The survey, which was carried out on behalf of global pet insurance technology integrator Aquarium Software, has shown just how much our pets really matter to us.
Mark Colonnese, sales and marketing director of Aquarium, said: “For a majority of pet owners to choose pets over people shows how much we enjoy the company of our animals. They may not be able to talk — but perhaps that is why we like them so much!”
“The results showed higher percentages choosing to stay in with their pet over going out and meeting new friends across age, regional and demographic boundaries, showing that as a nation, we really are infatuated with our animals.” he adds.
Would you rather spend your evening at home with your cat or out making new friends? A new YouGov survey has revealed that 57 per cent of British pet owners would prefer to spend time with their pets.
The survey also revealed that dog owners are the most keen to spend time with their animals — with 70 per cent saying they’d rather stay in with their pet than make new friends. Only 59 per cent of cat owners said they’d prefer to stay with their pets — perhaps signifying that cat owners are more social beings?
“As a dog owner I might be slightly biased, but with the amount of joy dogs bring, coupled with their loyalty, it’s no surprise to see just how popular they are with their pet parents.” Mark says.
“I don’t think anyone’s really guilty of underestimating the bond between pet and owner, but this research shows just how strong it is. I would urge anyone working in the pets market — from vets right through to insurance providers — to take account of this in future. It looks like humans still have a lot of work to do before they replace pets in our hearts!” Mark concludes.