Pets Over Partners?



Valentine’s Day is all about showing love, but who says that’s exclusive to humans? According to a new survey, a majority of pet owners prefer snuggling with their pet to their human partner.


The study, conducted this January, polled PetFirst Pet Insurance policyholders about how they show affection to their pets. According to the survey, 71 percent of respondents ranked pets as their No. 1 choice of snuggle partner. Only 10 percent said they preferred to get cozy with a significant other, and 19 percent said they couldn’t decide between the two.


Luckily, the feelings seem to be mutual. An overwhelming 95 percent of respondents said their pet was more likely than their partner to greet them at the door with a kiss or loving purr.


Pets were also rated as welcome bedmates on Valentine’s Day. According to the report, 61.5 percent of respondents said they wouldn’t kick their pet or their partner out of bed.


“Pets are family to us and to our policyholders,” said Katie Blakeley, CEO of PetFirst. “Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to talk about how much we love our companions–both the two-legged and four-legged varieties. Our entire organization is built on the premise that our pets are there for us, every day. We want to make sure that we’re there for them, when they are sick or injured.”


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