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Pet Owners Prefer to Snuggle with Their Pets, Not Partners, on Valentine's Day


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A majority of pet owners will likely snuggle up to their pets this Valentine’s Day instead of their human partner, according to a new survey of PetFirst Pet Insurance’s policy holders, which was conducted in January. The survey found that 71 percent of pet owners prefer snuggling with a pet, rather than their human partner.

When asked who they most like to snuggle with, most said that snuggling with pets was best. 

Pets ranked No. 1 as the preferred snuggle buddies, while 10 percent of pet owners said they’d prefer to snuggle with their partners and 19 percent couldn’t decide. 

This puppy love is mutual, according the survey. Almost 95 percent said their pet was more likely than their significant other to meet them at the door with a kiss or a purr.

“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.”

Being “in the dog house” has long been a euphemism for getting shunned at home, but the results of the survey found that the dog’s place in the home ranks right alongside spouses and partners. 

When asked who they were more likely to kick out of bed on Valentine’s Day, 61.5 percent of respondents said both their pet and their partner could stay in bed all night. The remaining were fairly evenly divided between kicking out their partner or their pet.

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