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One in 10 'prefer pet to partner'

Friday November 8th 2013

A third of women find it hard to decide who they love more - their partner or their pet.

One in ten even admit to loving their pet more than their partner, according to a poll by animal charity, Brooke.

A third of the 2,000 women surveyed felt the same way about their pet as they did their boyfriend or husband, and more than half said they turn to their pet for comfort after a row with their partner.

A further 39% said that when feeling neglected or ignored by their partner, they sought affection from their pet. A bitter custody battle for the pet would follow a break-up, according to 38% of the women polled.

A spokeswoman for Brooke said: "Even the most perfect relationships have off days so you can understand how women might love their pets just that little bit more after a disagreement with their partner. Perhaps a frustration for women is also that they expect less of their pets but are still rewarded with endless affection and loyalty."

"Pets can't answer back with sarcastic comments or moan about the state of the house so it's easy to have a blissful relationship with a pet, which can't always been said of human relationships," she added.

The majority of women (81%) saw their pets as part of the family. "As Brits, we are a nation of animal-lovers and these results show that the bond we share with our pets is very strong indeed. We know from our work in some of the poorest communities in the world that this bond transcends culture, age and economic background," the animal charity spokeswoman said.

Copyright Press Association 2013

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