What Pets Can Teach Us About Marriage

Do you greet each other with excitement, overlook each other’s flaws and easily forgive bad behavior? If it’s your pet, the answer is probably yes. But your spouse? Probably not.In an article on PsychCentral, clinical psychologist Suzanne B. Phillips of Long Island University explores what our relationships with pets can teach us about our relationship with a spouse or romantic partner.

“What is interesting in my work with couples is that although couples may vehemently disagree on most topics, they usually both soften in manner and tone to agree that the dog, cat, bird or horse is great,” Dr. Phillips writes.She argues that we all have much to learn from the way we love our pets. People often describe pets as undemanding and giving unconditional love, when the reality is that pets require a lot of time and attention, special foods and care. They throw up on rugs, pee in the house and steal food from countertops. Yet we accept their flaws because we love them so much.


Pet's Death 'Like Losing A Parent'


To those who have never owned a cat or dog, it might seem impossible to understand.Yet a majority of pet owners admit to finding the loss of their four-legged companion just as traumatic as the death of a beloved relative.Half of owners say it is an event equally as heartbreaking as losing a close family member such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent.And a third go even further, comparing it to the death of a parent, sibling or spouse.

The findings come from a survey of 1,300 British dog and cat lovers.It found that they tend to go on mourning departed pets for years, with 53 per cent saying their grief for their cat or dog ‘never goes away’.More than a quarter of all owners also said that they were so grief-stricken by the death of their pet that they were forced to call in sick to work. On average, bereaved owners cost the UK economy £895million last year in days off work, the survey said.


Prefers Pet To Partner For Valentine’s Day…??


Younger, less affluent more likely to choose non-human company on Feb. 14

Rather than spending Valentine’s Day with their partner, one-fifth of adults would prefer to be with their pet, according to a joint global poll by Reuters/Ipsos.The survey of 24,000 people in 23 countries found 21 percent of adults would rather spend February 14 with their pet than their spouse, although the French were least likely to choose a furry friend over a human, with only 10 percent taking that option.

But the survey found that age and income were more of a determining factor than nationality when it came to romance, with younger, less affluent people more likely to choose their pet as their Valentine’s Day companion.ohn Wright, senior vice president of Ipsos, said 25 percent of people aged under 35 opted for their pet over their partner compared to 18 percent of those aged 35-54 and 14 percent of people aged 55 plus.

Men and women were evenly split over the question.Those choosing pets over people were also more likely to be those who have a lower income (24 percent) compared to those who were middle or higher income earners (20 percent).