It seems that man’s best friend may no longer be a golden retriever but a cuddly cat named Mr. Purrfect. In fact, when the website PetPlace.com recently asked its readers “Do real men own cats?” almost 84 percent of respondents said “yes.” Although some may cling to the stereotype of a doddering codger in a weedy cardigan clutching a tabby, increasing numbers view cat-guys as kind, deep, smart and hip.
Fortunately, the latter perspective is growing in our society, reminding us that all kinds of cool dudes, like George Clooney, Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand, Morgan Freeman and Ian Somerhalder wear their affection for cats like a badge of honor. Even the late Marlon Brando who reportedly found a stray cat on the set of “The Godfather” incorporated the little guy into a scene and took him home.
The trend celebrates confident men who adore and appreciate their feline friends for what they are: wonderful, caring little companions. Z’Scoop takes our turn to share what we consider the best things about fellas who care for kitties.
They Respect Moods
Even the friendliest cats sometimes don’t feel very amiable. Cat guys understand how quickly the tables can turn during a belly rub bonding session and are cool with a sudden “don’t touch me” attitude. Those mature men know when to lay off and when to welcome their cats back into their lap for snuggles.
Although some people believe that cats are easy to care for, cat men know that, while a cat may not need to be walked or let out several times a day, felines need attention, companionship and love. Plus, cat guys scoop the litterbox. Need we say more?
They Appreciate Multi-Dimensional Personalities
Cats are sweet, standoffish, lazy, active, boring, funny and so much more all rolled into one. Men who love cats obviously appreciate the complexity of the feline personality. The accepting and flexible nature of such men likely spills over into their human relationships, as well.
They Have a Sense of Humor
You have to have a sense of humor if you own a cat. Men who love cats appreciate the funny things cats do, even if the cat doesn’t mean to be funny. Cat guys laugh at the middle-of-the-night races to nowhere. They giggle at the stalking and pouncing on invisible prey. They chuckle at the 4 a.m. wake up calls. They get a kick out of the cat lounging on the morning paper (or keyboard or anything else taking dad’s attention away from kitty). Guys with a good sense of humor are always more fun to be around — especially if they have a cat on their lap!
They’re Good Guys
Bottom line: A cat guy is a guy who loves animals (this means you, too, Fido), and what’s not to love about that?
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