When it comes to pets or siblings, more kids would rather spend more time with their dog or cat.
A study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology' compared the relationships between 12-year-olds and their siblings and pets.
The kids reported more satisfaction and fewer challenges with their pet than with a sibling.
Overall, girls reported a stronger bond with their pet compared to boys.
The author of the study hopes it leads to a better understanding of how pets help child development.