When it comes to curating a dating profile, singles may spend countless hours figuring out which photos show off their best angles.
But experts now believe that attraction really all comes down to the animals you’re photographed with, as 76 percent of dates would be tempted to swipe right if a cat was seen.
Dating app FindingTheOne surveyed 2,000 of its users about their likes and pet peeves when it comes to furry friends online.
While dogs are typically considered a man’s best friend, the results show they certainly don’t make the best wingmen, as only 41 percent of users were tempted to date a puppy’s parent.
Meanwhile, a shocking 62 percent wouldn’t mind falling in love with a snake or lizard owner – and 23 percent even find them “sexy.”
The dating app FindingTheOne surveyed 2,000 users about animals in dating profiles
YOUR PETS RANKED
- Cats: 76 percent of users would swipe right
- Snakes and lizards: 62 percent said they wouldn’t mind falling in love with their owner
- Horses: 61 percent said they would swipe right on a profile with a horse
- Hamster: 57 percent of singles would match a profile of these furry creatures
- Rabbits: More than half (52 percent) admitted to stealing a rabbit directly from the owner
- Dogs: Only 41 percent said they would be persuaded to swipe right on a profile with a dog
- Fish: Only 24 percent would be tempted by a profile showing a pet fish
“Dogs have always had a reputation as the pet of choice for tugging at partners’ heartstrings while cats took a back seat – but our new research suggests the dog has already had its day,” says Sylvia Linzalone, a relationship speaker the website, said MailOnline.
“It’s the cat that’s finally coming out on top in the world of online dating – and singles should heed our advice to update their profile with a picture of their furry feline friend.”
The study simply asked respondents to vote “yes” or “no” on whether they would match if they saw a dating profile with each pet.
Participants were also asked to provide further comments on their reasons to help experts better understand their dating habits.
A remarkable 54 percent of respondents said they had received an opening message that said “I love your cat” or something similar in the past.
Horses and rabbits made it to the top spot for cats, while 57 percent also noted that on the surface, hamster owners seem “gentle” and “caring.”
Fish owners can expect choppy waters, however, as a whopping 76 percent would swipe left on a profile featuring these animals.
Even back then, almost a third were asked to bring a pet on a first date, while an incredible 21 percent preferred the pet to their partner.
Nearly 80 percent said they would swipe right on a profile with a cat lover. Meanwhile, only 41 percent of users were tempted to date the parent of a puppy
Around 62 percent of users said they wouldn’t mind falling in love with a snake or lizard owner, while 57 percent also noted that on the surface, hamster owners seem “gentle” and “caring.”
You might be surprised to know that 23 percent of dating app users find snake and lizard owners “sexy.” On the other hand, fish owners can expect choppy waters, as a whopping 76 percent would swipe left on a profile featuring these animals
Around 61 percent said they would swipe right on a dating profile that featured a horse
“Of course, including pets on your profile is still a smart way to attract a potential date. The science behind it is also quite simple,” Ms. Linzalone continued.
“Daters see positive qualities in pet owners such as commitment, companionship and loyalty – all attractive qualities on a first date.”
The psychologist Dr. Anna Sergent also agreed that character judgments often depend on how a person treats animals.
She told MailOnline: “People who own pets may appear more attractive as they appear more trustworthy and able and willing to look after a potentially vulnerable pet.”
“People tend to imagine that pet owners are dedicated and devoted to caring for their pets and that they might do the same for their partner.”
When asked why cats are particularly popular on dates, she added: “Maybe it’s the idea that cats tend to be more independent than dogs.”
“There may also be a perception that cat owners are good at reading body language and are more likely to engage, as cats are more introverted than dog owners.”
READ MORE: Are Children BAD for Dogs? According to a study, puppies who spend more time with children have poorer health
Dogs are consistently shown to have a positive impact on children’s health – reducing the risk of eczema, asthma and even Crohn’s disease.
But scientists now claim that this is only a one-way street, as pooches who spend more time with children actually have worse health.
In a survey of more than 21,000 pet owners, Arizona State University wanted to find out what a dream lifestyle for optimal canine health would look like.
Researchers were shocked by the “detrimental” effects of children, while also finding that dogs from higher-income households were diagnosed with more diseases.
“We found that spending time with children actually has a detrimental effect on the health of dogs,” said MSc student Layla Brassington, who co-led the study.
Dogs who spend more time with children have been found to be less healthy overall (file image)