Are You Overly Obsessed with Your Pet?

By: Amanda

Are You Overly Obsessed with Your Pet?
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About This Quiz

You'll often see the figure, "90% of pet owners consider their pet part of the family". However, that information is a marketing "fact". It comes from an online survey of 1200 pet owners conducted by the American Pet Products Association. In real life, that's not always how it is. Sometimes the bond between human family and pet becomes strained due to the pet's behavioral problems (too aggressive, destroys the house when left alone, etc.) Or maybe there is a change in the family situation such as divorce, illness, job loss or new baby which makes the animal's presence a challenge for family members. Even allergies that surface after a pet adoption can cause a returned animal. 

If you think "that would never happen in MY family" then great! you are a passionate pet owner. If you're protecting their little paws from the elements with knitted shoes or bringing a new toy to them every night, you might be a bit obsessed. However, if you're someone who winces every time the dog needs exercise and brush its needs off with "it's just an animal", you may be a part-time or passive pet owner. Find out where you stand on the pet parent scale. Take this quiz now!

What was the first thing you did when you decided it was time to get a pet?
You bought several books about animal care, read through them, and took notes on various subjects.
You bought a few books and read through them.
You read a few articles in a specialty magazine or on a website.
You bought a few books and they are currently collecting dust.

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When you picked out a carrier or leash, what was the one thing you took into consideration?
Safety features.
Comfort.
Appearance.
Price.

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Do you have pet insurance?
Absolutely. You made sure you bought the platinum package.
You bought minimal coverage for your pet.
You had no idea that there was pet insurance, but you plan on purchasing it right away.
No.

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It is the first night your pet is in its new home. What do you do to calm its nerves?
You set up a sleeping bag in the room and sleep with them the first few days.
You set them up in a room near yours and put a baby monitor in the room to make sure they aren't in too much distress.
You put them in a room near yours.
Nothing because they will end up figuring things out anyhow.

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Your pet starts to display some quirky and nondestructive behavior. What do you do?
You consult the web to find out if others have experienced this behavior. If there are any other owners that have, you encourage it.
You chalk it up to an animal's uniqueness and learn to love it.
You do nothing.
You don't understand it, but it does need to be punished.

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What kind of dishes do you use to feed your pet?
Designer dishes recommended by experts.
Ceramic dishes with a pet specific pattern or shape.
Stainless steel dishes.
It uses your plates.

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If your pet needs to wear a collar, what kind do you get for it?
You get a designer collar with enough decorative accents to make it the cutest and safest collar around.
You get a safe and comfortable collar in a nice color.
You get a collar that is safe and comfortable in any color.
You just get any kind of collar.

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What kind of water do you tend to give your pet?
Filtered water, the same kind you drink.
You use a pet-sized water fountain.
You give them tap water that gets changed every day.
You give them tap water and monitor water levels.

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What kind of pet food do you give your pet?
All of your pet foods are organic and human grade.
You buy pet foods that cater to your pet's specific needs, but you don't go overboard.
You buy whatever is on sale.
You make sure that you buy the correct food in the discount aisle.

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How often do you take your pet to the vet?
The minute your pet displays any kind of strange behavior, you're on the phone.
If you notice strange behavior, you monitor your pet. If it persists, you contact the vet.
You take your pet in for annual checkups.
You take your pet to the vet when it is feeling sick.

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One of your pet's favorite toys is on its last legs. What do you do?
You continuously repair it, adding patches and stitches where necessary. There will be a day when it is time to get rid of the toy, but you make it last as long as you can. In the meantime, you get a duplicate for when it does happen.
You let your pet keep it as long as it isn't a hindrance to the pet's well-being, and you get a duplicate for when it is time to let it go.
You let your pet keep it as long as it doesn't hurt the pet.
You throw it out.

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How often do you play with your pet?
Whenever you can.
You play with them whenever you think they want to.
Maybe once or twice a week.
Once in a while.

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If your pet needed to go outside and it's cold, what do you do?
You put a coat and booties on it, shovel out a path, and use pet-friendly snow melting methods.
You put a coat on it, shovel out a path, and use pet-friendly snow melting methods.
You create a path for it.
Nothing.

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Take a look around your home. How many toys for your pet are there?
You have bought so many toys that you've had to donate some to an animal shelter.
Your pet has its own toy chest, filled with toys.
Your pet has quite a few toys.
You notice a few toys.

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You go to the pet store and see there is a new line of toys and accessories based off of your favorite movie. What do you do?
You buy everything, some in duplicate.
You buy one or two of the toys.
You buy the toys or accessories only if your pet needs them.
Nothing. Pets don't care about movies.

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Let's look at the sleeping situation. What's your pet sleeping on?
They started out with their own bed, but now they sleep with you.
They have their own bed in your room.
They are locked out of your room at night, but they have a bed to sleep on.
They are locked out of your room at night, but have somewhere comfortable to sleep.

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Do you know your pet's birthday?
You were there when your pet was born.
You were able to estimate when your pet was born.
You know around what age the pet is but you can't be sure.
Not a clue.

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It's your pet's birthday. Do you do anything to celebrate?
You go all out. You start with a trip to the pet spa and then throw a pet party for them.
You'll treat them to their favorite food and get them a few new toys.
You'll treat them to either their favorite food or get them some new toys.
You'll treat them to special food.

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Whenever Halloween hits, what are you and your pet doing?
You've picked out their costume, photographed them in several cute positions (as well as posting them to social media), and are going to participate in a pet parade.
You've gotten them a costume. You may take them out for trick or treating with the kids.
You buy some Halloween treats and make sure they are safe from the onslaught of trick or treaters.
You make sure that they are safe from the trick or treaters.

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When it comes to Christmas, what do you do for your pet?
Everything. Costumes, visits with Santa, a stocking for them filled with new toys, and a special dinner.
You take them for photos with Santa and get them some new toys.
You get them a few new toys.
Nothing because they don't know or care about Christmas.

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When you look around your home, how many pieces of decor have a pet specific theme?
All of them.
A majority of them.
About half.
Barely any.

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If you look at your phone, how many photos are of your pet?
All of them.
A majority of them.
About half of them.
About a quarter of them.

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If you use social media, what amount of your posts are about your pet?
None. Your pet has its own accounts.
A majority of your posts.
About half of your posts.
Only a portion of your posts.

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If your pet needs to go outside, how do you handle it?
After taking the time to train them, you get a Gentle Leader leash to make walks as pain free as possible.
After getting some training, you take them out for walks.
You train them a little and get a leash to take them out if you need to.
You get a leash and let them drag you around.

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If you want to take your pet outside to get acquainted, how do you handle it?
You make sure you bring a water dish outside, as well as a playpen, so they can play safely.
You bring out their favorite toys and water when they are outside.
You make sure that you bring out a water dish and put them on a harnessed leash while you are out.
You make sure they have a leash.

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How often do you bathe your pet?
You take your pet to the groomers once a month.
You take your pet to the groomers whenever you think they need a bath.
You've never bathed your pet.
You take your pet to the spa once a week.

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You're leaving for work. What do you do to make sure your pet is safe and sound?
You pet them, put them in a bed, turn on a television show geared towards your pet, and monitor your pet while at work.
You place your pet in its bed and turn on the radio.
You turn on the radio and leave your pet to its own devices.
You leave your pet to its own devices.

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If you were going to go on a trip, what would you do with your pet?
You bring them with you.
You hire a pet sitter to stay in your home while you are gone.
You take them to a top-of-the-line pet hotel.
You take them to a kennel.

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While on your trip, do you buy a souvenir for your pet?
Only one? You buy several.
Sure, another toy or treat couldn't hurt.
You may if you have enough money.
No.

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On vacation, how often do you contact your caretakers about your pet's well being?
You took your pet with you.
You request a photo or text from the pet sitter every day to indicate whether or not your pet is okay.
You call the petsitter or kennel once or twice a week.
You leave instructions to only call if your pet is having health issues.

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