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MEN: Unlucky in love? Airbrush the cat from your profile pic.

Only last year the press upped the romantic prowess of men with cats. But that was last year. Today, according to CNN, pictures of men holding cats are a unanimous no-no.

By Nick Whittle , 3 Jul 2020

Colorado State University recently revealed the findings of a study it did of how potent a man appeared when he was pictured holding a cat. And the news - for men - is not good.

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Researchers found that women were less likely to find a man attractive if he posted a picture of him and his cat.

That flies in the face of other research carried out by Itchpet last year that revealed 1 in 6 men believed owning a cat helped them to find more dates.

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According to CNN’s citing of the research, 38% of women said they were, “likely or very likely to casually date him, while 37% said they'd consider a serious relationship with him.”

But of respondents who viewed a picture of the same man holding a cat, the percentages dropped to 33% across the board. Meanwhile, the proportion of women who said they would never get involved with the feline feller rose from 9% to 14%.

Men holding cats were perceived as neurotic and fragile. Perhaps the motto of the story is: Try to look past the cat!