Bitten, Chewed, Licked, Drooled and Damaged by Pets
SquareTrade, a top-rated cell phone insurance protection provider, released an interesting study on how much damage household pets cause to electronic devices. The study suggests that cell phones, including iPhones and Android devices, account for 1/3rd of all pet related device damage. 3/4ths of these broken smartphones were not covered under any third party protection or insurance policy – a finding which puts a new perspective on the phrase “my dog ate my phone.”
“After seeing so many claims come in that involved pets, we decided to look into the data and see just how big a problem this was. And the results were pretty astounding,” said Ty Shay, CMO at SquareTrade. “Using an $800 smartphone as a chew toy is a pricey slipup, not to mention it’s the device most of us can’t live without.”
Other Interesting Facts:
- Chewing accounted for 2/3rds of all pets related damage to electronics.
- 21% of damage comes from pets distracting owners who are using their electronics.
- Peeing and Vomiting – 1/6th of cat or dog owners say that at least one of their pets has used the potty or thrown-up on their electronic device.
- 2/3rds of all pet damage to electronics happens when the pet is unsupervised.
Really makes you rethink about the total cost of pet ownership!
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