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Study Shows Women Are Less Likely to Date Men With Cats on Dating Profiles

You have to keep your cat away if you want to go on a date, apparently.

There is no magic formula when it comes to dating profiles. Most of the time, the things that you should steer clear of for an outstanding profile are pretty obvious. But, who knew that cats would be part of the no-no list? Yep, according to a new study, women are less likely to swipe right on a man with a cat.

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The Colorado State University study says men holding cats were seen as "less masculine; more neurotic, agreeable, and open; and less dateable." Researchers had hundreds of women take a look at photos of two men pictured with and without a cat to come up with the results. 

"It is important to note that these findings were influenced by whether the female viewer self-identified as a 'dog' or 'cat' person, suggesting that American culture has distinguished 'cat men' as less masculine, perhaps creating a cultural preference for 'dog men' among most heterosexual women in the studied age group," the authors wrote.


The stereotype about cat guys is so bad that after being shown a photo with the men holding a cat, the participants that said they would date the men at first dropped by 33 percent. And, 9 to 14 percent said they would never consider getting involved with the men.

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"Women prefer men with 'good genes,' often defined as more masculine traits," the researchers added. "Clearly, the presence of a cat diminishes that perception."

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