Are you surprised to learn that most of us love our dogs more than other humans? Perhaps not surprising since they’re always up for a cuddle and are excited to see you – plus, they’re brilliant for your mental health and provide unconditional love. And our love for our pets knows no bounds. New research shows that the majority of people would choose their pet over their partner.
If your pet and partner don't get along, according to research 64% of us would choose the pet! But for those of you who might be in a relationship with someone who falls into the above category, 80% of participants said that having an animal actually strengthened their relationship and communication and reduced stress levels. So it’s not all bad.
You might be more surprised to hear that half of those involved in the research admitted that they’d let their pet interrupt sex and most of those surveyed said that their pet smelt better than their partner's breath. Charming! Sleeping with a pet might not be the best idea, as it can disrupt sleep and stop you from getting a full eight hours. It is only recommended to sleep with a pet if the mental health benefits outweigh the real risks associated with sleep loss. The top three reasons that pets might stop you from getting enough sleep is by taking up too much room, making loud noises and moving around. So are you happy to forgo a full night’s sleep so that you can snuggle up to your pet? Is it all worth it for those pet cuddles? In short: always.
You can read the full Marie Claire article here
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