When owners today say their pet is like family, they aren’t kidding. In fact, according to a recent survey, three in five American pet parents say they would run into a burning building to save their pet.
The poll, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Figo Pet Insurance, asked 2,000 cat and dog owners about how deep their love for their pet runs. Most respondents (81%) reportedly wouldn’t think twice before saving their pet from immediate danger. Over half (59%) say they would fight another person to save their pet. This kind of devotion is indicative of just how close owners feel to their animals.
According to the survey, 62% of pet parents would describe their pet as their best friend while three in five would go so far as to call their pet their “soulmate.” Many participants (67%) even feel so connected to their pet that they believe they can read each other’s minds.
It’s unsurprising then, that pet parents – especially young ones – often show their love for their pets in grand gestures. The report shows that 84% of Gen Zers (ages 18-24) are likely to include their pet in their wedding and more than three-fourths are likely to get a tattoo inspired by their pet.
The love between owners and pets also appears to be a strong source of comfort. Four in five respondents believe their pet significantly impacts their mental health in a positive way, while more than one-third say they turn to their pet for a boost of serotonin. That’s probably why more than two-thirds of owners feel obligated to repay their pets for all they do.