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FaceTime calls, sharing baths, and kissing them goodbye — research reveals the things UK pet owners do for the love of their pets...

New research has found that a large number of pet owners are going out of their way to do things for their animals, as they turn to them for comfort and company amid the stresses and strains of modern life.

Almost half of those surveyed (47%) allow their pets to sleep in their bed, a quarter (26%) have them accompany them to the toilet, and some even let their pets join them when they have a shower or bath.

The research, commissioned by Lily’s Kitchen to mark the launch of their ‘It’s Not Loopy, It’s Love’ campaign, highlights the lengths UK pet owners will go to to demonstrate love for their animal companions that those who don’t have pets would surely find a little odd. The results of the research should give pet parents the confidence and freedom to celebrate the things they do for their pets.

Almost a third (31%) kiss their pets goodbye before leaving for work, 39% let them lick their face, and 16% even kiss them on the lips.

According to the survey, the nation’s pets are also ruling the roost at mealtimes. 36% cook for our pets, more than one in 10 (12%) get up in the early hours of the morning to feed them, and some even have their own designated seat at the dinner table.

It is clear that UK pet owners see their pet as part of the family with a third (34%) referring to themselves as their pet’s mummy or daddy. One in three buy birthday presents for their pets, 32% sign their name in greetings cards, and 15% have taken the day off work to look after their pet when it has been feeling under the weather.

15% admitted to having a friend or relative call them so they could speak to their pet on the phone and some have even resorted to chatting with our animals over WhatsApp, FaceTime or Skype suggesting that Brits find being away from their pets very difficult.

Other things we do for our pets include reading to them, letting them choose what to watch on TV, throwing them birthday parties, taking them to the pub, and creating social media profiles for them.

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