People prefer their pets to other people. They are more likely to spend time with their pets than with other people. They also spend more money on their pets than on other people.
There are many reasons for this phenomenon but the two most prevalent are that humans have a natural instinct to care for animals and we have had a long-standing relationship with domesticated animals since the beginning of civilization.
But, does that still hold true when it comes to pets versus life partners? Do pets still win the day or does the human companion come out in front?
ALMOST A QUARTER OF BRITS PREFER THEIR PET TO THEIR PARTNER, ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH
A nationwide poll of dog and cat owners has revealed as many as 21 percent admit they are fonder of their furry friend than their other half.
Overall, more than two thirds (67 percent) claim their pet is their best friend, while 17 percent confess that their animal companion is more important to them than anyone else in their lives.
Three in ten (31 percent) claim they value their pet more than their best friend, while 57 percent reckon they have more photos of their pet than their family on their phone.
When it comes to what makes our pets special, 58 percent said it’s because they don’t judge us, while half (51 percent) think their pooch or kitty is more loyal than the humans in their life, and 47 percent love the fact that their pet never answers back.
To celebrate the launch of the DC Super-Pets Happy Meal® in restaurants, McDonald’s polled 1,500 British parents with dogs or cats, and found that HALF of pet owners even talk to their pets about their feelings while 37 percent go as far as claim that their four legged friend has “special powers”.
These range from knowing when their owner is sad (66 percent), knowing when they need a cuddle (57 percent) and wanting to protect the whole family (48 percent).
45 percent even claim their pet can communicate with them – with just a look.
In fact a fifth (21 percent) say their animal understands them better than their other half ever could.
And this bond runs so deep that over a third of dog and cat owners (35 percent) aren’t ashamed to say they would even prefer a holiday with a pet over their loved ones.
Over half (57 percent) aren’t afraid to treat their furry friend to gifts on special occasions, like their birthday or Christmas Day.
And a fifth (19 percent) admit that while their loved ones are important, they regularly splash out more money on presents for their pet.
Meanwhile two thirds (66 percent) describe their furry friend as the ultimate sidekick for life.
It’s also been revealed that the connection between man and dog runs deep, with a whopping 90 percent claiming the furriest member of the family has a very special bond with their kids.
The research reveals that on average, dog owners take an extra 5427 steps a day compared to people who don’t have a pooch.
Pet owners will laugh eight times a day on average, thanks to their furry friend, will also enjoy around 14 hugs or embraces with their cat or dog a day, and will play around four games a day with their pet.