Could Your Pet Be Turning Men Off?

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hamster in a teacup
Both men and women have strong opinions on pets. But there's one little furry creature we agree on.

When I think of pets, my brain immediately jumps to dogs or cats. As an adult, animals like hamsters, snakes or spiders never even cross my brain. But according to a new study, I should reconsider.

The recent study, conducted by Craigslist.co.uk, asked single men and women which pet would make them "less inclined" to date someone. Coming in as the least likely to throw a wrench in a potential love connection: hamster owners. Yes, you read that correctly. Of those polled, only 10% said that a pet hamster could stand in the way of dating someone. A hamster? Who the hell over the age of 10 owns a hamster?

 

In case your brand of pet is a bit more conventional, you should know that 28% wouldn't date a dog owner and 25% wouldn't date a cat owner. So you won't date the girl with the awesome dog who can not only do tricks, but has learned how to open the fridge and get a beer, but the hamster who runs his whack-a-do wheel at all hours of the night in his noisy lil metal cage is a-okay? Alright then.

Hey fellas, take another note: Women love cats. Those who own them are not "crazy spinsters," as some of you seem to think. As for hamsters? Meh.

What are your "pet peeves?"