In a University of Michigan experiment, women read vignettes about men. Whenever the story featured a person who owned a dog, women rated them with higher long-term attractiveness.
This is because, researchers have hypothesized, pet ownership could signal a nurturing nature or a tendency toward commitment. It could also make you appear more relaxed, approachable, and happy.
But what about the cat?
Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).