A survey by the American Pet Products Association shows that 53% of dog owners and 38% of cat owners give their pets gifts during the holidays.
And according to another survey commissioned by Milo's Kitchen pet treats:
-81% regard their pets as full members of the family.
-58% call themselves their pets' "mommy" or "daddy."
-77% buy pets birthday gifts.
-More than half say they talk about pets more than politics or sex.
So if you find yourself falling somewhere in those percentages, don't worry, psychologists say you're not crazy.
A professor of psychology said:
"What's the harm? Someone may go spend $20 on a rhinestone collar. That's pretty much the worst that will happen.
Most people recognize, whatever endearments they use or actions they might take, that their pets are not furry humans."
Humans have apparently been doing this for a very long time too.
Back in ancient Roman times, fashionable woman would carry around small, bejeweled dogs with them around the city.
So get out there and pamper those pets!!
[Image via WENN.]