Want to attract women? Keep your cat out of your dating profile

Women were less likely to say yes to a picture of a man holding a cat, the study found.

(CNN)We have cat-astrophic news for animal lovers: Men who like cats are less likely to get a date.

That's the takeaway from a study by Colorado State University, which found that women are less likely to swipe right -- or say yes -- to men if they're posing with a cat in a picture.
Scientists showed hundreds of women photos of two men, both men pictured with and without a furry companion.
    Their responses showed that the men's luck got noticeably worse when women saw the picture with a cat.
    The photos used in the study, which revealed women favored pictures of the men without cats.
    "Men holding cats were viewed as less masculine; more neurotic, agreeable, and open; and less dateable," the authors wrote.
    When shown the cat-free picture of one of the subjects, 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 a picture of the same man holding a cat gave the respondents paws for thought -- and those numbers dropped to 33% for each category. Meanwhile, the proportion of women saying they'd never consider getting involved with him rose from 9% to 14%.
    By comparison, positive ratings for the second subject did not decline significantly when he was pictured with a cat -- but women were more likely to rule him out as a potential partner.
    When he was pictured alone, 40% of respondents said they'd be unlikely or certain not to date him casually. But this rose to 45% when he was joined by a cat. Similarly, 41% said they'd be unlikely to consider him for a relationship, but 45% said the same when they saw him with the pet.
    A total of 708 women aged between 18 and 24 were surveyed in the online experiment.
    The findings are likely the result of long-held cultural stereotypes about cat and dog owners, the authors said.