Pets as Family. Really?
An Associated Press-Petside.com poll* of pet owners concluded that:
- half of all American pet owners consider their pets as much a part of the family as any other person in the household
- 36 percent said their pet is part of the family but not a full member
- 29 percent of dog owners and 26 percent of cat owners celebrate pet birthdays
- 37 percent of dog owners and 33 percent of cat owners include their pet’s photo or name in a holiday card
- 50% of dog owners and 39% of cat owners have taken their pet on vacation
- Taken to work — 21% for the dogs and 14% for the cats
- Nearly half of all dog owners and 40 percent of cat owners admit giving their pets human food at least sometimes
- single people (66 percent of single women versus 46 percent of married women) and women were more likely to call a pet a full member of the family
- almost half (49 percent) of respondents have given at least one of their current pets a human-like name, including 51 percent of dog owners and 50 percent of cat owners
- more cat owners (36%) allow their furry friends to sleep in the same bed with them than dog owners (29%)
*The AP-Petside.com poll was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media from May 28-June 1, 2009. It is based on landline and cellular telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,110 pet owners. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.