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One-Third Of Pet-Owning Parents Prefer Their Furry Friends Over Their Kids, Survey Finds

One-Third Of Pet-Owning Parents Prefer Their Furry Friends Over Their Kids, Survey Finds

According to a recent survey of 2,000 pet owners conducted by OnePoll on behalf of a pet food company, 'I and Love and You', 34% of pet-owning parents said their pet is their favorite child, beating out their own flesh and blood.

News Flash: Pets lower stress and depression.

You heard it right, just stroking your cat or dog can lower your blood pressure and make you feel calmer. Even watching fish can ease tense muscles. Playing with your pet increases the levels of the feel-good chemicals serotonin and dopamine in your brain. Some researchers have proposed that having a pet bestows a dazzling array of health benefits, such as lower cholesterol, reduced blood pressure and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.



 

According to a recent survey of 2,000 pet owners conducted by OnePoll on behalf of pet food company I and Love and You, 34% of pet-owning parents said their pet is their favorite child, beating out their own flesh and blood. The survey found other examples of the power our perfect pets have over us: 78% of participants said they consider their pet to be a family member and 67% said their pet is their best friend.



 

The survey found that one of the many reasons why pets make ideal companions is their ability to listen. Out of all the pet owners that were surveyed, up to 54% of them truly believe that their pet understands them better than their human best friend(s) and even their significant other. This makes sense as the communication between us and our pets are very unique as compared to our interactions with other humans. There is a lot more self-talk and reflection going on, as well as a completely non-judgemental space. Other important observations from the survey revealed that two-thirds of respondents (67 percent) said their pet was their best friend, while another 78 percent said their pet was part of the family. 



 

Well, these polls do give justice to the notion that most pet owners do love to pamper their furry friends more than anyone else in the world. The survey even found that nearly half the participants always make sure to throw birthday parties for their pets. Another surprising find was that over 40% of pet owners spend more money on their pets' meals than their own. Basically, people love their pets, and part of that is because pets are great at loving us in return.



 

“Pets are more than just a companion, they love us unconditionally and make us want to be better people,” said Lindsey Rabaut, Vice President of Marketing for “I and love and you.” “A pet’s love brings out the best in all of us. One universal moment that brings the entire family together is mealtime,” said Rabaut. “The thought we put into our food really expresses the love we share. We believe that pets are people, too and that they should be fed a diet that allows them to be their best selves all day, every day. We exist to help you get the most out of your relationship with your BFF furbaby.” she added

Sixty-eight percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet, according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). This is up from 56 percent of U.S. households in 1988, the first year the survey was conducted.

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