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Virtually all cat owners consider their pet a member of the family

Posted by: Richard Towey  Date: 05/03/2013   Category: Latest News

After inviting them into their home, paying for their upkeep and growing accustomed to their behaviour, it’s no surprise that a new study has found that almost all cat owners count their pet as one of the family.

An article from dailymail.co.uk shows cat beds just being the tip of the iceberg when it comes to comforting a household moggy, as a whopping 95 per cent of 1,000 cat owners surveyed by pet food brand Whiskas considered their feline friends as one of their own.

The study even saw participants opting for the company of their cat over loved ones of the human variety.

One in ten said they preferred relaxing with their cats to unwinding with their partner. According to express.co.uk, this was explained by nine out of ten (87 per cent) saying cuddling up to their cat helped reduce their level of stress, as they “generate a feeling of calm”.

Some partners might have something to say about playing second fiddle to the household pet, but they’d be wise to keep their mouth buttoned. This is because two thirds (64 per cent) said they formed opinions of people based purely on how they react to their cat.

Whiskas cat behaviourist Dr. Sandra McCune commented: “It’s clear that while cats are stereotypically viewed as independent and mysterious creatures, they do share a unique and special bond with their owners, just as a lion cub would with its mother in the wild.”