Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Not News To Us: Poll says Americans consider pets family

Susan Jacobs, cosmetics consultant and freelance journalist, and Kingston, her 4-year-old poodle mix, share a moment at what Jacobs describes as Kingston's "condo within a condo," at her home in Long Beach, Calif., Saturday, June 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

An Associated poll released Tuesday found 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.

And that means pets often get the human touch: Most pet owners cop to feeding animals human food, nearly half give the animals human names and nearly a third let them sleep in a human bed. While just 19 percent had bought an outfit for a pet, 43 percent felt their pet had its own "sense of style."

The poll was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media from May 28-June 1, 2009. It is based on landline and cellular telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,110 pet owners. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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