NEW YORK — A third of pet parents have more photos of their furry friends on their phones than of their kids or significant other! That’s according to a new poll that finds the average owner takes over 400 pictures of their pets every year.
The survey of 2,000 dog and cat owners reveals that just 27 percent of respondents say they have more photos of their kids than their pet. That number drops to just 16 percent when it comes to pics of their partner!
The survey shed light on how much people love their pets, with nearly a third of pet owners claiming they treat their pet like royalty. A quarter of respondents have shown their pet love by throwing a party just for them, and the same percentage allow their pet to smooch them on the mouth.
Further, one in six have even gotten a tattoo of their furry friend to keep them near forever. Half of pet parents feel incomplete when they’re not near their pet (52%) and three-quarters have even taken their pet on vacation (79%).
Just the two of us
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the Maytag brand, the survey also finds that pets often stick by their parents’ side, including while they’re cooking (38%), getting ready for bed (37%), or working out (35%).
Pet owners agree that they’re so close to their pet that they keep their reaction in mind when making changes in their own life — including decisions about moving (27%), purchasing furniture (33%), or deciding if they should buy a home with a yard (32%). Nearly half of the respondents (45%) add that their pet sleeps in bed with them.
“We know how much people love their pets,” says Lauren Bigger, Maytag senior brand manager and proud pet parent, in a statement. “We throw them parties, bring them on vacations and treat them as part of the family. While we love having them by our side, we’re often left covered in hair and spending time and energy cleaning it up.”
Cleaning up is still a pain
Most pet owners agree that although they love having their pet around, their shedding hair becomes a problem (59%). Fifty-seven percent of pet owners are spending more time and energy cleaning up pet hair than they want to, averaging about four hours a week.
A whopping 85 percent sweep or vacuum their floors or furniture at least twice a week because of their pet’s hair. Forty-one percent of respondents keep their pet’s hair top of mind when it comes to their clothes, with 57 percent of those with shedding pets admitting they always have to remove pet hair from their clothes before they leave home.
In fact, pet parents have gotten used to keeping a lint roller in their car (57%) or purse (55%) to get rid of any stray hairs on the go. Nearly one in four people wash their bedding at least once a week due to pet hair (23%).
Furthermore, 53 percent say their current laundry routine requires multiple steps due to pet hair with nearly half taking pet beds, clothes, and blankets to a laundromat to avoid using their machines at home (47%).
“Pet owners put in extra work when it comes to laundry day, adding time and steps to remove pet hair,” Bigger says. “With continuous innovation in the cleaning space, pet parents now have laundry solutions for their home to help them conquer pet hair like a pro.”