In France, more than 22 million cats and dogs lived in our homes in 2021 (Statista 2022). Full real family members of the vast majority of owners, their number continues to grow over the years. Very present in our daily life, Vetocanis asked the Ifop to question the French about the involvement of animals in their romance and dedicated an article to this topic. Woopets reveals a preview of some of the main characters.
Today, cats and dogs have a special place in French homes. As the American writer aptly pointed out Jeffrey Musaev Mason : ” Dogs never lie when they talk about love. »
at the request of phytocanesIfop, the leading French brand of pet care products, has interviewed more than 1,000 people who have or have had hairballs. The investigation is to determine the role of these little monsters in the romantic relationship.
Although they facilitate communication and are a source of seduction, our four-legged friends can also be a source of stress, as well as tearing. These phenomena appear in particular when daily care, such as consultations with the vet, grooming sessions or even walks, is provided unevenly within the couple. But let’s start from the beginning and first look at the animals’ participation in the birth of a love story.
Light on the power of attraction for our four-legged friends
Do pets act like magnets? In fact, they know how to create a link between humans and facilitate communication. A large number of romantic relationships have arisen thanks to her attractive power. To seduce the chosen one from their hearts, some do not hesitate to play this card of great value.
23% of respondents owned or owned an animal that they used in the process of seduction. 18% said they could have it. Young people aged 18-24 will especially benefit from it: 43% of them have already used this “technology”. It has to be said that 22% of the people questioned in this survey say they are attracted to men or women who have a hairball on their side. This company will only refuse 5%.
Moreover, the attraction between animal owners appears to be quite strong: 31% of animal owners feel attracted to other “parents” of cats and dogs. Women (26%) are affected by this phenomenon more than men (18%).
Briefly, Midor where fog It plays the role of reconciling them to perfection in many cases. 17% of respondents believed that their canine or feline partner helped in the process; Even 8% confirm its great importance in the birth of spouses.
Highlighting the inequalities and tensions within the couple
Pictures and videos of animals circulate on the Internet. Both funny and cute, furballs shine on social networks like real little stars. A third of respondents have already posted a photo of themselves with their pet on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Again, this practice affects women (42%) more than men (20%).
The fairer sex also prevails in another sector: the distribution of household chores. In France, they are, even today, on the front lines of shopping and ironing, or even childcare.
How about taking care of the daily needs of pets? The problem will remain. 81% of French women surveyed believe they do more than their husbands. Purchasing food and accessories (64%), appointment with the vet (59%), managing animal care while on vacation (55%), women will invest significantly more in ensuring the well-being of their cute protectors. However, 64% of representatives of the opposite sex think that they are more anxious than them.
Sadly, one spouse’s lack of participation in this area leaves storms storming the hearth. 31% of respondents said they argued about it.
Poor division of labor and other reasons for separation
Catherine Ringersubordinate Rita Mitsukoshe was not mistaken when she sang the lyrics: Love stories generally end poorly. “Excess workload and inequality between spouses sometimes lead to separation. 10% of the people interviewed by Ifop indicated that a lack of sharing of tasks related to cats, dogs and other small animals contributed to the interruption. Misunderstanding between partner and pet is another reason mentioned by 15% of respondents.
For some, refusing to have a 4-legged friend heralds the end of the romance. 17% of women and 35% of 18-24 year olds have already ended a relationship because their boyfriend or girlfriend refused to welcome the hairball.
finally, phytocanes The Ifop in search of the privacy of the French. 72% admitted they did not want to have sex in the presence of an animal. Thus cats and dogs are evacuated from the bedrooms of a great many of our fellow citizens when the desire is overflowing.
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