Pets across the UK are helping their owners deal with the current stressful situation, according to new research from the .
The study, which polled 2,000 people, asked the public how much they rely on pets to keep them calm, but also if their cuteness can become a distraction when they need to focus on other tasks, such as working from home.
The research shows that a pet can be the ideal companion during any period of stress, with 87% of pet-owners agreeing their presence helps them destress during difficult moments.
Only 2% of stated their pets were not a calming influence.
Dennis Relojo-Howell, founder of psychology website, said: “Research have shown that pets, especially dogs and cats, can help us adapt to stressful events.
“Take for instance, the current crisis that we’re going through – if you have a pet, this can provide you with an opportunity to relax and calm your mind. Our interactions with our pets can soften the effects of adverse events and can decrease our stress.”