garylParticipantApril 14, 2017 at 9:09 pm #133360
I’ve struggled with dating even at my best times, and have struggled with aggravated depression in the past few years, so dating has been off the table for a while. I’ve also always had pets, and recently lost mine in an accident. So I adopted more. A lot more.
Do you think anyone would date a person who has 4+pets (cats in this case)
I’m still in a depression spiral of low self esteem, so my mind is still convincing me I’m not worthwhile to date, but sometimes my mind wanders, and I wonder if even IF I get better, would anyone date me?
asmith16499ParticipantApril 17, 2017 at 7:54 am #133434
Personally I’d never have an issue with someone who had lots of pets, I would also say when you find that person you click with – if they are also an animal lover it would be something else to bond over
richiroParticipantApril 17, 2017 at 12:21 pm #133453
depends on the person. i do actually use it as a red flag when somebody is a bit TOO into their pets (b/c it means they are using it as an escape from human intervention). my last gf, her dog went EVERYWHERE (i must admit.. i came to absolutely love and adore her dog).. but i MEAN EVERYWHERE. she would take hijm in when she showered, bathroom.. he was even with us when we had sex and we would have to fend him off at times.
So there is an “unhealthy level” when you start to replace our instinct for human interaction with pet interaction. They’re family, loved ones, and our best friends even – but they’re NOT humans either.
As for self-esteem, dating, etc. Everybody is dateable. Just got to find “yourself” and your self-esteem. Your identity. Your life. What makes you happy (besides pets). Life isn’t about how you can get everybdoy else to like you – thats a losing game. Life is about how you can get yourself to love your life and enjoy it. The rest falls in place after that.
garylParticipantApril 17, 2017 at 5:56 pm #133462
Thank you for the replies, both of you. Reassures me some. I love my pets to death, but I don’t replace them for my human friends.
Depression has just made me very isolated and uneasy being around people as of late, but it’s only a recent development. Usually I love people.
NappaParticipantApril 23, 2017 at 9:52 pm #134106
Personally I’d find it more attractive if they had a lot of pets, and I think there are a fair number of people with this same mindset. There might be some people that dislike that, but I doubt they’d be worth dating if thats a part of their character.
Just keep going despite the depression, I often feel that isolation depression well but the day you start hanging out with people again, it helps a lot.
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