Real Men Love Cats!
You’ve all heard that ladies prefer cats for pets, while the guys go for dogs, haven’t you?
You know the jokes about single women and all their cats, as if there is something WRONG with that!
Supposedly, felines are more feminine—refined, delicate, a tad fussy—while men and dogs are two potty-mouth peas in a pod—boisterous, slobbery and free with bodily functions. Women put up with enough bad behaviors from the men in their life—they don’t need the same faults coming from their pet. Ditto for the guys.
But I’ve come to believe the stereotype about women and cats and men and dogs is fundamentally flawed. I think many guys—if they actually thought about such things—would find a cat the better buddy.
Some men insist they “hate” cats, even if they’ve never known one up close and personal. I suspect that sentiment comes from guys who’ve had a bit of bad luck with cat-loving women. They assume cats embody the disagreeable characteristics they attribute to their exes: conniving, aloof and uninterested in the treats and tricks they have to offer. Or worse yet, they may believe, to swipe an “Arnoldism,” that only “girly men” prefer cats.
My husband once swore he’d have nothing to do with cats and didn’t until I snuck two into his domain. He now supports two cats in addition to our three mutts. And to my utter disbelief, he says if he had a choice (he doesn’t) he’d keep only cats as pets.
Why did The Boss change his tune? Because like many men, he schemes to do as little as possible when it comes to pet care, housework and “relationships,” and admires cats because they don’t need much. They leave him alone. They don’t “aggravate.” They don’t bark, need a bath or jump all over him when he comes home. Heck, he’d dance a jig if he thought this female shared just a few of those cat characteristics and wouldn’t bug him to eat right, exercise, stop for milk on the way home from work or fix the light in the bedroom closet already.
But the biggest reason The Boss prefers cats is because, unlike the dogs, they don’t constantly ask to go in and out 50 million times day and night. He swears the dogs have formed a sinister cabal that conspires to get him out of his recliner as many times as possible. To him, dogs, like women, are often just too much.
Most men don’t want to be smothered, talk about feelings or engage in excessive petting (unless it’s a prelude to bigger and better things). Why in the world would they prefer a dog, an animal that craves constant attention, yaps a lot and will squeeze a squeaky toy for hours on end? Better the quiet, non-nagging, self-reliant cat, which represents a guy’s ideal woman: the rare and exotic low-maintenance female.
Most women love to smother and spoil those she loves. A dog will eat that up faster than dropped T-bone steak, but a cat—like a man—will usually turn tail and run.
It takes a real man to admit a fondness for felines—and that is something most women will definitely roll over for! So what do you think ladies? Know any men who say they hate cats? Dragon Boy must be a real man, because he actually builds Kitty Kastles! LOL.
Picture above is of Tarzan, King of the Jungle, enjoying a tree one more time before we had to cut it down, because he could get over the cat fence if he climed high enough and jumped over!
posted by Sandy at 2/14/2007 06:30:00 AM