Relationship dealbreakers: Why pet compatibility matters

Given how the internet – and particularly dating apps – have transformed the modern dating world, it shouldn’t be surprising that other factors like pet compatibility are becoming more important. In fact, for many of those seeking love, pet priorities can make or break a relationship.

So, what are the key pet factors that can influence compatibility, and what are some strategies for managing both pet care and your romantic commitments?

The role of pets in new relationships

Pets can play a profound role in our lives, making us happier, healthier and more content with life in general. In fact, according to the Choosi Pet Lovers Report 2022, having a pet positively influences our respondents’ mental wellbeing (96%), physical health (88%), and mood and stress levels (55%).

Their loyalty and unconditional love make it easy to see pets as true family members, so meeting their needs and wellbeing is often top of the list for pet owners. As a result, when entering a new romantic relationship, we often evaluate our potential partner’s compatibility with our furry friend.

So, if you’ve ever considered ending a relationship because of your partner not being into your dog or cat, you’re not alone. In fact, our research found that 58% of pet owners would break up with their significant other if they weren’t keen on their furry friend.

Compatibility check: Factors influencing relationships and pet ownership

There are all sorts of reasons why the compatibility between pet owners and their partners could be affected by the pet. You’ll need to be aware of these factors and address them honestly to help build a more harmonious relationship. Arguably the biggest influence of all is how much time you are willing to commit – to both your pet and your partner.

The reality is that pet care requires time and dedication. Feeding, playing, grooming, exercising and vet visits are just a few of the responsibilities that come with pet ownership. In a romantic relationship, managing these responsibilities while balancing quality time together can be a stretch. Make sure you discuss these time commitments early on in the relationship – giving your partner a chance to get on the same page.

Strategies for nurturing your relationship and pet care

Navigating a new relationship while caring for your pet can be demanding, but it is entirely possible with the right approach. Here are some tips to help you maintain a happy, healthy relationship with your partner and your furry friend.

1. Open communication: Discussing pet responsibilities and expectations

Communication is the cornerstone of any good relationship. When it comes to responsibilities around pet ownership, you’ll want to have an open and frank discussion with your partner. Talk about how you will divide up pet duties, including feeding and walks, and be clear about your expectations. Most importantly, really listen to your partner’s concerns. Finding common ground and making a plan may help you avoid misunderstandings and potential conflicts down the track.

2. Shared activities: Incorporating pets into quality time together

One way to nurture your relationship, as well as your pet’s wellbeing, is by incorporating your pet into quality time all together. Plan activities that include your pet, like going for a weekend hike, a picnic at the dog park or simply lounging around for a movie night at home. These shared experiences can strengthen your bond and create lasting memories.

3. Establishing routines: Managing pet care and relationship commitments

Consistency is key for both pet care and maintaining a strong relationship. Establishing a routine for your pet can help streamline responsibilities and reduce stress on your partner. Create a schedule that will give your pet the attention and care they deserve, while also leaving plenty of room for quality time as a couple. A well-structured routine can bring stability to your lives and allow your romantic partnership to flourish – without neglecting your beloved pet along the way.

The reality is that many pet owners will prioritise their pet companions when entering a new relationship, with 41% feeling their pets influence their romantic partners. To make sure you are on track for a fulfilling long-term partnership, it’s important to openly discuss pet ownership responsibilities and find ways to include pets in your quality time together. Remember, a successful relationship is one where everyone – including your furry friends – feels valued and cared for.

Entering a new relationship can be a major life change for you and your pet and is the perfect time to evaluate whether you have the right level of pet insurance. Whether you’re looking to get better coverage, or need to take out a new policy, start comparing pet insurance with Choosi today or call 1300 462 487 to learn more.