A recent study, commissioned by Freshpet, reveals that most American pet parents (83 per cent) say that spending time with their four-legged companion during lockdown improved their mood more than online shopping or spending time with their significant other.
Even more surprisingly, over a third of American pet owners (37 per cent) would choose to quarantine with their furry friend rather than their partner, if there was a second wave of COVID-19 lockdown.
A majority of pet parents say that the pandemic has shed new light on how much their dogs mean to them, so much so that many of them have reconsidered their ways of living to accommodate their pups during these uncertain times.
While animal welfare organizations have warned about the financial cost of this COVID-induced pet frenzy, most pet owners have been careful about meeting all of the needs of their four-legged friends.
According to the American Pet Products Association, a majority of pet parents reported that their spending has not been influenced by the state of the economy during the pandemic.
More than three-in-five owners claim that they have spent the same amount of money on their little companions as they did pre-pandemic, while 21 percent have spent either a little or a lot more.