If only Ernst Blofeld had stopped stroking that cat, he might have been able to set aside plans for world domination and find a nice girlfriend instead.
A study has found that for men looking for love, it could be best to wait until the second date — at the very earliest — to introduce their feline friend.
Scientists found that men pictured stroking cats in dating profiles were viewed as “less masculine, more neurotic,” and ultimately, “less dateable”.
Shelly Volsche, from Boise State University in Idaho, was surprised by the findings. She had thought that women would actively prefer the pictures of men holding a pet. Past research has shown, for instance, that women are more likely to give their number to a man