More women than men sleep with their pets

Consumer Reports News: August 30, 2012 10:08 AM

Seventy percent of women and 57 percent of men admit to sleeping with their pets, according to a recent survey of 1,313 Consumer Reports subscribers who owned a cat or dog (or both). Women are also a lot more likely to sign cards with a pet's name or picture, and give holiday gifts to Rover and Garfield.

Both men and women like to show off their furry friends. Almost a third of pet owners surveyed have posted their pet's pictures on social media sites. And love for pets is boundless for both genders. 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.

Here are some of the things our pet-loving subscribers told us:

  He says She says
Sleep with pet
57%
70%
Search for hotels that accept pets
27
30
Give pet holiday gift
45
58
Take your pet on vacation with you
30
30
Take your pet to "doggie day care" (dogs only)
19
18
Put pictures of your pet on social media sites like Facebook
27
31
Create a Facebook page (or some other social media site) in your pet's name
2
2
Sign cards with pet's name or picture
28
46
Dress up pets in cute outfits
12
14

See more of our results from our latest survey of pet owners and find out how cat and dog owners face off when it comes to things like snuggling at night and giving holiday gifts.

Is there anything you do with your pet that's not on the list above? Gourmet pet treats, anyone?

Nicole Sarrubbo


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