Pet hates during winter

Winter is coming and it’s darker mornings and nights that top the list of the nation’s seasonal pet hates. These are closely followed by feeling cold, with well over half of people giving them the thumbs down.

A poll of 2,000 UK homeowners showed that people from East Anglia feel the cold the most (58 per cent), while Scots are the least concerned about plummeting temperatures (48 per cent). It was also East Anglians who fretted the most about heating bills (45 per cent), while those in Northern Ireland worried the least (30 per cent).

The survey also revealed how nearly two-thirds of us detest dismal mornings and 56 per cent would dodge dark nights where possible. The sustained darkness means one-third of us have less motivation to go outside. More than half of people hating being cold and, therefore, having to pay more to heat their homes (38 per cent).

Our top 10 winter pet hates are:

  1. Dark mornings (62 per cent)
  2. Dark nights (56 per cent)
  3. Being cold (52 per cent)
  4. = The weather (41 per cent)
  5. = De-icing the car (41 per cent)
  6. Rain
  7. Paying more to heat the home (38 per cent)
  8. Having less motivation to go outside (34 per cent)
  9. = Getting ill (28 per cent)
  10. = Clocks going back (28 per cent)
  11. Feeling miserable (24 per cent)
  12. Having to wear lots of layers (16 per cent)

In the battle of the sexes, it’s women who worry far more than men about paying to keep the house warm (44 per cent compared to 32 per cent). This doesn’t stop them from turning on the central heating early though. Women also helped to disprove the man flu theory, with one-third dreading getting ill compared to less than a quarter of men. More women than men admitted to feeling the cold and hating dark mornings.

Fifteen per cent of men expressed their inner Scrooge by confessing to a loathing of Christmas adverts. They also highlighted Christmas songs and saving up for presents as pet hates. Meanwhile, 14 per cent of women complained about the return of the new football season.

The biggest winter woe among millennials was de-icing the car (52 per cent), followed by being cold and getting ill. Baby boomers are most affected by the cold (54 per cent), yet it’s people aged 25 to 34 that most dread feeling poorly.

Other pet peeves that came high across the board included the winter weather. This includes the rain (40 per cent), the clocks going back (28 per cent), and generally feeling miserable (24 per cent).

Rather more unusual complaints included a hatred for wearing tights and not being able to visit beer gardens. One respondent lamented not being able to play golf and another feels their hackles rise whenever their glasses steam up in warm shops.