The coronavirus lockdown was hard on everyone, but some folks got through it better than others thanks to the love of their four-legged family.
A new survey finds:
- 72% of pet owners admit they wouldn’t have survived the coronavirus if it weren’t for the pet’s company.
- 81% said the time with their pets in lockdown made them feel closer to them than ever before.
- In fact, 70% of pet owners insist they know their pet a lot better now than pre-lockdown.
But all that time together has caused pet owners to notice various behavioral changes in their furry friends.
- 60% actually say they’ve noticed their pet acting differently than before the coronavirus.
- On the plus side, 27% of people say their pet’s behavior improved, although 17% say it’s gotten worse.
- As for how their pets’ behavior has changed:
- They’re more active (36%)
- They’re more needy (31%)
- They’re struggling to go up and down the stairs (27%)
- They are more curious than usual (26%)
Of course, all this extra time with their pets may soon come to an end, and the idea of that has pet owners worried.
- Two in three pet owners are concerned about how their pets will handle them not being around as much.
- For this reason, 56% think they’ll cut down on social activities so they can be home more for their pets.
- Another third plan to take their pet with them whenever they leave the house.
- 17% are even thinking about getting another pet to give their furbabies a companion for when they go back to work.