More than a third of dedicated pet owners admit they were completely unprepared for the commitment – and the mess – their furry friends would bring home.
But vet bills (27%), picking up poop (26%) and barking or meowing at all hours of the night (19%) pale in comparison to the shedding chaos (31%) of four-legged animals. family members.
A survey of 2,000 dog and cat owners found that half of them are disgusted by the hair and mess their pets create in their homes.
And 27% admitted to finding cat or dog hair in their food, while one in 10 even found it on their toothbrush.
As a result, almost a fifth went so far as to say they were unprepared for the hair and mud their furry friend would create.
It also emerged that 32% had been blushed after guests had animal hair in their food, with 15% refusing to invite people into their homes.
Luke Harding, managing director of Electrolux UK & Ireland for home and kitchen appliance maker AEG, who commissioned the research, said: “Pets always make a great addition to the home, but they come with a number of commitments.
“Whether it’s paying vet or insurance bills, ruining furniture, or shedding hair all over the house, it can be a handful.
“But they can also give so much more, and I think our research shows that no matter how much hair or embarrassment your pet may cause, they’re still worth the transplant.”
The study also found that 35% of pet owners wish their furry pals didn’t shed so much, and 28% feel like they spend all their time cleaning fur around the house.
In fact, the average homeowner estimates they spend two hours and 18 minutes a week sweeping and vacuuming up unsightly pet hair.
The sofa, clothes, in their bed and even their mouth are among the places that frequently collect canine and feline hair.
However, six in ten believe they have reached a point where they have “accepted” that their home will always be riddled with cat or dog hair, and have simply stopped caring – taking a year and eight months to get to this point.
It also emerged that 24% of respondents find that they notice pet hair less often in others than in themselves.
But 61% even wonder how their pet’s hair managed to find its way into the most unusual places.
And 38% said dogs are the biggest culprits when it comes to leaving fur around the house.
Despite the results of the research, conducted via OnePoll, seven out of 10 people wouldn’t dream of getting rid of their pet for a cleaner home.
Although 41% think they should replace their broken or tired vacuum cleaner to lighten the pet’s coat around their home.
Luke Harding added: “Keeping pet hair in your home under control can be tricky, especially when you can’t see it and it’s only when you find it on your clothes that you realize it’s there. .
“But a decent vacuuming and mopping schedule can make a huge difference – getting to the hair before it goes anywhere else.”