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More cats and dogs have social network profiles

Thursday, 16th August 2012

An increasing number of pets are getting their own social network profiles, new research has found.

According to insurance company Petplan, there has been a 36 per cent increase in the number of pet owners creating social media pages for their animals.

Seven per cent of dogs now have a Facebook page, while four per cent of cats share information via the social networking website.

Francesca Keefe, Petplan social media executive, said: "We've long known that animals are the stars of the Internet, but in the last year since we started tracking pets' presence online there has been an explosion in 'pet pride'.

"Increasingly pet owners are giving their pets a more active role in their life and spreading the joy that having a pet can bring."

The Petplan study also found that 42 per cent of owners upload pictures of their pets to social networks, while 37 per cent post status updates for their animals.

One famous dog who has a vast social media presence is Maggie May, Andy Murry's pet dog. She currently has 13,625 followers on Twitter.