As crazy cat ladies — titles we bear with pride — we've been known to talk to our felines every now and then. (OK, so maybe it's a lot more often that that.) And according to a new survey, we're not the only ones. Cat owners, not surprisingly, are obsessed with their kitties, and they have some pretty over-the-top ways of expressing their love.
In a survey commissioned by Mars Petcare U.S., Inc. (a corporation that owns several pet-food brands, as well as some veterinary chains), 1,000 cat owners revealed all the adorable ways they bond with their felines. Almost half of all participants — a whopping 44 percent — admitted to having a framed photo of their kitties (they're basically like your kids, aren't they?). The average cat owner has 13 cat-related items in his or her home, including cat stuffed animals (43 percent) and calendars (38 percent).
Cat owners also take full advantage of their smartphone cameras: 47 percent of cat moms and dads photograph their fur babies, with three being the average number of attempts needed to get the "purr-fect" shot. And when kitties aren't getting their model on, they're usually chatting with their owners: On average, cat owners spend three-and-a-half hours each week talking to their kitties.
It's no surprise that cat parents feel incredibly bonded to their animals given how much time they're together (cat owners report spending nine hours per week cuddling their kittens). Around 93 percent of respondents said they feel a strong connection with their pet, and 60 percent said their cat helped them cope when they were lonely. In return for their kitties' unending love and support (even if it doesn't seem like cats are capable of love unless there's a treat involved), 81 percent of cat owners say they care deeply about their feline's happiness.
Looks like we can finally quash that terrible stereotype of cats as aloof creatures. We've always known our kitties are just lovey-dovey fluff balls deep down, and we now have the data to prove it.