Contact Us

The Perils of Being Single and Pet Possessed

crazy cat lady
Thinkstock

Single? Beware the curse of the cat. Or so says a recent survey out of the United Kingdom. Vetstreet‘s Dr. Patty Khuly has the story.

According to a Craigslist poll of British singles, owning a pet is perilous to your love life. That’s because, according to this survey, getting a date is tougher if you keep pets. What’s worse is that the survey suggests keeping certain types of pets can reduce the frequency of your romantic interludes.

Apparently, this sample of 513 Craigslist-posting unpaired Brits is very picky. Here are some of the poll’s findings.

Almost three times as many men (28 percent) would “feel less inclined to date” a dog owner, but only 10 percent would feel the same about a hamster or guinea pig keeper.

One in four men would feel similarly less disposed to date a cat owner.

Women pretty much mirrored men in their pet-related dating distastes, displaying only somewhat less aversion to those who keep cats and dogs and somewhat more to those who keep snakes, lizards, mice and spiders.

Speaking of spiders, both genders took issue with arachnids. In fact, almost half confessed a greater reluctance to date those who kept them. (For my part, I’d have to seriously question the fundamental drives of any adult who keeps spiders, but that’s got nothing to do with the spiders themselves.)

Interestingly, parrots came out ahead. Only 16 percent of all singles claimed to be less likely to date a parrot owner. (Which more than likely speaks to the fact that most people have never lived with one.)

Was I surprised? Well, kind of. I always thought pets were cool. If anything, they’re attractive, not an impediment.

In any case, this wasn’t welcome news to this newly single veterinarian. Think about it: If nearly a quarter of singles are less inclined to date a theoretical one-pet woman, what are they likely to conclude about the flesh-and-bone three-dog, four-cat, eleven-hen, one-goat me?

The only silver lining? Thirty-six percent of men felt the questions did not apply. It would seem they’ve concluded that pets are no impediment when it comes to matters of the heart. Shockingly, fewer women (29 percent) were so forgiving. Which probably means it’s a good thing I prefer men.

More on Vetstreet:

Vetstreet.com is a new animal health and lifestyle site dedicated to giving you the most accurate pet information possible, so you can keep your dogs and cats healthy and happy. Our articles are written and reviewed by leading veterinarians, journalists, and animal health experts.

More from KISS

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://1061evansville.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 106.1 KISS FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 106.1 KISS FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!