More than a third of devoted pet owners admit they were totally unprepared for the commitment – and mess – their furry friends would bring to the household.
But vet bills (27 percent), picking up poo (26 percent) and barking or meowing all hours of the night (19 percent) are nothing compared to the chaos caused by the molting (31 percent) of four-legged family members.
A poll of 2,000 dog and cat owners revealed half are disgusted by the hair and mess their pets create in their home.
And 27 percent admitted to finding cat or dog hair in their food, while one in 10 have even found them on their toothbrush.
As a result, nearly a fifth went as far as to say they weren’t prepared for the hair and muck their furry friend would create.
It also emerged 32 percent have been left red-faced after guests had pet hair in their food, with 15 percent refusing to invite people into their home as a result.
Luke Harding, general manager of Electrolux UK & Ireland for home and kitchen appliance maker AEG, which commissioned the research, said: “Pets always make a great addition to the home, but they come with a number of commitments.