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Dog Owners Make Better Romantic Partners Than Cat Owners

According to "Illicit Encounters" a dating site for married people, dog owners are less likely to cheat on their partner compared to cat owners. 25% of the 700 users surveyed on their site claimed to own a cat, while only 10% owned a dog. The website's spokesman Christian Grant explained how research backs up their discovery, "There has already been a plethora of scientific studies that claim that owning a dog, or dogs, makes you happier and healthier, and now you can add loyalty to that list."

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People tend to find animals that match their personality, as Grant explains: "A dog's qualities are usually reflected in their owner, and loyalty, unconditional love, friendship and a sense of protectiveness are qualities that everyone associates with canines, regardless of their size, breed or gender." So it makes sense that those who own a dog would value loyalty more than those with a cat who are "known to drift to whomever is offering them more food".

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The other Animals owned by users included fish at 16% of the survey-takers, hamsters or gerbils at 13%, and rabbits and reptiles each with 11%. All of which have a higher percentage than dogs. They suspect that this result is related to the fact that dog owners tend to be happier than cat owners. In a study called Is Happiness a Warm Puppy? Examining the Relationship between Pets and Well-Being, researchers found that people who own dogs find themselves with higher levels of happiness, life satisfaction, and positive emotions and with a lower rate of negative emotions than cat owners.

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This isn't the only disappointing news for those on Team Cat. It was also reported that cat owners tend to have lower incomes and fewer friends. This study also suggests that dog owners have more sex than cat owners, with three times a week on average for dog owners and twice a week for cat owners. Maybe these little differences help to explain why cat owners are more likely to engage in an affair than a dog owner.

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