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Man’s Post-Holiday Response to Girlfriend Called ‘Biggest Green Flag’


A video of a man appearing more excited about his cat than his girlfriend after a vacation has gone viral on TikTok.

The clip was shared by @emilyyshaw and has been viewed more than 764,000 times since it was first posted two days ago.

The footage shows a woman walking alongside a man who is rolling a suitcase down the street. He appears to be the woman’s boyfriend, according to previous videos shared by the poster.

The woman asks in the video: “What do you think about your return?” Her boyfriend responds: “F****** mint. I can’t wait to see my cat.”

A caption shared with the post reads: “Chat always takes priority.”

Preferring pets to humans

The boyfriend’s reaction in the latest viral clip is not surprising because “pets are part of our family life and are regulators of the most basic feelings and emotions in humans,” according to a November study 2020 published in Animals.

Researchers found that “for most owners, their pets are very important beings, and those who establish an emotional connection with their pets experience love, joy, and peace.”

A September 2022 study in Science of Pet Behavior found that “preference for animal companionship over human companionship can be predicted by attitudes toward pet ownership.”

The study showed that “people had similar positive feelings about their animal-human and human-human relationships.” However, “people were more likely to react negatively toward a human than a pet,” according to the study.

The latest post isn’t the first time an owner has put their pet first. In 2022, a Reddit user shared a post that he had been given an ultimatum: get rid of his cat or lose his girlfriend.

The poster wrote that his girlfriend “gave me an ultimatum, telling me it was either her or my cat. She said I had to choose and I made my choice. It’s been a week since the breakup…

“I love her (her cat Connie) and I also promised her the day I adopted her from the shelter that I would always take care of her. I keep that promise,” the user wrote at the time .

A man holds a black cat while sitting outside. A video of an owner eager to see his feline after returning from a trip has gone viral on TikTok.
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“The greatest green flag of all time”

Several TikTok users praised the boyfriend in the viral post, saying they could understand his reaction.

Floor posted, “I want a boyfriend like him,” and Christopher McCloske wrote, “He’s a keeper! The cat is waiting :D.”

Claire commented that it was the “biggest green flag ever,” and user3623966821837 agreed, saying “I can 100,000% understand. It’s a green flag! PROTECT THIS MAN.”

Suzanne Kate22 wrote: “Cat dads are the best. »

Ally Jayne commented: “Me every time I’ve been out of the house for more than an hour.”

User Marta posted: “me after running to the grocery store.”

News week contacted the original poster for comment via TikTok. This video has not been independently verified.

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