Owners like their pets more than their children

More than a third of pet owners admit to liking their animals more than their children.

Two thousand mums and dads, who also have pets, said their furry friends were their “favourite child”.

Nearly 80 per cent said the pets were part of the family.

And 68 per cent saw their pets as people.

The survey by pet food company “I And Love And You” also revealed 58% of pet owners felt their animal understood them better than their partner or best friend.

Lindsey Rabaut, from I And Love And You said:

“Pets are more than just a companion, they love us unconditionally and make us want to be better people.”

The research also uncovered some of the habits of pet owners, including…

  • 44% of pet owners create a social media account for their pets
  • 42% throw them a birthday party
  • 42% buy their pets clothes of fancy accessories
  • 41% of pet owners spend more on a meal for their pets than themselves
  • 40% regularly let their pets sleep in their bed





About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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