If you’re single and looking…adopt a dog or cat!
Having animals is becoming increasingly common in the traditional household who think of their furry friends as another member of the family.You might have never considered that the benefits of having a pet would include improving your dating life but science has confirmed the truth!Click To Tweet
Research published in the journal Anthrozoös outlined the results gathered from more than 1,200 single participants who were also members of the Match.com dating service. Of the women polled, 35% felt a man was more attractive if he had a pet and the men weighed in at 26% more attraction to a woman who owned a pet.
More than 500 votes for sexiest pet for men to own went to dogs, with only 100 going to cats. “The direction of these patterns in results was toward cats being exploited less often than dogs as “social tools” in the dating world,” explained human relationship author Peter Gray.
It makes sense. Most cat owners don’t walk their feline companions in the park or take them to pet-friendly hangouts. The cats would be mortified!
Dogs have the clear advantage in being a conversation opener. Most people like dogs and if yours is friendly, people will want to pet it, scratch it, and talk silly to it.
Generally, the person holding the leash will also be drawn into conversation about the dog’s name, the breed, and other topics that could lead to dinner and a movie. You know…after you drop your fluffy matchmaker off at home. In a study from Austria, researchers found that pet owners were perceived as “friendlier” and “safer” to talk to.
Don’t worry! Cat’s are important, too!
3 Clear Health Benefits of Having a Pet
1. Heart Health: Owning a pet is amazing for your heart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pets have been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, lower negative cholesterol levels, and lower triglycerides that lead to heart attack and stroke. If you have a dog, you’re more likely to exercise as well. If you want a happy cardiovascular system, you need a fur baby. In this instance, cats are just as powerful as their canine counterparts. Simply petting your dog or cat has been shown to lower blood pressure almost immediately and calm your mind.
2. Stronger Immunity: With the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria due to our over-use of antibiotics, the antibiotics used in our food supply, and people feeling the need to scour every germ from their lives…it’s clear that we need exposure to a certain level of bacteria to work out our immune system. Pets are a great source of natural immunotherapy – using your own immune system to fight foreign invaders (and they’re always happy to see you). Exposure to pet dander as well as the germs and bacteria pets tend to pick up can lower your risk of allergies now and in the future. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, this is particularly important for small children.
3. Less Stress: Pet therapy has been used minimally for decades but never to its full potential. In the last twenty years, it’s been soldiers returning from war who showed the full benefit of having a pet. Suicide is the number one cause of death for military personnel. Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress plague the men and women who have participated in conflict. It can make them feel isolated in ways that worsen their mental and emotional state. Giving them an animal to love and care for, that also provides unconditional love in return, has changed the lives of hundreds of veterans.
Pet therapy helps those recovering from substance abuse, after traumatic experiences, and to aid in overcoming grief. Patients in long-term care facilities and the elderly respond in outstanding ways to pet visits. These benefits help you in daily life, no matter your situation.
Pets inspire feelings of calm, love, and complete acceptance that’s not always easy to get from your interactions with human beings.Click To Tweet
In fact, according to research from the State University of New York, participants responded to stressful situations better if they had their pets – instead of their spouse, friends, or family. This explains pets’ ability to lower chronic pain naturally. Less stress means less inflammation and that equates to relief from pain.
Basically, the benefits of having a pet are significant, measurable, and scientifically proven.
They curl up beside you when you’re sick, force you to smile after an awful day at work, and remain your constant friend no matter how you look or what mood you’re in.
In fact, they might make that whole “single and looking” thing obsolete. Sure, the opposite sex might find you more attractive if you have a dog but…your dog will still like you during period week and won’t judge your jammies and ice cream marathon.