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Our pets bring joy to our lives, they love us unconditionally, are always looking for cuddles and will never judge us no matter what state we’re in! It’s these reasons and more to why almost a third of pet owners are planning to spend Valentine’s Day with their furry friend instead of their human other half.

A survey by IAMS has revealed that over a quarter of women (28%) would rather spend valentine’s with their cat than their partner because of the unconditional love they provide, together with boasting better cuddles. For 38 per cent of British cat owners, it’s the lack of arguments that are the deciding factor. Which is probably why one third (28%) would even go as far as saying they love their cat more than their partner. 

Puppy love has swept the nation as over one third (34%) of dog owners would pick their four-legged friend over their other half, with two thirds (58%) claiming they prefer their pup’s company. This is all until a hint of a romantic dinner or promise of a present sways one third (29%) back to their human companion.

Cat behaviourist, Naomi Opalinska, explains why felines take a little longer to fall for their owners, “Humans can fall in love at first sight with their cats, but cats may take time to fall in love with their owner. Cats need to be nurtured so that they feel secure in their environment. It’s important to let your cat get to know you in their own time. How they show you love will also very much depend on their unique personality and how well they’ve been socialised from a kitten.”

When it comes to our canine companions, COAPE Behaviour Specialist Mandy Daveridge adds, “Dogs are quite forthcoming when it comes to showing their love. They’ll want to spend time with someone they are fond of, will get very excited when they see them and look for ways to initiate play. With puppies, they will look for a replacement mother who can feed and care for them and that’s why you’ll notice your new arrival following you around the house a lot. With rescue dogs, they’re likely to be much more nervous as their experiences may show them not all humans are willing to provide for them in the right way, and so it’s important to build up their trust over time.”

Kellie Ceccarelli, IAMS Veterinary Manager, comments, “The bond between pet and owner should be cherished and the unconditional love we receive from our pets should be reciprocated. We can show our animal companions how much we love them with lots of affection, regular walks and through premium nutrition which provides them with the nutrients they need to support the key seven signs of vitality for many happy, healthy years together.”

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