Our pets are lucky we love them, because they haven't been so good in the not-breaking-things department.
We may only be a few months into the year, but American pets have already damaged a lot of expensive stuff in 2017, according to a recent report by insurance company SquareTrade.
The report, which includes data from a February 2017 survey by SquareTrade, as well as The American Pet Products Association's 2015-2016 National Pet Owners Study, said that smartphones topped the list of damaged devices, at 59%. But laptops, tablets, game consoles and TVs were also well represented.
How did these pets damage the devices? Chewing of course! It's no secret that pets love to chew, and that love caused 59% of the damage. However, knocking things off the counter, spilling liquid on the device and stepping on it were also favored methods of destruction.
The most likely culprits were small, middle-aged male pets, so if you have a pet with those attributes, look out! Other tell-tale signs of destroyers include boredom and curiosity. A whopping 73% of pet owners described their destructive pets as bored, while 61% described them as curious. Boredom seems understandable, as the report also noted that half of pet owners leave their pet alone for more than six hours.
The more you pamper your pet, the more likely they may be to destroy things, as well, as 53% described their pet as spoiled.
It all seems rather comical until you realize that American pets damage an average of 3.3 devices per owner, totaling $14.6 billion in damages. But iPhones are replaceable, after all.
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