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Pets more huggable than partners for half of owners

Posted by: David Howells  Date: 16/04/2013   Category: Latest News

Half of pet owners prefer to hug their animals than their partners, new research suggests.

A study of 1,124 people by My Social Petwork found that around half preferred hugging their pets to their partners, whilst one in five had even cancelled social plans to spend more time at home with the animal. In a similar vein, seven per cent had cancelled a date to be with their pet, whilst four per cent had called in sick to work to do the same.

With owners saying they spend an average of 30 days per year caring for their pet, its perhaps unsurprising that one in ten had even gone so far as to take theirs along to family gatherings such as weddings or christenings – possibly with their dog or cat beds in tow.

Where social networks were concerned, the so-called “pet census” found that one in five owners regularly took to Facebook and Twitter to share updates and images of their cat or dog, pet.firstorfast.com reports.

Owner-pet relations were also covered, with 15 per cent confiding problems in their animals, whilst around a quarter said their animal felt more like a child to them than a pet.

Commenting on the results, TV vet Emma Milne told bbc.co.uk: “As a vet and animal welfare spokesperson, it is extremely heartening to see the lengths that people go to ensuring that our pets are well cared for and looked after.

“Everyone must be aware of the responsibility they are taking on when they choose to own any pet – whether that be a dog, cat, guinea pig or fish – and the results of the census shows that the majority of pet owners in the UK are doing a fantastic job in providing their pet a healthy and happy life by putting their pets first.”