Pet-owning singletons looking for love may be disappointed, as research from a leading UK dating agency suggesting that chances of finding a successful human love interest is reduced by up to 40%.
Key findings of the research included:
- Nearly half of all singles – 6.1 million – now own a pet.
- Singles spend Ã‚Â£5.6 billion each year pampering their pets.
- One in four men wouldn’Ã‚â€™t date a woman with two or more cats.
- A third of women wonÃ‚â€™’t date a man who shares his pillow with a pet.
- If push came to shove 25% of singles would choose their pet over a new partner.
- Nearly two thirds of singles say they really love their pet and think of him/her as a member of the family.
- The main reason for the dating dilemma is purely medical: pet allergies.
Dr Victoria Lukats, psychiatrist and PARSHIP’s dating and relationship expert commented, “Ã‚â€œPeople invest a lot in their pets emotionally, but whilst some singles may see their pets as surrogate partners or children, this research shows that these people are in the small minority. Rather than the stereotype of a spinster with several cats, the reality is that many singles simply enjoy owning a pet but they would probably put their human relationships first.Ã‚â€