Survey Uncovers Biggest Pet Peeves of American Pawrents

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
In an online questionnaire, US pet parents of all ages discovered what they think are the worst habits of cat and dog owners. The answers might surprise you!

Being a pet owner means something different for everybody. Sure, loving your cat or dog and providing them the essential care they need to be happy and healthy is the foundation of it, but the finer points of pet ownership significantly differ from person to person.

Some will boast being a pet parent to their fur baby, others will sneer at the parenthood parallel. For certain dog owners, having a pet on their furniture is a deal breaker, while many can’t imagine going to bed without their pooch snuggled next to them. In fact, what’s thought of as bad pet-iquette in some households, often ends up being embedded into another’s daily routine! So, how’s a pet pawrent to know if he or she are breaking some unwritten rule about proper pawrent behavior?

According to a recent study, the top 3 worst things a pet owner can do are: allowing a dog to bark all day, inappropriately designating service animals and having a stinky pet. Although the last one is kind of confusing- even with proper hygiene, not all pooches can help the way they smell, y’all. The survey included 1,000 people living in the United States, most of them pet owners, as well. Interestingly, the researchers divided the answers into three age groups: baby boomers, Gen X-ers, and millennials.

As a result, the surveyors were able to find out what are the most irritating things pet parents do- from a generational perspective. For instance, baby boomers were more likely to find it inappropriate to let a pet sleep on their sofa or to play dress up with their pet. On the other hand, millennials were least likely to sleep in bed with their cat or dog, and Gen X-ers think it rude to skip on an event in favor of hanging with your four-legged companion.

Of course, you shouldn’t take these results to heart. After all, the sample was too small for the study results to define whole generations of pet owners. So, if you’re a baby boomer that loves picking out cute outfits for their dog or a millennial that shares a bedroom with a furry roommate, don’t feel out of place. As long as your pet is happy, you do you.

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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