In France, more than 22 million cats and dogs populated our homes in 2021 (Statista 2022). True full members of the family for the vast majority of owners, their number continues to grow over the years. Very present in our daily lives, the Vetocanis Ifop Institute asked to question the French about animal involvement in their romantic relationship and dedicated an article on this topic. Woopets reveals a preview of some key figures.
Today, cats and dogs have a special place in French homes. As the American essayist so aptly pointed out Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson : ” Dogs never lie when they talk about love. »
At the request of Vetocanis, the leading French brand of pet care products, Ifop surveyed more than 1,000 people who have or have had hairballs. The study is to determine the role of these little beasts in the romantic relationship.
Although they facilitate contact and represent an asset for seduction, our 4-legged friends can also be sources of excitement as well as breakup. These phenomena occur especially when the daily care, such as consultations with the vet, care sessions or even walks, is uneven in the couple. But let’s start from the beginning and first look at animal involvement in the birth of a romance.
Light on the appeal of our 4-legged friends
Do pets behave like magnets? In fact, they know how to connect people and facilitate contact. A host of romantic relationships have arisen thanks to their attractiveness. To seduce the chosen one of their heart, some do not hesitate to play this card of great value.
23% of respondents who own or have owned an animal used it in a seduction process. 18% said they could have. It is young adults between 18 and 24 who will particularly benefit from it: 43% of them have already used this “technique”. It must be said that 22% of the respondents in this survey say that they are attracted to men or women with a hairball by their side. This company would only reject 5%.
In addition, the attraction between pet owners seems to be quite strong: 31% of owners feel an attraction of other “parents” to cats and dogs. Women (26%) are more affected by this phenomenon than men (18%).
Total, Medor Where Mistigri plays its matchmaking role to perfection in many cases. 17% of respondents believe that their dog or cat partner helped the process; 8% even confirm its main significance in the birth of their couple.
To highlight inequalities and tensions in the couple
There are lots of pictures and videos of animals on the internet. Both funny and cute, our fur balls shine on social networks like real little stars. A third of respondents have already posted a picture of themselves with their pet on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Once again, this practice affects more women (42%) than men (20%).
The fairer sex also dominates in another sector: the distribution of domestic duties. In France, even today, they are at the forefront of shopping and ironing, or even taking care of children.
How about taking care of pets’ daily needs? The problem would remain the same. 81% of French women surveyed believe they do more than their spouses. Purchasing food and accessories (64%), agreeing with the vet (59%), handling animal care during holidays (55%), women would invest much more in guaranteeing the well-being of their adorable protégés. However, 64% of representatives of the opposite sex think that they are more worried than they are.
Alas, the lack of involvement of one of the members of the couple in this area tends to let storms break over the fireplace. 31% of respondents said they quarreled about it.
Poor division of labor and other reasons for a separation
Catherine Ringerof Rita Mitsoukowas not wrong when she sang the lyrics: Love stories generally end badly. ‘Workload overload and inequalities in the couple sometimes lead to separations. 10% of the people surveyed by Ifop indicated that the lack of sharing of tasks related to cats, dogs and other small animals was contributing to the break. Misunderstandings between partner and pet are another cause mentioned by 15% of respondents.
For some, the rejection of having a 4-legged friend even announces the end of a romance. 17% of women and 35% of 18-24 year olds have already ended a relationship because their boyfriend refused to welcome them to a hairball.
Finally, Vetocanis and Ifop has examined the privacy of the French. 72% admitted not wanting to have sex in the presence of an animal. Thus, cats and dogs are evacuated from the bedroom of a large number of our fellow citizens when the urge overflows.
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