The results of the RSPCA NSW Animal Census are in, and 82 per cent of respondents believe they are their pet’s favourite person.

The study into pet ownership looked at a variety of different topics, including whether people were a ‘dog person’ or a ‘cat person’ – 46 per cent favoured pooches, 15 per cent were in favour of cats, and 37 per cent loved all animals.

It also found that 88 per cent of people celebrated their pet’s birthday and 28 per cent held a party for their pet.

There was also a look at what cheeky things your pet gets up to, with 16 per cent saying their pet had stolen food, nine per cent had damaged furniture, four per cent had chewed shoes, and 20 per cent of pets were little angels who had never done any of those naughty things.

Pets were also found to be more afraid of loud noises than being afraid of other animals, at 16 and five per cent respectively, while 27 per cent are not afraid of anything.

RSPCA is the most common destination for prospective owners to find a new pet at 47 per cent, other rescue organisations and breeders came in at 32 and 16 per cent.