NEW YORK – More than seven in 10 pet parents see red flags if a potential partner doesn’t treat their own pets like family. A survey of 2,000 cat and dog owners also explores other common warning signs and deal-breakers that singles often encounter while dating with pets.
Among such dealbreakers, three in five respondents think leaving a pet in a crate all day is a major no-no. Another 52 percent raise an eyebrow at pets not being allowed on the furniture.
Pets can be the ultimate ‘wingman’ when dating
The poll, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of ORIJEN pet food, also revealed that regardless of relationship status 73 percent of respondents believe they’re more likely to approach someone walking a dog. Almost half (49%) claim their pet has been their “wingman” – helping them score the phone number from a potential date.
About two-thirds of the poll (65%) say they’re even more likely to swipe right on someone with pet photos in their dating app profile. In fact, half of respondents would like to go on a dog-friendly date at a park or a beach (48%).
More than four in five (81%) agree that a “blended family” can also mean combining your pets. When searching for the perfect place to live with their newly combined tribe, 55 percent seek out pet-friendly locations, 48 percent look for backyards, and 46 percent need space for their pets to play.
Should problems arise in the relationship, two in three people believe they’d try harder to make up with their partner if there were shared pets in the house.
“Pets are often the first family members that we choose to bring into our homes, so it makes sense that we’d take their needs into consideration when planning a move,” says Billy Frey, director of marketing for ORIJEN pet food, in a statement. “As is the case with any blended family, it’s important to give your animals enough time and space to adapt to a new status quo. It’s not always easy, but it’s often worth it!”
Should the pets in a newly-blended family not get along at first, one in three would wait it out and hope for the best. However, a little more than one-quarter (26%) would hire an animal behaviorist to help resolve any issues.
No price is too high for our pets
While the thought of hiring a costly professional may seem strange, the data suggests that many pet parents have no problem prioritizing their dog’s or cat’s expenses over their own. The average person already spends about $104 a month on their pets’ food, and 53 percent agree that they spend more money every month on their animals’ food than their own.
When it comes time to switch food, 37 percent do so because they’re looking for something with a higher quality, followed by 35 percent who say their pet’s needs changed.
“Food is a common love language for both people and pets alike,” Frey adds. “Enjoying a meal at a restaurant is common for first dates, and while we can’t do that with our pets, nourishing them with quality food at home will help keep them happy, healthy, and show them we love them.”