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The Ties That Bind Us

From the day we bring our cats home, we do everything in our power to make them feel like part of the family. We humanize them. But to what extent do we cat enthusiasts go to make our cat truly feel like one of us? We consulted The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition to give us some great insight on this question.

According to James H. Sokolowski, DMV Ph.D. of The Waltham Centre:

“We were very pleased to discover that people acknowledge the importance of their pets, with most saying they would spend any amount of money if their pet became ill. We know that pets help increase a pet owner's longevity and improve his quality of life by reducing stress and being a constant companion. We designed this particular study to shed some additional insight into how conscious pet owners themselves are about the special relationship they have with their pets."

All of the pet owners surveyed indicated they turn to their pets for emotional support. Here are some astonishing findings:

  • 78% of pet owners think of their pets as children
  • 84% display photos of their pets around their home
  • 100% talk to their pets!
  • 97% think they understand what their pets are saying.
  • 78% speak for their pets, imagining what they might say.

For its study, The Waltham Centre polled pet owners in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington
D.C. to share secrets about their pets.

The Waltham Centre, which is currently conducting more than 70 human and pet interaction studies in 13 countries, researches the human-animal bond to explore the link between pets and their owners' self-esteem, ability to cope with trauma, fear of crime, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and physical and psychological well-being.

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