We live in a world where everyday something happens that make people lose their faith in humanity a little bit. So, it is no surprise that most people will prefer pets and animals to people and even their partners!
All you have to do is look at social media to see the bond that animals can have with humans and read the comments that proclaim it is the reason why people prefer them over people.
There are a lot of reasons as to why people prefer their beloved pets over their partners, some of which include animals not being able to nag at them or talk back in an argument..
- Better Company
Over the years there have been plenty of scientific studies conducted to show the effects of having a pet in your life can bring you, and nearly all of them are good. For example, people have been proven to have reduced anxiety and a higher amount of oxytocin released in their body to make them happier when they spend time with their pet.
The unconditional love that an animal brings can make anyone’s day better, but a new study has found that people go as far as preferring their pets to their partners. In fact, a third of owners would rather spend time with their pet than the people they love, and we can see why.
People will often complain that their partners get on at them to do chores or nag at them about daily life, as well as sometimes being argumentative. With a pet people don’t have this problem as they cannot speak, so it is often more peaceful to be around an animal. Except of course for when they are barking, but that is normal for a good reason such as wanting to protect you from the neighborhood cat they can see outside.
Another plus is that pets are nearly always in a good mood, wagging their tail or purring when they see their owners, but the same cannot be said for humans.
- More Understanding
Even though pets don’t have the ability to talk, people often say that their pets are more understanding, with 3 in 10 saying that they are better listeners than their partners. This could be down to the fact that animals are more likely to give their undivided attention when spoken to, compared to people who can sometimes get distracted.
The study also mentions that 45% of people felt their pets never judged them or questioned them, which is something people tend to do a lot of. It’s not to say that their partners can’t do these things, it’s just that they are less likely to.
Not only are pets great listeners, but they also give some of the best cuddles around. People would argue that cats are the best as they are small enough to curl up in your lap, with the occasional kneading thrown in when wearing something thick and cosy.
44% of people who took part in the study claimed that they preferred to cuddle up to their pets than their other half.
Hannah Edwards was the Senior Marketing Manager for Freshpet who conducted the research in the UK and she said that pets are an important part of the family, “Whether that means using our four-legged friends as a sounding board for our problems, cuddling up with them on the sofa in a quiet, reflective moment, or simply spending quality time with our cats and dogs and enjoying their unconditional love. It’s clear our beloved pets mean the world to us…even more than our other half at times!”
- Giving Them More Love
It isn’t just what pets can offer people, but what people can offer pets as well. Many of the people in the research admitted that although they spent more time with their partners than their pets, they said they would miss their animals more if they were away from them for a prolonged period of time.
This could be down to the fact that people don’t know what an animal is thinking when they’re on their own and could feel that they’ve been abandoned, especially when visiting the kennels.
However, this doesn’t happen with their partner as they can communicate when they will see each other again. When it comes to giving cuddles and kisses, 42% of people said they gave more to their pets than anyone else and were more likely to post pictures of their pets on social media.
Looking over the findings of the study, it is quite easy to see why people would prefer their pets to their partners. After all, who could resist the puppy eyes from their dog or the sweet meow of their cat when they get home from work?