Survey shows more than half of Americans polled care about their pet’s health more than their own

It’s already known that Americans spend billions every year on their furry or feathered friends, but a new survey shows just how into them we are. 

According to a non-scientific poll of 2,000 American pet owners that was commissioned by Met Life, 58% of all Americans care about their pet’s health more than their own. 

What’s more, we spend $4,500 on our pets’ basic needs every year, according to respondents, with two in five pet owners saying that having a pet is just as expensive, if not more, than raising a child. Three in five pet parents allocate around 200 bucks per paycheck just for their pets’ needs, like food, flea and tick medicine, and of course, toys. 

In fact, 52% of respondents say they spend more on their pets than they do on themselves. But they’re not holding a grudge about that, evidently — 74% said the cost isn’t an object, as long as their pet is happy and healthy.