Cat lovers are going to hate this study. Researchers recently had people judge how attractive strangers were by looking at pictures of them with different pets. Having a DOG makes you seem much sexier than having a cat.
The sexiest pet to have if you're a man is a puppy. People thought guys were 24% sexier when they were holding a puppy - 14% more trustworthy - 7% smarter - and 14% more attractive overall.
Cats only made guys 5% sexier. Kittens had even less of an effect, at 4%.
Once that puppy grows up, it won't have much of an effect though. Small and medium dogs only made guys 3% sexier, and large dogs only gave them a 2% boost. But overall, guys were seen as slightly more attractive with dogs than cats.
If you're a WOMAN, the sexiest pet to have is a medium-sized dog. They made women seem 7% sexier - 7% more trustworthy - 6% smarter - and 7% more attractive overall.
Posing with a cat actually made women slightly LESS sexy, and kittens basically had no effect. Puppies gave women a 3% boost in sexiness . . . small dogs, 4% . . . and large dogs, 3%.