Pets v Partners


Published 8 November 2013


One in ten women claim they love their pet MORE than their partner, a study revealed yesterday.

Nearly a third said their levels of love for their pet were exactly the same as those they harboured for their husband or boyfriend.

Researchers polled 2000 women who were in a cohabiting relationship which revealed the extraordinary depths of feeling for their beloved animals.

Over half said that they loved their pet more after they had had a row with their other half and 39 per cent said their feelings increase for their furry friends when they get no affection from their man.

One in ten of those who confessed to caring more for their animal did have the good grace to feel guilty – although a more hardened 41 per cent said they didn’t feel bad.

It’s not surprising then that a whopping 81 per cent of women said they consider their pets as part of the family, the poll by animal welfare charity the Brooke revealed.

In fact 14 per cent of women even said they were considering getting a tattoo of their pet’s name.

A spokeswoman for the Brooke said:  “It’s heart-warming to learn how loved the nation’s pets are. 

“Even the most perfect relationships have off-days so you can understand how women might love their pets just that little bit more after a disagreement with their partner.

“Perhaps a frustration for women is also that they expect less of their pets but are still rewarded with endless affection and loyalty.’’

“Pets can’t answer back with sarcastic comments or moan about the state of the house so it’s easy to have a blissful relationship with a pet, which can’t always been said of human relationships.”

And 38 per cent of women said there would be a bitter custody battle over the pet if they were to ever split up with their partner as in 54 per cent of cases the animal is jointly owned.

And 18 per cent of couples said they often row over the animals in the house.

But forty per cent said their pet never annoys them and more than half said it would be a ‘deal-breaker’ if a partner did not get on with their pet.

The study found a third of females let their pet sleep on their bed and 16 per cent let them sleep IN the bed.

Four in ten confess to regularly rewarding their pet with treats and 17 per cent will lavish them with presents on Christmas Day.

A spokeswoman for the Brooke added:  “As Brits, we are a nation of animal-lovers and these results show that the bond we share with our pets is very strong indeed.

“We know from our work in some of the poorest communities in the world that this bond transcends culture, age and economic background.

“The Brooke works very closely with people who rely on their animals for their livelihoods and we know that animals are much happier when they share this mutual bond with their owner.

“Horses and donkeys are the engines that power the developing world and the Brooke is dedicated to improving the lives of these animals through its community programmes and veterinary interventions.”

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