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More than Three Out of Five Pet Owners Share Bed with Their Animals

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nine out of ten pet owners say they consider their pet to be a member of the family, and for 67 percent of those folks, that relationship includes frequently or occasionally sharing a bed at night.

Thirty-three percent of pet owners say they rarely or never share a bed with their pet.  The stats come from a new Harris Poll on Americans and their pets.

Additional findings:

  • 60 percent of Americans have a pet.  Among these pet owners, two-thirds have a dog while just over half have a cat.  About one in ten have a fish, and less than one in ten pet owners have a bird or some other type of pet.
  • 61 percent of dog owners have just one pooch, while 28 percent have two dogs and 11 percent have three or more dogs in the house.
  • 46 percent of cat owners have just one cat while one-third have two felines.  Twenty-two percent have three or more cats.  Four percent of the surveyed cat owners admit to having six or more in their home.
  • 31 percent frequently purchase holiday presents for their pet, while another three in ten occasionally do so.
  • 18 percent frequently buy their pets birthday presents and 22 percent do so occasionally.
  • 19 percent admit to frequently or occasionally dressing up their pet in some type of clothing.  Eighty-percent say they rarely or never do.
  • 10 percent of pet owners have taken their pets with them to work, while 82 percent say they have never done so.

The Harris Poll surveyed 2,634 U.S. adults.

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