Custom Search Wishlist For Dating Sites: Pet Allergies

I love you, but your cat makes me sick.A recent client shot me an email this morning, feeling dismayed. You see, he has a severe allergy to cats, and all the women he was finding interesting on Match.com had furry children of the feline variety.

And he’s not alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, 1 out of 10 people is allergic to animals. The number could be as high as 30% in people with asthma.

While some folks have mild allergies and could co-habitate with a furry creature provided there was adequate ventilation and frequent vacuuming, not everyone is so lucky.

We did a poll last year, asking folks if they would give up their pets for a significant other. While the majority of folks said, “Hell no!” there were many other people who saw the issue in shades of gray (or perhaps tabby stripes?).

What I Want From Dating Sites

I’d like to see dating sites expand their options in the profiles and custom search to account for people with severe allergies.

Currently, most sites have these options:

  • Have
  • Don’t have, but like
  • No answer / No opinion

Why not add to the list?

  • Have, but it’s not mine.  (For folks with roommates with pets.)
  • I have mild allergies.
  • I have severe allergies.

It’s not a lot of work, code-wise, to add in a few options to an existing framework, and it would greatly help those people who are searching for that special someone who isn’t covered in cat hair or dog slobber.

How About You?

Would you like to see options for pet allergies on your dating site?

Does your dating site have these options? (Please let us know!)

Have you run into some crazy catladies on your dating site?

Have your allergies (or a date’s allergies) affected your dating life?

About e

Since 2008, E. Foley of Geek’s Dream Girl has been helping geeks from around the world find love. She writes amazing online dating profiles for her fellow geeks and guides them through the perilous waters of the dating scene and out the other side. She's totally proud to report that she's even caused a couple geek weddings! She lives in Maryland with DaveTheGame, her adorable cats, Mr. Peanut & Don Juan, and Titania, Queen of the Cocker Spaniels. (Email e, or follow @geeksdreamgirl on Twitter.)

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