One in 10 grownups in a relationship with a pet owner suspect their other half loves their animal even more than them, according to special research by Confused.com.
And one in 20 admit to feeling jealous when their partner spends even more time with their pet than them.
This animal paranoia could be justified, nonetheless, as one in 10 owners declare they do really enjoy their animal even more than their partner.
And a similar number-- 11 per cent - admit their animal is the most essential thing in their life.
Pet custody battles
A 3rd of pet owners state they resort to treating their animal like a kid by holding it around the home and purchasing it gifts.
And, ought to they divide from their partner, it seems these doting "parents" would do anything to keep hold of their pet.
Nearly one in 10 animal owners-- equivalent to virtually 2 million individuals-- state they would go as far as taking their ex-partner to court to obtain custody of a shared animal.
And for some owners, their pet is so important to them that one in 10 state they would dispose their partner if they didn't get on with their animal.
Animals a 'deal-breaker'.
Meanwhile, almost a third of animal-loving Brits wouldn't even think about dating somebody who didn't like animals.
Yet for some individuals it's having a pet that can be a "deal-breaker" when it pertains to choosing a partner.
Eight per cent of the 2,000 adults surveyed state they would not go out with someone who had an animal.
When asked why, a 3rd concerns their partner's pet may not like them, and one in 10 stressed their partner's ex may still involve see the pet.
Most off-putting animals.
For the 54 per cent of Brits who would shun a possible partner due to the fact that of their pet, it's merely down to the truth that they don't like animals.
Men are particularly unimpressed with females who have a snake, with 29 per cent admitting to being postponed at the prospect of sharing a space with a reptile.
Regardless of a range of strange and wacky animals available at pet shops nowadays, it is in fact canines that are the most off-putting animal.
Even more than a 3rd of individuals could reject a potential partner based upon their ownership of an animal pooch.
60 % animal owners lack pet insurance.
Regardless of many owners professing an undying love for their pets, a majority do not have any insurance.
Around 60 per cent admitted not having animal insurance to cover costs such as unexpected operations, treatments or the expense of searching for a missing out on pet.
Kate Rose, head of animal insurance at Confused.com, states: "According to our research it would seem that many individuals favor spending quality time with their animals over their partners.
"Brits are populared for being animal lovers, however preferring to hang around snuggled up with the canine or cat over a partner exposes that 'guy's best buddy' is the main item of numerous individuals's affections.
"With this in mind, it's important for pet owners to have adequate cover to ensure their animal friend is properly protected need to the worst take place.".