There is nothing quite as soothing as cuddling your cat or dog when feeling down in the dumps. They have a lovely manner of making us feel better in a way that nothing else can.
A survey for My Social Petwork revealed that 50 per cent of the nation's cat and dog owners share the sentiment – going as far as to seek solace from their animal companion rather than a loved one.
The poll of 1,124 pet owners carried out by Opinion Matters further showed that seven per cent of owners had bailed on a date to be with their pet and four per cent confessed to calling in sick to spend time with them.
TV vet and pet expert Emma Milne said: "The results of the census shows that the majority of pet owners in the UK are doing a fantastic job in providing their pet a healthy and happy life by putting their pets first."