Who Wins With Women: Their Partner or Their Pet?

The unconditional love that pets show their female owners seem to be paying off. In a recent survey done by the English animal charity group, The Brooke, more than 1/3 of the 2,000 women surveyed reported that they loved their pet as much as their significant other.

This overwhelming show of love may not be surprising, especially considering that our modern pets have become members of our human families. But it may be surprising to learn that one in ten women admitted that they loved their pet even more than their partner, and many didn’t even feel guilty about it.

The study highlights a pet’s most winning characteristic, unconditional love. The women surveyed admitted that their feelings for their pet increased when their partners showed less affection. They don’t argue with women about money, children, and housework, and their affection is almost always available.

Some respondents also said that if a boyfriend didn’t like their pet, it would be a reason to split up. Pets can be a center of contention in relationships more than some people think, especially when someone enters a relationship with the pet. They are so loved that this can often cause feelings of jealousy in a budding relationship, reports the matchmaking site, match.com

They can also become a source of tension as couples sort out the specifics of pet care, the “rights” of the pet, and exactly how much money should be spent on it. Perhaps one of the most common pet arguments is if it is allowed to sleep in the bed with its human counterparts.

While sorting out these details can be complicated, the happiness that a pet brings to a partner in the relationship is usually worth the sacrifice, and the other partner may come to view the pet with affection as well.

Of course, tensions can be less and even bring a new unity relationship when the adoption of a pet is a shared choice between two significant others, but the technicalities of owning a pet can still be difficult to work out if not thought out before the pet comes home.

If you and your significant pet are considering adopting a pet, think about the following first:

  • Make sure that you’ve talked about the time and financial commitments of the pet, and that you’re both ready. Do you have the funds to not only purchase the pet but also provide it with the proper vet visits and needs such as a pet collar, a dog bed, or a crate?
  • Decide ahead of time who will take care of which pet responsibilities, from early morning bathroom duty to vet visits.
  • Make sure you’re both comfortable with the type of pet you want to bring home. A dog breed that’s known to be difficult to train, for example, may not be a good match for a couple where one partner hasn’t ever trained a dog before.
  • Set the boundaries beforehand. Talk about what kind of training method you’ll both be using, where the pet will sleep, and how much reign of the house the pet will be allowed to have.

If anything, the Brooke survey highlights that, despite the sacrifices pets can require, pet relationships are true love, and if approached well, can bring you and your true love closer together instead of farther apart.