The surprising secrets of pet owners
HOW much has your pet changed your life?
Research from Pawshake has revealed owning a pet can significantly impact life choices and behaviours in many ways.
While Australians are facing many challenges buying their first home, the research shows people are still putting their pets as one of their top priorities.
Pawshake found 87.5% of Australians wouldn't rent or buy their dream home if they couldn't include their beloved pets in the purchase.
Two thirds of survey respondents said they'd choose a pet over having a child if they could only afford to have one of the two.
Additionally, they seemed to be more forgiving of pets than children with 77.5% admitting they would be more angry if their child ruined a piece of furniture.
It seems people are also more interested in their neighbour's pets, with 74.9% saying they would recognise a neighbours' pet before the neighbour.
Almost nine in 10 pet owners say they take their pet to the vet more than they take themselves to the doctor.