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Tenth of pets have Facebook profile

Wednesday, 13th July 2011

It appears that rather than playing with traditional items such as cat scratch posts and Kong dog toys, pets are turning to social networks.

New research commissioned by insurance firm PetPlan has revealed that one in ten pets in Britain now has a Facebook profile, while half of owners share pictures of their four-legged friends online, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Stephen Davies, a social media specialist, commented on the findings, explaining that the results are not that surprising.

He told the news provider: "As social networking plays an increasingly important role in our lives, it's only natural that our pets become part of the phenomenon too.

"We use sites like Facebook and Twitter as an extension of our real-world selves and when we think of our pets as part of the family we want them involved too."

One famous celeb whose pooch regularly updates fans on its day-to-day activities is tennis star Andy Murray's dog, Maggie.