What are you looking for in a man? Someone tall, dark and pet friendly? According to most iVillagers, that's exactly what you've got! We asked how your significant other felt about your animal friends, and a whopping 83 percent of your men really love those pets! While the next group might not exactly embrace the cat hair, 16 percent of your guys are great sports. And just before Valentine's Day, we're happy to report that only a tiny fraction of you, make that 0.65 percent, are actually worried about a pet-related strain on the relationship. What else did you have to say? Take a look.
"One of the reasons that I fell in love with my boyfriend is that he loves cats as much as I do!" --nsherwin
"If I were a single person, I KNOW that I wouldn't want any cat haters in my life. It wouldn't matter how wonderful they were otherwise." --catitude4
"Instead of hissing (as she did to my previous boyfriend), when my cat met my DH, she sniffed him over him and pronounced him 'okay' by curling up next to him. I think our pets really can help us tell a loving, sincere person if we only take the time to listen." --cmmarla
"I hated Duncan. Duncan is an 80-pound Golden Retriever. I met Duncan's dad three weeks after he picked up Duncan from the breeder, and from the start I knew I didn't like him. My guy paid more attention to Duncan than to me, and I was extremely jealous. We finally resolved it by picking out the perfect puppy for me. Jezi is a beautiful female Golden. She's been with our family for about six months now and the balance in our house is incredible!" --sarah
"My husband wasn't crazy about cats, but now that we have our Maggie, he loves her. Maybe he'd just never been close to one before." --jyates99
"I am single and at the age where the relationships that I spend my time and energy on are ones that may have a future. I could never begin anything with someone who wasn't at least an animal lover, and better still, a cat lover." --alita2000
"Years ago, a man gave me a cat for Christmas -- the best cat in the world. But if the cat misbehaved, my horrible ex-BF would throw Moe in a tub of water to punish him! I wish Moe had scratched his eyes out! Instead, he left a nice, stinky surprise on the guy's side of the bed. Needless to say, the BF left, and Moe and I went on to have a beautiful relationship. Sidenote: Moe has never left any stinky surprises since." --alita2000
"I was grateful when my new DH got along so well with my seven-year-old cat. But I didn't realize the depth of their attachment until my DH went away for a whole week. He came home exhausted and went straight to bed. Where did I find Twitchie? On his chest with her head right up under his chin. I just stood there smiling for a long time." --clearich
"My husband and I rescued a stray dog when we were stationed on a job in Wyoming. But her wild side, along with signs that she had been abused by a man, was too much for the sweet animal. Over time, my spouse and I began fighting about things, including the dog. My husband became furious as a result and gave me am ultimatum: either him or the dog.
"My advice: Do not have a spouse that doesn't feel the same way you do about animals. It's not just a pet preference, it's about your outlook on life and your appreciation of things that are important. Without a similar respect for the things your partner loves -- if for no other reason than because he or she loves them -- the union is doomed anyway. A pet's love is very close to unconditional. Human love is not that evolved yet." --horsin
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