Survey Says Most People Prefer To Snuggle Their Pets Over Their Partne

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
A new survey from PetFirst has found that 71% of pet owners would prefer snuggling with their pets over their human partners. Might make Valentine’s Day a bit awkward, don’t you think?

It’s no surprise that many humans prefer their pets over interactions with humans, but what may be surprising is that a new survey suggests that nearly 2/3rds of all pet owners would prefer to snuggle with their pets than their human partners.

PetFirst Pet Insurance surveyed their policy-holders in January and found that overwhelmingly, pet owners preferred snuggling with their pets. About 10% of their respondents said they’d prefer their pets, but sadly for humans, 19% found the choice too hard to make and couldn’t decide.

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When looking at why, the survey found that 95% of the surveyed said that it was their pet, rather than their human significant other, that they could count on to welcome them through the door with a big sloppy kiss. Or open belly waiting for rubs–same difference.

Katie Blakely is the CEO of PetFirst and said that to them and to their policyholders, pets certainly are family members. They know the importance of making sure that when they’re sick or injured, there are resources for our pets because our pets are always loving and available for us.

The survey also suggested that dogs were meant to be ‘indoor’ pets, right there with the other, maybe less-furry family members and 61.5% of the respondents said that they if they had to kick someone out of the bed on Valentine’s Day, they’d somehow make room for their partner and their pet to maintain bed-bragging rights.

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Blakely said that February and Valentine’s Day were perfect times to release the results of the study, as we’re all about the love for each other and our pets. She says that she’s not yet met a pet who didn’t love an extra belly rub or treat, but reminds pet owners that some traditional Valentine’s Treats like chocolate may be deadly for dogs.

So, what say you? Pet or partner? Luckily, they make king-sized beds, so most of us don’t have to make that choice!

Lori Ennis
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