Survey: More women than men sleep with pet

Sept. 15, 2012 at 6:02 PM
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YONKERS, N.Y., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Most men and women have similar attitudes about their pets, except women are much more likely to sleep with their dog or cat, a U.S. survey indicates.

A survey by Consumer Reports subscribers who owned a cat or dog, or both, found 70 percent of U.S. women slept with their pet compared with 57 percent of men.

Women were also a lot more likely to sign birthday or holiday cards with a pet's name or picture, and give holiday gifts to Fido and Fluffy.

About one-third of both men and women said they put pictures of their pet on social media sites such as Facebook, but only 2 percent of either men or women said they created a Facebook page or some other social media site in their pet's name.

An equal number of men and women said, "Money is no object" when asked to pick an amount they would spend if a pet needed lifesaving treatment. However, when asked the most they had ever spent on their pet for a veterinary procedure, readers cited an average of $609. The average most would spend to save their pet's life: $1,620 -- or $1,824 for dog owners; $1,309 for cat owners.

No survey details were provided.

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