According to a new survey led by OnePoll on behalf of Figo Pet Insurance, humans establish very deep emotional attachments and close relationships with their pets. The poll of 2,000 cat and dog owners showed that three in five Americans consider their pet a “soulmate” and would even run into a burning building to save their beloved companion.
“The connection we have with our pets goes much further than just owner and companion. Our pets comfort us when we’re sad, stick by us through ups and downs and provide unconditional love like no other relationship can. Our pets are family, and while they may not be able to verbalize their affection for us, any pet parent can attest to the strength and depth of their devotion,” said Lizbeth Bastidas, a certified veterinary technician.
Four in five owners strongly believe that their pets have a positive effect on their mental health, helping them surpass difficult moments, and giving them daily boosts of serotonin. Sixty-seven percent of the survey participants even claimed that because they are so connected to their pets, they can read each other’s minds.
Such close relationships appear to characterize more strongly the so-called “Generation Z,” comprising people born in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Over 84 percent of them would include their pets in milestone events such as their weddings, and more than three-fourths are likely to get a tattoo inspired by their cat or dog.
The survey also showed that people would not hesitate to bring their animal companions to the veterinary when sick, regardless of the costs. Almost one in five of the participants claim they would pay over $7,000 to save their dog or cat’s life and 53 percent would go into debt or spend any amount necessary to save their pet from immediate danger.
“With the growing cost of vet care in the U.S., the sad reality is that many pet parents will at some point face an expensive vet bill that could put them in a terrible position – having to choose between their beloved companion and their financial health. Our pets are there for us through thick and thin, and many pet parents would do anything to return the favor,” concluded Bastidas.
By Andrei Ionescu, Earth.com Staff Writer