Fish are the most popular pet in the UK with around 33 million fish making up some of the 54 million pet owning households across the country1.
Research by Tetra2, has found that children with pets perform swimmingly in school, meeting or exceeding teacher’s expectations by almost 10 percent vs children without any pets.
When it comes to interacting with others, those with pets are also more confident and friendly.
The type of pet also has an impact on children’s performance outside of school with over half of parents believing that keeping fish had a calming effect on their child, whilst teaching them responsibility, developing social skills and encouraging cognitive development.
Ashleigh Foster, aquatics marketing manager at Tetra comments: “It’s great to see how fishkeeping has grown in popularity over the years, especially with young children.
“At Tetra we’re dedicated to developing easy-to-use care products and solutions to help make maintenance easier than ever to allow fish fans to spend more time enjoying their aquarium whilst encouraging others to learn more about the fascinating hobby.”
For more information about Tetra, visit http://www.tetra.net/en
1Source: The annual Pet Food Manufacturing Association Pet Population study
2Source: Aquatics leaders Tetra and OnePoll, survey of 1,000 parents of 3-14 year olds (men and women) in the UK