If you are like me and had pets growing up, I can attest that the first living being outside of myself that I had to care for myself to make sure they had food, water and shelter included a cat. One thing about love is that it is unconditional and goes beyond the human to human connection but also includes the animal and human bond. Raising both my girl cats Precious and Dusty, I can say for sure in my lifetime my soulmate had paws.
With Valentine’s day coming up, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting stats and also some Redbubble art reflective of my love of animals.
Did you know?
When it comes to the matters of the heart and that perfect feeling they give us, animal welfare non-profit Michelson Found Animals recently conducted a survey that found that the majority of people consider their pet(s) one of the greatest loves of their life.
Check out the infographic and some of these interesting statistics below:
- 81% of people say that they consider their pet(s) one of the greatest loves of their life
- And 20% of people say their pets are their true loves
- 24% of people say their pet was their first love
- And 47% of people say their pet taught them how to love
- 41% of people say that if they aren’t in a relationship, they would choose to spend Valentine’s Day cuddling with their pet(s)
- And 42% of people say that if they are in a relationship, they would choose to spend Valentine’s Day with their partner AND their pet(s)
Source: 2019 Survey of 1,111 Americans who have or have had pets by Survey Monkey for Michelson Found Animals
Infographic courtesy of Michelson Found Animals.
Biggest lesson learned
Looking back on my past experience raising Precious and Dusty I can say unequivocally that they taught me what it means to love unconditionally. They loved me at my best and worst, bare face or made up, fat or thin and everything in between. They both shared some of the biggest milestones of my life including cross country moves, road trips, jobs changes and marriage. I’m so blessed to have the honor of being their mommy. Without a doubt my soulmate had paws.
Precious and Dusty have long since gained their angel wings and today I am proud to be a new foster mom helping show love to homeless cats in need of loving forever homes. Every being should know what it’s like to be wanted, respected and loved.
What about you? Do you feel the same way? Would you say your pet is your soul mate too? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Did you enjoy this post? Then you should check out my other blog post 10 Life Lessons my cats taught Me!
Are you a fan of art? Check out my acrylic and digital art designs on my Redbubble shop by clicking the image below.