Pet Obsessions – Are Our Dogs and Cats Taking Over Our Lives? From Met Gala to Merch

Pet owners love their pets – but are we becoming obsessed? From cat-based fashion to pet tattoos, people are finding more obscure ways to show their love for their animals.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways our pet obsessions are running wild.

Cat Fashion at the Met Gala

If you want to see an example of how our pets are taking over, just look at the Met Gala. Doga Cat arrived dressed in a jeweled cat gown, Jared Leto showed up in a full-body fluffy catsuit, and Lil Nas X was a silver cat who would only respond to interviewers with a “meow.” Cats dominated this fashion showcase!

Pet Tattoos

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25% of people who own a pet either have a tattoo of their pet or are actively planning to get one. And another 25% of pet owners would consider it! That’s a lot of ink and a lot of permanent pet memories.

Pet Pictures

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People love to have items around their home that remind them of their pet – 42% of pet owners have something that resembles their pet, and 44% have an actual picture of their pet printed on something – most commonly an item of clothing.

Portable Pet Reminders

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If you can’t bear to be without your pet for even a minute, you aren’t alone. 17% of people have their pet’s picture printed on a phone case. Just imagine how many others have their pet as their phone screensaver too!

Pet Merch Store

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People don’t just love their pets – they’re convinced others will too. As many as a third of pet owners have custom-designed their own pet merch, and half have considered selling their merch to others. 

Social Media Profiles

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Six out of every ten pet owners believe their pet is special enough to go viral online. And around half of those have made a social media profile dedicated to their pet to see it happen. How many animals are you friends with online?

Icebreaker Pets

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Striking up a conversation with someone new can be tricky, but what’s a good icebreaker? Your pet, of course. One in three people has admitted to talking about their pet as a way of starting a conversation about themselves rather than talking about their history or hobbies.

Conversations with Pets

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Who needs another human when you’re in the mood for a chat? Over half of all pet owners admit to having regular conversations with their cats and dogs. They do make excellent listeners!


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It’s not just casual conversations that we have with our pets. 48% of people surveyed about their pet habits have said that they have told their pet a secret that nobody else knows. Well, if you HAVE to tell someone, a pet won’t carry on the gossip.

Comparing Obsessions

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People aren’t blindly becoming obsessed with their pets. In fact, most people (68%) believe they are more obsessed with their dog or cat than the other pet owners they know in their family or social circle. Are we starting to get competitive over our love for our pets?

This survey inspired this post. This article was inspired by the Internet and does not reflect the views and opinions of Floppycats.

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