Quarter of women would dump a man if their pet didn't like him

Pet

The way to a woman's heart may be through her pet!

A quarter of women would dump a man if their pet didn't like him, according to a new study and a third would leave their own bed and sleep on the floor next to their pet if it was ill.

Half of women in the UK claim they say 'hello' to their dog or cat before anyone else when they get home, the Daily Mail reported.

Men, however, seem to be a little less devoted. Only 12 per cent men said they would split up with their partner if their pet didn't take to her.

The study, carried out by an animal health organisation, found that 40 per cent of the 1,094 pet owners surveyed would risk their own life to save their animal if it were in danger.

Half insisted they would spare no expense on treatment if their pet was ill - although a similar number forget to keep their vaccines up to date.

The study by animal health organisation NOAH (National Office of Animal Health) showed just how important pets are to Britain's animal lovers, the paper said.

It seems that not only do Britons look to their pets for advise on dating, but many confess to discussing other matters with them.

One in five - 20 per cent - regularly chat to their animal about the weather.

And 60 per cent celebrate special occasions together, such as birthdays and even Valentine's, Mother's and Father's days.

"The vast majority of pet owners agree being a responsible pet owner means caring for your pet, feeding it, exercising it and giving it attention," NOAH Chief Executive, Philip Sketchley said.

The study also found that 10 per cent would save money by stopping smoking, or by cutting down, rather than reducing the amount spent on their pet.

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