Brits love our pets more than our spouse

More than a quarter of British women would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their cat than their partner, admitting they love their cat more than their other half.  

A recent survey by pet food brand IAMS has revealed that over a quarter of women (28%) would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their cat than their partner because of the unconditional love they provide, together with boasting better cuddles. For 38% of British cat owners, it’s the lack of arguments that’s the deciding factor. Indeed, one third (28%) would even go as far as saying they love their cat more than their partner! 

The survey, found that unconditional love and better cuddles are the reasons women would rather celebrate with a feline friend. In addition, even more dog owners opt to spend February 14 with man's best friend, with 34% choosing their dog over their other half.

  • A third of pet owners plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their furry friend
  • One quarter of female cat owners even claim to love their feline more than their partner
  • Two thirds of dog owners prefer their pup’s company to their other half
  • Pet experts reveal how to ensure your four-legged friend is full of vitality for a happy, healthy life together

But our passion for pets doesn’t stop there. When it comes to our canine companions, puppy love has swept the nation as over one third (34%) of dog owners will pick their paw-fect pal over their other half with two thirds (58%) claiming they prefer their pup’s company! That is until the hint of a romantic dinner or promise of a present sways one third (29%) back to their human companion1.

Regardless of this, with Brits spend a whopping £7.9bn each year on their feline friends and almost half (46%) of dog owners loving their pet so much they even want them involved in their wedding, the question is, do our pets fall as quickly for us as we do for them?

Cat behaviourist, Naomi Opalinska, explains that with felines, love is not instantaneous, “Humans can fall in love at first sight with their cats, but cats may take time to fall in love with their owner. Cats need to be nurtured so that they feel secure in their environment. It’s important to let your cat get to know you in their own time. How they show you love will also very much depend on their unique personality and how well they’ve been socialised from a kitten.”

When it comes to our canine companions, COAPE Behaviour Specialist Mandy Daveridge adds, “Dogs are quite forthcoming when it comes to showing their love. They’ll want to spend time with someone they are fond of, will get very excited when they see them and look for ways to initiate play. With puppies, they will look for a replacement mother who can feed and care for them and that’s why you’ll notice your new arrival following you around the house a lot. With rescue dogs, they’re likely to be much more nervous as their experiences may show them not all humans are willing to provide for them in the right way, and so it’s important to build up their trust over time.”

Kellie Ceccarelli, IAMS Veterinary Manager, comments, “The bond between pet and owner should be cherished and the unconditional love we receive from our pets should be reciprocated. We can show our animal companions how much we love them with lots of affection, regular walks and through premium nutrition which provides them with the nutrients they need to support the key 7 signs of vitality for many happy, healthy years together.”