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Pets, Not Partners, Are the Top Snuggle Buddies, Valentine’s Survey Finds

PetFirst Pet Insurance released the results of a new survey.




JEFFERSONVILLE, IN – Valentine’s Day is the day for snuggling – and 71 percent of pet owners prefer snuggling with a pet, rather than their human partner, a survey has found.

When asked who they most like to snuggle with, most chose their pets, according to a PetFirst Pet Insurance survey of policy holders, conducted in January.

The breakdown of preferred snuggle buddies was:

  • Pets – 71 percent
  • Partners – 10 percent
  • Can’t decide – 19 percent

This puppy love is mutual. 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 respondents were fairly evenly divided between kicking out their partner or their pet.



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