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NEW YORK — When it’s time to cuddle, a new study finds it’s better to have four legs and fur! Six in 10 people would rather snuggle up with a pet than a partner.

A recent survey of 2,000 pet owners found that 61 percent would prefer to share their couch or bed with their pet over their significant other. The reason? Two-thirds say their pet is usually a cleaner and quieter companion.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Lovesac ahead of National Comfy Day, the survey also found that four in 10 also reported a higher quality of sleep when sharing their sofa or bed with their pet, likely because their furry pal doesn’t wake up to use the bathroom (59%) or disturb their slumber by snoring (53%).

The poll also hints at a nation divided, with half saying they’d never allow their pet on their couch. However, 77 percent would reconsider if they had older couches. Another 65 percent would do so if their couch had washable covers.

“It’s important to consider the needs of everyone in the household, including your pets, but this can be challenging when it comes to furniture,” says Shawn Nelson, Lovesac’s CEO and Founder, in a statement. “Choosing a durable couch with machine-washable covers and replaceable cushions will save you a lot of time worrying about potential repairs or tough stains.”

Respondents also noted that their pets seem to get better sleep than they do, especially dogs (75% vs. 65% of cats). Half of pets (51%) also shun their regular bed in favor of a carpet or rug, while 37 percent nap on a table. Twenty-nine percent of furry friends also get cozy on the laundry.

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People have makeshift beds, too

It turns out people sometimes do the same. In fact, just as many people (30%) have used their laundry as a bed. While 51 percent have slept or napped on their couch, others admit to catching some Zs in more unconventional places, including a carpet or rug (44%) and a table or desk (36%).

Overall, the average respondent spends 41 minutes a week sleeping or napping somewhere other than their bed, most commonly their couch, with more than half saying that’s their preferred napping spot.

More than half the poll (52%) say their pet has damaged their couch and 69 percent of those were forced to throw it away due to the damage. What makes a couch more comfortable than other pieces of furniture? Many respondents agree it’s having an ideal level of softness (34%) and an optimal height (23%).

The most popular things most people do on a couch include watching TVs and movies (98%) followed closely by napping or relaxing (96%).

“A good couch should be washable, changeable and rearrangeable so that you can relax, nap or catch up on our favorite series without worry,” Shawn adds. “That’s what comfort is all about.”

About Chris Melore

Chris Melore has been a writer, researcher, editor, and producer in the New York-area since 2006. He won a local Emmy award for his work in sports television in 2011.

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