Dog has long been called man's best friend, but these days, it depends who you ask. Cats owners are just as passionate about the bond with their pets as dog owners, and recent data from a Kelton Research survey
The survey found that 31 percent of respondents would rather talk to their cat after a long day than their best friend, children or parents.
"Cats are members of the family and we rely on them for companionship," said Sue Resnicoff, Director of Cat Food Marketing for Del Monte Foods. "There is a bond formed between pet parents and their cats that extends well beyond meows to an intuitive relationship that provides a deeper understanding."
A whopping 33 percent said they feel as though they communicate with their feline friends better than they do with their significant other, and 39 percent said their cat is more likely to pick up on their mood than a romantic partner.
Despite the apparent benefits cat companionship can bring, an estimated 5 to 7 million companion animals are surrendered to shelters across the U.S. each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
. Cat lovers can help animals
like these by adopting from a local shelter or donating to an animal rescue