According to the book, For the Love of Cats: -- A surprising 58% of Americans see their pet's veterinarian more often than they see their own physician. -- If away from home during the day, 82 percent of Americans think of their pet more than once. -- If marooned on an island and able to choose only one companion, 50% of Americans would pick a dog or cat over a human. -- In one study, when asked, "Who listens to you best?" 45% of respondents chose their pet, while only 30% chose their spouse or significant other.