(NEW YORK) — Our pets don’t know why their owners have been spending more time at home during the COVID-19 crisis, but a new survey shows pet owners and their pets are enjoying all the lockdown time together.
In fact, 72% of pet owners said they would not have been able to get through the pandemic without their furry friend(s).
The non-scientific poll of 2,000 American dog and cat owners, commissioned by Zoetis Petcare, showed that seven in 10 say they’ve grown to know their pet better during their time in lockdown. Four in five said they’ve grown closer to their fur babies during their time at home.
Sixty percent say they notice their pets acting differently during all that time together, though while 27% say their pet’s behavior has improved, 17% say it’s gotten worse.
Thirty-six percent of those polled say their pets have been much more active, and 31% say their furry friends are being more needy than usual.
Two in three polled say spending so much time together with their pets is making their humans worry about what will happen when life returns to normal and they’re not at home as much any more. Fifty-six percent say they’re vowing not to go out as much to keep their pet company, even after the lockdowns are over.
Forty-two percent say they’re going to keep working from home, a third say they plan to take their pets with them wherever they go, and 17% say they’re planning to adopt a new pet to give their pets some company when the world settles back down.
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