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One of the entries to Mattress Online’s competition to find the UK’s sleepiest pet.

Pets in Birmingham are the laziest in the UK according to a new survey, which reveals dog and cat owners in the city bribe their four-legged friends to exercise more.

The poll, by online mattress and bed retailer Mattress Online, looked at the sleeping habits of pets.

More than two-thirds (72%) of owners in Birmingham claimed their dog or cat is lazy, while 62% complained their pet had put on weight due to a lack of exercise. Almost half said they had been reduced to offering treats and other bribes to curb the problem.

Nationally, around half (49%) of UK pet owners view their pet as lethargic.

You snooze you win

Top 10 in Mattress Online’s “lazy league”
  1. Birmingham – 72%
  2. Leeds – 54%
  3. Edinburgh – 53%
  4. London – 52%
  5. Nottingham – 49%
  6. Bristol – 46%
  7. Southampton – 46%
  8. Cardiff – 44%
  9. Liverpool – 42%
  10. Sheffield – 40%

Mattress Online managing director Steve Adams said: “We’ve just launched a major search to find the nation’s sleepiest pet, so conducted the survey to find out whether dogs and cats enjoy a good snooze as much as their owner.

“We were surprised by the sleeping habits uncovered by our research and found it an eye-opener to see the levels of laziness reported by owners and the lengths they have to go to get their canine or feline friend to exercise.”

The most common place for dogs and cats to sleep in the home is the sofa (48%), closely followed by their owner’s bed (43%).

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