More Than Half of Americans Believe Their Pet Is Their Soulmate, New Survey Says
The close connection is largely attributed to pets' ability to pick up on their owners' emotions.
If you're a pet owner, you know how deep the unspoken bond between you and your four-legged friend runs. It's so strong, in fact, that most pet owners believe their furry companion is their true soulmate, according to a new survey.
The survey, which was commissioned by Zesty Paws in honor of National Pet Month, revealed that 53 percent of Americans think their pet knows them better than anyone else in their life—including their best friends, family members, and significant others. This may be because respondents feel like they can confide in their pets: Nearly half of survey participants say they tell their deepest secrets to their animal. Additionally, 72 percent of respondents tell their four-legged friends exactly what they're feeling at any point in time, which contributes to their deep bond.
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According to 71 percent of respondents, pets notice when you feel upset, when you feel happy (61 percent), when you feel angry (58 percent), and when you feel tired (43 percent). And 25 percent of respondents believe their pet mirrors these emotions or behaviors. For example, 61 percent of participants say their pet comes when they're needed, 49 percent say their pet eats at the same time as them, and 46 percent say their pet mimics sleeping under a blanket.
"The bond we have with our pets is unique in a variety of ways," said Yvethe Tyszka, vice president of marketing at Zesty Paws. "That connection can be so strong; it feels as if pets can read our minds and emotions at times."