9 Reasons Why Having a Pet Is Way Better Than Having a Boyfriend

A recent Harris poll of 2,205 Americans found that 62 percent currently have pets. And we sure do love our furry friends; according to the survey, a growing number of people buy birthday gifts for their cats and dogs, cook for them, and let them sleep in their beds. In fact, if you ask us, having a pet is a whole lot better than having a man in your life. Here are just a few (very un-scientific) reasons why.

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Sometimes after a long day, you just need some good ol' fashioned loving—minus the whole getting naked thing.

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You know how you hate waking up in the middle of the night to find your guy wrapped in the blankets while you're left with nothing? Yeah, that's not a problem.

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Finally, a partner that actually likes watching Real Housewives of New York with you (and isn't it amazing that you both agree Bethenny has the best one-liners?).

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4/9 Alyssa Zolna

Honestly, Fido could care less about how long you spend primping with face masks, curling irons, and self-tanner.

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For real, though—animals are loyal 'til the end.

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You can vent as much as you want about your evil coworker or your flaky friend without being interrupted with an opinion you didn't ask for.

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Your furball is perfectly content with whatever he's served—whether it's home-cooked or takeout (hey, you can't be expected to prep a meal from scratch every night).

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8/9 Alyssa Zolna

Could you stay mad at a face like this...

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Photograph courtesy of @irisheyes0121/Instagram

or this...?

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Photograph courtesy of @divaksofia/Instagram

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9/9 Alyssa Zolna

Enough said. Woof.

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