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Pet Parents Rely on Pets More than Technology: BlogPaws Reports

H2New data suggests that while pet parents are heavily immersed in
social media sites, a whopping 47 percent of those same pet parents believe
owning a pet is better for one’s life than engaging in social networking sites.
 Yes, pet parents of America (and we bet
many of our International bloggers and microbloggers), pets are a great boost
to our social lives.

In its latest extensive research findings, Mintel (via Research Brief blog) reports that 16
percent of pet parents are interested in technologies that help further and
enhance their relationship with pets. Surprisingly, another 28 percent of
respondents to the research study claim that online and promotional discounts
on pet related products are received by them regularly.

BlogPaws rejoices in these findings, but as the original social
media and online community for pet bloggers and microbloggers, we’re not
surprised. Consider these facts filed by the report as you look for blog
fodder, look to your non-human family members, and wonder if pet bloggers and
microbloggers really matter (btw, YES we do!):

  •  Are you a tv viewer or a pet watcher? Only 7 percent of those
    surveyed said they’d rather crash in front of the television than spend their
    time interacting with pets. That means a huge 93 percent of pet parents want to
    spend free time with their pets.
  • Have you noticed the type of branding and merchandising used by
    pet industry companies these days? Astute bloggers, no doubt you know all about
    skateboarding dogs, online cat awards, and even commercials that only dogs can
    hear. Squeaky toy, anyone?
  • Technology, it is believed, will not replace the affection pet
    parents (though the report calls us owners) have for their pets, it will
    further strengthen the human-pet emotional bond.
  • Have you heard of Habri as a resource? They celebrate the
    human-animal bond. Imagine that: An entire company formed to celebrate,
    investigate, and analyze the Human-Animal Bond, and” ultimately to use
    results of that research to help support further research and make informed
    decisions to improve both human and animal health.” Are you standing up and cheering
    as much as we are?

    One of the key questions the latest report from Mintel attempts to
    quantify and answer is, “how will the aging population of both owners and pets
    change pet owners needs and spending behaviors?” Perfect timing, Mintel: August
    is Senior Pets Month at BlogPaws.

    According to AVMA's U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, pet
    ownership was up in 2012, especially among people who were divorced, widowed or
    separated. This group saw a 17.7 percent increase from 51.3 percent pet
    ownership in 2006 to 60.4 percent in 2011. Even more impressive, pet ownership
    among single men increased by 27.7 percent. Many pets are from shelters and
    many are not puppies or kittens, so the population of older pets is definitely
    on the increase.

    The Mintel report primarily covers owners of household pets
    including cats and dogs, but the truth is that pet parent applies to many
    species. BlogPaws’ co-founder, Yvonne DiVita, tells emarketer.com, “Pets are
    very important members of the family. There are many marketers and brands
    jumping on the pet/family bandwagon. But, they’re not showing as much support
    as they could—beyond simply talking about it. We can teach them how to include
    the pet as a family member.

    “Pet owners are feeling the pressure to be good parents for their
    animals,” says Mintel analyst, Ika Erwina. “Advanced technology may seem to be a
    potential threat, but current innovations have shown that it is instead being
    used as an instrument to enhance human connectedness with their pets.”

    BlogPaws couldn’t agree more.

    How social are you with your pets? Are they enhancing your social
    life or do you rely more on technology to keep you social? Perhaps a bit of
    both? We’re all ears and curious what side of the social fence you are on; or
    perhaps you’ve got a leash on both sides.


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    1. I really enjoyed this article. I have noticed some commercials are interjecting a cat, dog, or other animal into their presentations and it is obvious they are doing it only because pets are so important to so many people – but they really don’t get it. It’s both pitiful and comical.

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