updated 12/19/2008 AT 12:37 PM ET
•originally published 12/19/2008 AT 12:30 PM ET
Imagine you’re stranded on a deserted island – and, you’re allowed to select a human companion OR a pet to join you. Which would you choose? More than 1 in 10 female pet owners would pick their furry friends, a new survey from Lifetime Television says. And, 12 percent of women surveyed said they have sacrificed a human relationship for their animal pals, while 90 percent consider their pets part of the family.
And one more stat, just for fun: Never mind the economy, pets are making out like bandits this Christmas! In the survey, 68 percent of women confessed to buying their Fidos and Fluffys holiday or birthday presents. Have you got your pet covered? Be sure to check out our gift guide for a few ideas!