Whether it’s a dog, a cat, a rabbit, a hamster, or a bird, keeping a pet is a wonderful experience.
More and more Italian families, couples and singles decide to adopt a pet and estimates point to something like fifty-nine million dogs, cats, fish, rodents, and birds being housed in the homes of Italy.
Of course estimates on the number of dogs in Italy are more accurate because they are the only pets that have to be registered in Italy so we know there are about seven million dogs kept as house pets. The regions with the highest number of dogs in the home are Piedmont, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna. Not to mention pet cats, who outnumber dogs at seven and a half million.
It is also estimated that nearly eight million Italian households are home to one pet or another, so the cost of basic necessities for animals has risen, but so has that of so-called luxuries.
Solutions for our four-legged friends have certainly become a must.
Luckily there is now no lack of pet-friendly accommodation all over Italy, with B&Bs, hotels and holiday homes that welcome small domestic animals.