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Who thinks up all of these studies? And why?!? Scientists at Colorado State University have concluded that women find men less attractive when they’re holding a cat. Seriously.

Scientists showed hundreds of women photos of two men, both men pictured with and without a furry companion. While holding a cat the men fared far worse.  The author of the study wrote “Men holding cats were viewed as less masculine; more neurotic, agreeable, and open; and less dateable.”

When shown one of the subjects with no cat, 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 dropped the numbers to 33% for each category.

A total of 708 women aged between 18 and 24 were surveyed in the online experiment.