"The feline feminine mystique persists in popular culture -- no one is making a 'Cat Man' movie. This stereotype comes at a cost to cats. Purina reports that 75 percent of cat owners are women. If men adopted cats at the same rate that women do, there wouldn't be thousands of cats desperately needing homes . . ."
Do you have to be a "girlie man" to like cats? I think not. About.com's Franny Syufy, writes of male cat owners:
"Although he may own them, he doesn't need the typical entrapments of masculinity. He is his own person, and generally is looked up to by others. He may even be macho in appearance, but he retains a sensitivity that surfaces at unexpected times. "
Maybe this will sound strange to some, but I actually think that cats as a species have more positive masculine qualities than dogs.
- Independent / Self-Sufficient (don't need help going to the bathroom)
- Neat, Well-Groomed (ability to clean themselves)
- Determined (born hunters who will kill their own food)
- Skillful (have the ninja-like ability to climb high surfaces, patrol territories)
- Needy (have problems being home alone)
- Rude (humping your leg, barking at strange things)
Now I'm not slamming dogs; I'd like to get one someday, but I look at it this way:
Cats: James Bond
Dogs: GI Joe
Cats: Bruce Lee
Cats: Sherlock Homes
Cats: Miles Davis
Cats: Michael Jordan
Dogs: Mike Tyson
If you're a man, who'd you rather be: the tough guy with the messy apartment and the bad breath or the paradigm of cool?