ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Dogs and cats provide a service in helping their owners deal with personal pressures brought on by a tough economy, a U.S. survey indicates.
A study of 400 Americans, fielded by the independent digital direct agency Catalyst Direct, found a majority stated their pets' emotional support and non-judgmental attitude are key to helping them survive challenging times.
Pet owners are experiencing all kinds of stress due to the uncertain economy -- 73 percent say they are more worried about finances; 64 percent say they are more anxious; 59 percent say they are less confident and 32 percent say they believe it has impacted their sense of identity.
Conversely, pet owners credit their dogs and cats with helping them cope in a number of ways: 89 percent say their pets help them deal with the stresses of life; 83 percent value the steady presence their pets provide in an uncertain economy; and 86 percent value their pets' appreciation, despite their own concerns about finances and job security.
No survey details were provided.