It's not considered STRANGE in this country to be OBSESSED with your pets . . . at least it's not strange until you hoard 832 cats and they stay alive by eating your carcass. Then it's strange. Until then, totally normal.
A new survey by CBS News and "Vanity Fair" dug even deeper into Americans' pet obsession. Here's what they found . . .
1. 15% of people say they'd spend ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY on medical treatments for their pets. Another 9% would spend between $5,000 and $10,000. The most common cap on pet medical expenses was $1,000, with 22% of the vote.
2. More than three-quarters of us would RISK OUR OWN LIVES to save pets from a fire. 78% would run into a burning house to save their pet. That includes 81% of dog owners and 71% of cat owners.
3. 42% of people ALWAYS trust their pet's instincts about other people . . . like, if their dog snarls and barks at someone, they believe the dog KNOWS it's a bad person.
4. What's the best reason NOT to get a pet? 28% of people say it's the expense . . . 27% say a pet makes it tougher to go on vacation . . . 20% say it's cleaning up after them . . . and 18% say it's hard because they eventually die.
5. 51% of people say they FLUSH a dead pet fish. 44% bury it. (CBS News)