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Poll finds that pets are part of the family

by Susan Wyatt


Posted on June 23, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 23 at 9:15 AM

bobirthday.jpgAn Associated poll finds that half of all American pet owners consider their pets as much a part of the family as any other person in the household. Another 36 percent said their pet is part of the family, but not a full member.

Single people were more likely to say a pet was a full member of the family than married people, and men were less likely to call their pet a full member of the household.
Other findings:
- Most pet owners cop to feeding animals human food,
- Nearly half give the animals human names
- Nearly a third let them sleep with them.
- While just 19 percent had bought an outfit for a pet, 43 percent felt their pet had its own "sense of style."