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Table 4 CENSHARE attachment scale answers for favourite pet reported as owned by child

From: Pet ownership, dog types and attachment to pets in 9–10 year old children in Liverpool, UK

CENSHARE question, n (%) Almost always Often Sometimes Almost never Missing
1. Within your family, your pet likes you best 330 (57.0) 121 (20.9) 110 (19.0) 18 (3.1) 22
2. You are too busy to spend time with your pet 61 (10.7) 69 (12.1) 187 (32.8) 254 (44.5) 30
3. You spend time each day playing with or exercising your pet 200 (34.8) 154 (26.8) 120 (20.9) 100 (17.4) 27
4. Your pet comes to greet you when you arrive 343 (60.5) 67 (11.8) 71 (12.5) 86 (15.2) 34
5. You talk to your pet as a friend 263 (46.9) 90 (16.0) 111 (19.8) 97 (17.3) 40
6. Your pet is aware of your different moods 202 (35.9) 113 (21.1) 115 (20.5) 132 (23.5) 39
7. Your pet pays attention and obeys you quickly 205 (36.7) 102 (18.3) 138 (24.7) 114 (20.4) 42
8. You confide in your pet 209 (37.9) 85 (15.4) 96 (17.4) 161 (29.2) 50
9. You play with your pet when he/she approaches 324 (57.2) 102 (18.3) 77 (13.8) 54 (9.7) 44
10. You spend time each day training your pet 150 (25.6) 110 (20.1) 149 (27.2) 149 (27.2) 53
11. You show photos of your pet to your friends 165 (30.3) 82 (15.1) 112 (20.6) 186 (34.1) 56
12. You spend time each day grooming your pet 105 (18.9) 115 (20.7) 149 (26.8) 187 (33.6) 45
13. You ignore your pet when he/she approaches 50 (9.2) 20 (3.7) 53 (9.7) 421 (77.4) 57
14. When you come home, your pet is the first one you greet 297 (54.8) 69 (12.7) 88 (16.2) 88 (16.2) 59
15. Your pet tries to stay near you by following you 247 (45.4) 88 (16.2) 107 (19.7) 102 (18.8) 57
16. You buy presents for your pet 212 (39.0) 95 (17.5) 152 (28.0) 84 (15.5) 58
17. When you feel bad, you seek your pet for comfort 275 (50.6) 87 (16.0) 86 (15.8) 96 (17.7) 57
18. You prefer to be with your pet more than with most people you know 161 (29.7) 107 (19.7) 172 (31.7) 103 (19.0) 58
19. When your pet misbehaves you hit him/her 35 (6.5) 25 (4.6) 55 (10.2) 426 (78.7) 60
20. Your pet is a nuisance and a bother to you 65 (12.2) 39 (7.3) 84 (15.8) 345 (64.7) 68
21. You consider your pet to be a member of the family 431 (80.0) 33 (6.1) 36 (6.7) 39 (7.2) 62
22. When you feel bad, you seek your pet for comfort 281 (52.5) 74 (13.8) 95 (17.8) 85 (15.9) 66
23. You feel sad when you are separated from your pet 222 (41.4) 78 (14.6) 126 (23.5) 110 (20.5) 65
24. You like to have your pet sleep near your bed 218 (41.3) 40 (7.6) 87 (16.5) 183 (34.7) 73
25. You like to have your pet sleep on your bed 194 (36.7) 39 (7.4) 54 (10.2) 241 (45.6) 73
26. You like to have your pet near you when you study, read or watch TV 255 (47.7) 57 (10.7) 102 (19.1) 121 (22.6) 66
27. You don’t like your pet to get too close to you 54 (10.3) 27 (5.2) 45 (8.6) 396 (75.9) 79