New research has found that two thirds of Brits change their sex positions because their pets are "staring at them".
With many looking forward to a steamy night between the sheets on February 14, the study looked into how people have sex when their pets are around.
It found 67% are switching up their sex positions when their pets are "staring", while one in 10 (10%) also said they're having less sex since getting their pets.
Despite this, there are many not letting their animals stand in the way of their "needs", as 16% said if they’re in the mood, they don’t care if their pet is in the room.
This also extends to those not in a relationship, with 16% of single pet parents happy going solo in front of their pet.
It seems that owners might be more bothered about their antics than their animals though. More than one in 10 cats and dogs (11%) stay on the bed while their owners have sex, leaving 28% of owners feeling awkward.
While many pets aren’t phased by their parents’ romping, 15% of dogs will cry out for attention, 12% try to play with their owners thinking it’s a game, and 7% jump on their owner thinking they are play fighting.
Some of the amusing anecdotes include dogs mistaking their owner's vibrator as a toy or trying to wedge themselves in between, while cats sit and stare down their owners or try to play with their feet.
It’s not just the more sensual moments our pets are disrupting. Some of the other private things Brits are most likely to do in their pet’s presence include cuddling (59%), kissing (56%) and going to the toilet (50%).
A surprising 7% of married couples are also comfortable having group sex in front of their furry friends.
Differences in animal behaviour are also apparent. Cats are most likely to either walk away (40%) or sit and watch (28%), whereas dogs fall asleep (25%) or bark at their owner’s partner (18%).
Talking about the data, Oli Juste said: "As a dog behaviourist the conversation around sex in front of your dogs does occasionally pop up with friends (especially after a couple of cocktails) and sometimes with clients too.
"The survey suggests that over a third of pets walk away should they witness their humans having sex, and a quarter fall asleep (please don’t take it personally), showing they ultimately don’t care."
Dr Lauren Finka, animal welfare and behaviour specialist, added: "Compared to dogs, cats are usually more into having their own personal space and probably don’t mind if we need to ignore them for a while.
"Well socialised cats will certainly enjoy being around humans, although they tend to be less keen to monopolise our attention in the same ways that dogs try to.
"However, some cats can be the exception to this rule and may be extremely focused on their owners, particularly when our attention is elsewhere!"