdered over 100 thousand of cats and dogs.