When it comes to being a pet parent, it’s generally a blessing: animals offer comfort and love, and you get to come home to your best friend every day. However, the one time when your furry friend sprawling out on the bed might not be as cute as normal? When you’re trying to have sex! It turns out, having a pet can actually affect your sex life (and not for the better).
In a recent study at Pet Life Today, over 1,000 people who were currently in a relationship with a pet owner were asked to admit to how often they felt as though they were competing for their partner’s attention with a pet. The results? Thirty-one percent of people dating dog owners and 26 percent of people dating cat owners said that their partner’s pet has interfered with sex and emotional intimacy. Of the 40 percent of people who felt in competition with their partner’s pet, 22 percent said it was over attention, 19 percent said affection, and 17 percent said love. What’s more, 15 percent of the time, 63 percent of people have either asked before or would consider asking a partner to give up their pet. (FYI, don’t go this route unless you’re willing to risk losing your partner, as nearly 70 percent of people would break up with their partner if they asked them to get rid of their pet.)
Your best bet is to discuss being pet parents together and to find ways to keep the spark and intimacy alive in your relationship. To still having great sex while owning a pet, keep reading for key tips from Maria Sullivan, VP and relationship expert from Dating.com.