Do real men own cats? PetPlace Readers Speak Out


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A question was posed.

Do real men own cats? Yes or No?**

We tossed this poll out to our pet lovers and this is what we learned:

  • 83.6% said – yes, real men can own cats.
  • 1.1% said no.
  • 16.7 % said...they weren't sure.

    So what comments were made? Check them out.

    User comments:

    1.        Only intelligent, aware, caring men love cats. They are a very complex, thinking animal much ,much smarter than dogs. Cats present a big challenge whereas a dog doesn't. Men should love cats as they are like a woman. One never knows what it is thinking, but if it really wants something lets you know it. Cats are very subtle ,(and know it) in manipulating humans to get their way. I'm not sure, but I think they can also read a person's mind.
    2.        Cats are cool. Cool guys like cats.
    3.        I totally think that men who are cat lovers are more compassionate and understanding.
    4.        I usually get my 4 cats evaluation of the man I want to date before I take the relationship seriously.
    5.        anyone with a home can appreciate the welcome home greetings of their cat(s). Indoor cats easily adapt to your schedule and are easily the lowest hassle pet going. If you need to be away for a few days its easier to get a friend to come in and feed the cat than it would be to find someone to walk the dog-a couple of times a day.
    6.        My husband had never been around cats as his father didn't like them. When we married I already had 3 grown cats. A tiny kitten adopted us and my husband was hooked. We now have 13 cats.
    7.        Men who share their lives with cats tend to be more open, honest and adaptable.
    8.        Men love cats especially affectionate kitties.
    9.        men don't actually own cats, cats more or less own us...
    10.        I'm a "real man" and I love cats. They are my best friends when the guys (and my lady counterpart) are too much to handle. Real men own cats, lazy men own dogs.
    11.        Men who like cats aren't waiting for someone to ego-stroke, or serve. They appreciate equality. And some men like, and have, both cat and dog friends.
    12.        My husband is a former "cat hater." After 15 years with a cat-loving woman, he actually picks up our cats, pets them, and talks to them in a high, cute voice.
    13.        Personally I would rather surround myself with people (men or women) that are cat lovers. I would much rather date a man that loves my cat Bella rather than would not want to be around her. I view my pets almost as if they were children, so I treat them that way even in my dating life. My personal ad would read, "Must Love soft, furry animals, namely my cat Bella" haha!
    14.        Men who have cats enjoy company, love freedom, elegance and cleanness--my kinda man! I have 8 cats. They are my family.
    15.        any man who doesn't like cats is not worth knowing...i mean, what kind of a person would they be?
    18.        can't see any reason why men would not like cats, but patience is important along with a deeper intuition
    19.        Real Men Love CATS!! Any man who doesn't like cats is just insecure and a control freak - cats don't allow people to control them or take orders for any little tidbit of food! And a REAL man shouldn't be insecure OR a control freak!!
    20.        I have turned my husband into a cat lover. Growing up, he only had dogs. He thought all cats were the same. Now we have four cats, all different from the others. He wouldn't give up any of them. He said if he won the lottery, he would start a cat sanctuary!
    21.        My husband just loves our three cats, in fact when offered a dog after our beloved cat passed, he said he would rather have another cat over the dog he had always wanted.
    22.        Indeed, I think men can love cats just as much as dogs.
    23.        Yes, real men like cats. My female Domestic Short Hair (6 yrs old) since we got her associates with my husband much more than she does me and he loves it! They watch sports programs together, westerns and even the news. She comes to me when she's hungry but goes right back to him...i guess it's cute.
    24.        I'm entirely certain that it takes a different type of person (this applies to both sexes) to enjoy the nurturing relationship it takes to own a kitty. There is a reason why there's some twisted view of cats being distant and lacking affection for an owner. The people who perceive this are ignorant and it's sad that they deprive themselves of such a tender relationship as occurs between man/woman and kitties. I believe one has to have the intellect and the maturity to reflect about why they don't like cats. The only legitimate reason to dislike cats is if one is allergic, and that it rarely the case with people who have a passion for disliking our fluffies.
    25.        Men who like cats do not need slaves & adoration. This doesn't preclude liking dogs, too. It just means a different sort of relationship.
    26.        I love my cat and I can assure you I'm a man.
    27.        Not sure about the question above! I feel that men who like cats are more compassionate and caring and understanding.
    28.        I too, have learned that if they do not like cats, they will not like you. I love both cats and dogs, but my last dog, a St. Bernard, is just too big for an apt.
    29.        I wouldn't trust a man that my cat didn't like. I think cats especially are very good judges of character. Once men are around cats they find them to be much more intelligent than they thought possible.
    30.        I have 3 stunning cats, a friend of ours doesn't like them and believes real men don't own cats. His opinion changed recently when an older ex-biker friend of him - very scary and very masculine was away and stated he missed his cat - our friend changed his opinion very quickly - CATS ROCK!!!
    31.        My man just loves our 3 cats
    32.        I think a man who likes cats is nicer than a man who doesn't cos a man who doesnt like a cat is insecure and wants all the attention on him!
    33.        I will only date men who like/love cats because these are men who are not insecure - they know that they can be a man and still have and love a cat. Men who love cats tend to be more introspective, sensitive, and compassionate.
    34.        I think men care about cats but are afraid to admit it because it isn't "manly" to like cats.
    35.        Only Real men like cats. Men who don't like cats are insecure and/or phony.
    36.        men like cats just as much as women do
    37.        i totally agree once a "real man " is introduced to cats , he can't live without them !
    38.        I'm not sure by what you mean about question #1. Do you mean by name or endearments or what do you mean? I know many men who have cats - and would much rather have cats than dogs! I'm sorry doc but if these 2 questions is all there is to this survey you might as well have not even done it!!!!!!
    39.        I agree with the vet tech-men that love cats tend to be more gentle, kinder, and not as aggressive as men that like Pit Bulls or other 'tough' dogs. They don't mind showing a softer side, whether it be with a cat or human friend.
    40.        I have been in a "difficult" situation where the man in my life and one of my cats did not get along. For the safety of my cat, I gave him to a friend. Once the man and I broke up I realized that I got the wrong end of the deal--I should have gotten rid of the man much sooner and kept the cat. From that point on, I have learned to trust the instincts of my cats. If the man does not like cats, he will NEVER, EVER be part of my life.

  • 41.        i think men don't see cats as being macho, so even if they do like them most will not admit to it.
    43.        My 6 pack of catZ will put any man through their tests whenever one finally passes MY test and gets invited into OUR home! This will include having to deal with getting hair on his clothes; putting up with unexpected jumps into his lap; and allowing them to check out his food or drink Before he gets any! IF any of this is bothersome to him, well, it will be 'see ya, bye' for US!
    44.        My husband never owned a cat until he married me and fell in love with my then 15 year old cat. She was like my daughter. We soon after that took in a stray and he fell in love with her. 5 years later my cat who was 20 passed away and her ashes are now on my mantel, along with a shrine, he was heart broken and we miss her terribly. I can't pass her without crying. My husband has changed his mind about cats.
    45.        Real men own cats. If you can relate to a cat, you can relate to any person. LOL
    46.        I think men who love/like cats are absolutely more caring, affectionate and loving than men who don't.
    47.        My aunt once told me that if a man can come in your house and sit and pet your cat he's probably a decent guy. My last cat could pick out a bad man in a second and I started paying attention to him and my aunt. I think they're right. At this point in my life, I don't think I could date a man that hated cats. If he's indifferent then he's probably redeemable, but if he hates them, no way. My cats are too important to me to deal with that.
    48.        I don't know no. I like them both - each for what they are.
    49.        I think "Cat Men" are more interesing, loving and nuturing.
    50.        I think men who like cats are great.
    51.        I agree, I have two male cats that are brothers and have been together since birth. They are extremely different from one and other which is also a good point. They are both orange and white and love to play. They are extremely masculine in all they do. Clyde is bossy and loves to be fussed with. Barney is a hunter and has the patience of Job. They are super companions and are both truly a Man's Cat. Guys should relate to the cat family if they are truly Men.
    52.        My husband was a "dog guy" when he moved in with me. That is until my Maine Coon, Max decided to show him the error of his thinking. We ended up getting a second MC at my husband's urging. Max died a couple of years ago at age 19, and we now have three Maine Coons-- The girl who has been with us is 16 now, and she has 18 month old "siblings" - a boy and girl. It's very busy at our house, and my husband adores them all -- just was much as I do! :)
    53.        A guy had called to ask me out, and during the conversation, he mentioned not only did he hate cats, but that on his last hunting trip, he shot a 5-point buck. I thought to myself, dude--you don't even get strike 3--you're out! (P.S. The answer boxes for question one don't work with the question, but I said yes anyway.)
    54.        I love cats! I have always been a "dog person" but also liked cats as well. but once my wife moved in with her cat, I became a "cat person". I still love dogs, but have a strong preferance for cats.
    55.        Love them both and if they can get along even better:)
    56.        men who like cats seem to be less possessive types.They don't have the need to control the animal who shares their lives. That's why I tend to agree with the woman who prefers dating men who like cats.
    57.        Compassionate men have cats Greater men love cats and dogs
    58.        I also have come to the conclusion that I will not date a man who doesn't like/love cats. Men can come and go (no pun intended LOL) but there will always be cats in my life.
    59.        I inherited a part Maine Coon cat when my son came back to town and couldn't keep a cat in his new apartment. He got married a few years later and his wife is allergic to cats so I have had her about 7 years. We have become the best of friends. She follows me around the house and wants to be near me most of the time. She does not like to be held which is fine with me. She puts up with the grandchildren but doesn't want them to get too close. Overall she is a great cat.
    60.        My boyfriend didnt like cats until we met our kitty. He walked right over to my boyfirend and fell asleep in his arms. That sealed the deal, and they are best friends.
    61.        DITTO.
    62.        many men think cat lovers are gayish.
    63.        Men who like cats are better than those who don't. They are more sensitive and caring and that is what women love!
    64.        Men who like cats tend to be nicer in general. Less arrogant and definitely CLEANER.
    65.        Real men can love cats because a real man will be sensitive, caring and loving toward all animals.
    66.        I admire any man who loves cats, it says a lot about them.
    67.        Real men love cats! Ironically, many men don't realize this, themselves, because they didn't grow up with a cat. In the end, many men become cat converts because they admire and respect the independent nature of the cat!
    68.        I think tolerant men are more likely to love cats than those intolerant or controlling men.
    69.        I don't understand a man that does not like cats. If he is in that category, I am not interested.
    71.        It takes a real man who is confident in himself to love the independent feline.
    72.        I'm female, and based on personal experience, I think it's frequently true that men who own or like cats are more compassionate... but that's certainly not always true. I knew one man who had two cats. He DID love them and would do things like hire a pet sitter to check on them TWICE a day -- or even stay overnight -- when he traveled. But he was TOTALLY oblivious to the fact that the bigger cat was bullying the smaller cat, and the smaller cat was slinking around or hiding in constant fear and stress. When I brought this to his attention, he eventually admitted to "seeing" what I was talking about, but was too wrapped up in work, sports. etc. to take the time to remedy the situation. Frankly, despite his love for his cats. I though he shouldn't be a pet owner. So, if a man loves cats, it doesn't necessarily mean that he's tuned in, observant or compassionate. I don't think you can apply rules straight across the board about people, but I do have a history of getting along best with men who own cats.

    73.        i think men who do not feel threathen by cats are very sastified with their selfs and don't need a pet to make them feel good about themselfs as a cat will come to you for pettings only when it wants not just when you do
    74.        i refer to my cats as my KIDS. love them dearly.
    75.        I'm not sure what the question means - But I usually find men that like cats are cool. In general I think that People who don't like cats (or owls) are afraid of what is in their soul, because they look like they can look right through you and see what you are made of. I have a few male friends who now own cats, and my husband noted that after to ease of owning a cat he would own one over a dog any day. With the addition of exotic cat breeds (we own bengals - as do some of my male friends) Cats can look more "cool" and less "fluffy" which has helped add to their appeal to men.
    76.        I agree with your email.
    77.        To love cats, you have to be able to slow down and appreciate their subtle personalities. With some, you have to take the time to snuggle. With others, you need to realize that they're not your toys or your fan club -- they are their own animals and may need space or understanding. If a man can appreciate a cat, it shows true patience, power of observation, and empathy. That's what I call a "real" man.
    78.        I think some men think it's not masculine to have a cat (unless they can refer to it as their wife's cat). I also think some men are intimidated by how independent cats can be.
    79.        I would never trust a man who dislikes cats.
    80.        I am one
    81.        I think men who love cats are also more likely to want a woman to be a real partner in a relationship, not someone who will follow his orders. I think they are more likely to appreciate independance.
    82.        yes I agree with the tecnision. I have dated a few men and if they dont like the cats or the cats dont take to them it is s no goer. I am dating a man now who is really considerate and kind and he likes my cats they even come on the bed when he stays over which is wonderfull as they always sleep with me. I once dated a guy who didnt like the cats by his own admission and they would not come anywhere near me when he was around. He turned out to be a bully and selfish man
    83.        I am a man and I have 2 - DSH Tuxedo and Himalayan. Dogs are for outdoor stuff, cats rule the house.
    84.        I love a guy who loves cats. He's compassonate, caring and not afraid to show affection for a small creature.
    85.        What are REAL men ?? REAL men versus what ??
    86.        I think it is so cool when a guy says he likes cats. He shows a deeper understanding of what it means to be in touch with your emotions and I find they tend to have more patience.
    87.        My husband and his father both love cats. My husband would never own a dog. He knows that cats are clean, smart, loveable, and independant. We have 4 cats.
    88.        i think men who like cats are more understanding and kind
    89.        men who don't love cats don't deserve a woman who loves men!!!!! hahahahaaaaaaaa
    90.        I agree that men that love cats are more compassionate..
    91.        a man that loves cats is usually thoughtful
    92.        cats rule
    93.        (First of all, I'm not sure what No.1 Question is asking???) A lot of men have been "taught" NOT to like cats from a very early age. I think most men like cats much more than they are willing to admit. A REAL man will openly show their affection for cats, and not care what some other men might think!
    94.        When I finally got grown up, at about 59, I realized I could only be really happy with a man who loved cats, and was I ever right.
    95.        i am a cat person all the way, i even have tattoos of cats so the guy of my dreams better love cats or he's not getting my heart.
    96.        My ex husband hated cats and my second husband loves cats & is the greatest man alive I think men who like cats are more caring and understanding.
    97.        Cats are smart, they're hunters, they're affectionate, and they are loyal (believe it or not). They know a great deal about you, they even know when you are going to die....... They also give you unconditional love........and sometimes we need that.
    98.        Many change their idea about them when they have them.......
    99.        When I married my husband I had three cats. He wasn't really thrilled about it, but he had a mouse problem in his house that the cats took care of. Since then I have said good bye to two of my babies but now have six cats, most recently adopting a brother and sister after rescuing their momma, sister and them from sure death. He won't admit it, but he loves the kitties and refers to himself as "Daddy" when he talks to them. He's definitely a cat man.
    100.        Men who are good to cats are also good with People.
    101.        QUESTION 1 DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.
    102.        Men that like cats are definitely more compassionate are caring.
    103.        If a man can win a cat's respect, the man will win my respect. Man dominates over dog, cats dominates over man.
    104.        I also would never be involved with any man who did not like cats. They are our companions who give us tender affection are independent and you don't need to walk them in the middle of a snow storm at 5:30am. They are pure delights in my eyes. I love my cats and pamper them appropriately
    105.        Show tenderness
    106.        I am drawn towards men who like cats. The ones who prefer dogs, are evil to cats, mean to them.
    107.        Why not, I know a lot of men who absolutely adore their cats..
    108.        Real men don't own cats... they're owned *by* cats, just like the six that currently own me.
    109.        Men who are in touch with their humanity are able to show ANYONE love and affection!
    110.        I will NOT date or marry any man who will NOT willingly and lovingly embrace my feline children. I WILL choose my cats over a man. If a man LOVES my cats and they approve, well look out cause I'm gonna be his best fantasy wife! :-)

    111.        My cats are my babies. Except I don't have 3 o'clock feedings
    112.        Real men love cats.
    113.        the few guys i dated who had cats were more sensitive, quiet shy caring, giving,
    114.        my husband never liked cats know that he is older we findout how easy is to taker of a cat than a dog. He loves our cat bubba.
    115.        It's the pseudo-macho man who doesn't like cats. They can't deal with the independent nature of cats and therefore prefer dogs.
    116.        I think men who like cats are a bonus. Men who like animals in general tend by caring, compassionate and kind for the most part.
    117.        I certainly hope real men like cats, I have had them all my life. Right now, Ozzie my pecan orchard guardian keeps squirrels away from the trees, when he is not doing that, he sits in my workshop with me and doesn't mind the woodworking tools and noises. We communicate and understand each other quite well.
    118.        I do not accept the dog-people/cat-people distinction. That being said, it is also true that there are people who are almost pathologically terrified of and in hatred of, cats: condition called "aileurophobia" [my spelling may be off]. I think these folk are more likely to be men. I don't know why this is so; it is simply something I have observed. Men who like cats are less likely to want deference from their women than men who dislike cats. They are less likely to need continuous reassurance, generally speaking. And they are likely to know how to handle fragile things without hurting them. They are also likely to think of their women as cats, but to mean that as a complement. My own man is one of these. He is convinced that I know how to purr. And he never pushes my real pussy-cat off the bed. Best wishes, Mrp.
    119.        I had cats as a kid, played with them but my dog was my best friend. My wife loved cats all her life, so we had cats and a dog. I put up with them as did the dog, then a stray we named Buster came to live with us. Buster was more like a dog than a cat, if I went on the roof he was there, he slept with us, usually on my arm. He visited most of the neighbors routinely, had breakfast almost every morning with one of the neighbors, everyone loved him. We had him for about five years before he was killed, I cried as I prepared him for burial...a week before that,Lucky, the cat we found along the road as a kitten died after being sick for a year or so. Tough time. We still had Ollie, Ollie lived to be just shy of twenty years old, we got a cat named Gabe to keep Ollie company during his last couple of years. Gabe was a feral cat our vet trapped, meaner than a snake, after neutering he is gentle as can be. We got him after the vet kept him for almost a year. He is a loner and is spoiled but we love him dearly. I am seventy years old and a U.S. Marine circa 1958...I consider myself a real man and I am proud to say I love my cats. They return the love they receive....
    120.        Well, even though I checked Yes, I dont refer to my cat as Yes. HIs name is Cartman..and then there is Cleopatra, and Beau, and Navarre, and SHelby, Belle, Simon and Eight. Yes, I have 8 cats..and a dog..and some fish.....and a snake....
    121.        Men who enjoy cats are more thoughtful and loving...I like that!
    122.        I found men who love cats are very loving patient men.
    123.        I never liked Cats most of my life. The cat from across the street started to hang out once in awhile and I started taking a likeing to him until he got in a scrape with probably a racoon and didn't make it. Since then I have aquired 2 of my own and they are my babies.I never knew what I was missing and couldn't live without them. They only go outside with me and my wife on a leash everyday and don't mind it. They are well takin care of and are just like children.
    124.        i am 43 and male.own 2 serengeti females and they are my "baby girls."i think it is more a control issue more than anything with pets.a more controlling personality is a "dog person" and one less so is a "cat person".my two girls follow me room to room(but not underfoot),greet me after work,wake me up everyday(no alarm anymore),play fetch and come running at a whistle from me or my wife.
    125.        Cats are great companions
    126.        Men and cats...same as men with ANY type of pet-dog,cat-to have,and show love and care for a pet--to me ,THAT is one of my definations of "being a real man". In my opinion(and proven in my 44 young years)-a man who has no respect,love,caring,consideration for,bond with,ANY pet ,or animal-is not a "man" at all.....Daisy E.
    127.        This above question and the choices for answers don't make any sense!
    128.        My Husband Loves My 5 Cats. He is allergic to my 4 Persians. His favorite is My Red and White Red Tabby Persian Caesar. He comes home at night from work, grabs Caesar and proudly walks around the house with him every night.Then he pets and talks to him. I am still amazed that he takes all 5 of my kitties so well. Our 5th one is a Cornish Rex, Cleopatra who lords over all including Him!
    129.        I absolooooootly agree with her!
    130.        My boyfriend is a prior service ReCon Marine and his favorite cat of all time was a 4 lb. fluffy Tortie Point Himalayan. I fell in love with him because he is manly enough to proudly carry around a tiny furball and admit that she had him wrapped around her fluffy little paw. OOORRRAAAHHHH and MMMMEEEEOOOOOWWWWW!

    131.        some like cats
    132.        My ex-boyfriend helped me find my fantastic cat at a shelter where he had gotten his cat. The relationship didn't work out, but I did get a great kitty! Even though he turned out to be a loser, he did own a cat and was a real man. Also had another boyfriend who loved his cat probably more than he loved me, and he was a macho contruction type guy.
    133.        Was a definite "turn-on" when I met my now husband and he said he liked cats. Would not have married a man that didn't
    134.        I do not think the majority of men take care of cats as well as women, but the ones that do are great feline owners.
    135.        I don't trust anyone of any gender unless they like cats. My husband loves our 5 cats and is a kind, sweet and compassionate masculine man. I know many men who love cats and they're the best.
    136.        I have loved cats all my life. When I was dating, any man showing hostility to my cats or who told me he "hated cats" or "didn't like animals" was shown to the door. Please pass this on (for men and women): any one who resents your animal companions (or children) because they don't want to share your affections should be DROPPED LIKE A HOT ROCK. Too often I hear or read stories about an anguished woman whose boyfriend has maimed or killed her cat or dog or the animal has suspiciously disappeared. Almost always, she admits the guy had a problem with jealousy that she overlooked because she "loved" him. I know this is more than you asked for but please consider sharing it with your readers. Anyone who expects you to give up a cherished animal companion because of their own self-centeredness has a serious character flaw which should give you good warning as to who will always come first in a permanent relationship. I have personally known women and men who have saddled themselves with mates like this - and women of this nature are just as cruel and mean-spirited as the men. Anyway, thanks for lettig me vent. I really enjoy your website.
    137.        The vet technician is right! I find out what a prospective date feels about cats early on and it does make a difference in the type of person he is. Cat lovers are intelligent, patient, observant, kind...rather like cats themselves.
    138.        I totally agree that real men love cats!
    139.        It took about 10 years for my husband to come to understand cats. Now he takes ours for walks and even on vacation in our motor home. Bodhi, our cat is a very important member of our family.
    140.        My husband said I wasn't allowed to get a cat...I brought one home that I saw being born. I waited till it was 5 weeks old and my husband fell in love with her. That was 16 years ago....We now have 3.
    141.        When we were first dating my husband, an avid hunter, referred to cats as "targets". I was horrified that he could make such a cruel statement about the animals I love so much. Came to find out he had never really known a cat. After he became acquainted with my twelve and fourteen year old feline family members he felt ashamed that he had made such a statement. He buys cat toys as Christmas presents for the cats along with the other animals that share our home.
    142.        If a man doesn't like my cats then I am not interested in him. I am with a man now who is totally in love with my cats and is amazing with them and that tells a lot about his personality.
    143.        That question does not make sense. How do you refer to your cat? What is that supposed to mean? It does not matter whether it is a man or a woman--epople who only like dogs and NOT cats are people who require dominance over other living things. These individuals cannot handle ambiguity, and they often less trusting and more suspicious than epople who love cats.
    144.        I had two doga...married a man with a cat. He (the man) is the most thoughtful and caring man on the planet. Not to mention, he doesn't smoke, chew, or spit; has all his own teeth, and has a job. I can guarantee that of all male cat owners - dog owners, no guarantee!
    145.        Men that have or like cats are more sensitive and understanding
    146.        I'm not sure I understand question 1, but I think it means that you openly state you have cats. Re men and cats -- some men were raised in dog families which explains their problem. But some men just don't like cats period and I don't like such men. Men who like cats are more intellectual and compassionate towards people and animals. I refer you to the book "The Cat Inside" by William Boroughs.
    147.        Men who don't like cats are probably controlling jerks. I'm a man and have 47 cats that I rescued and I feel that most men that profess to hate cats are trying to play like they are some kind of tough guy that thinks they are too cool to love a cat.
    148.        My husband now owns a coffee mug that says real men like cats :)
    149.        Question 1 made no sense....Yes real men can own and love cats!!! My husband loves our Bengal mix Dulcie Bell and calls himself Daddy to her. Of course I am Momma
    150.        I like people who love cats
    151.        My b/f turned into a cat lover when we got a kitten that was a stray and it actually changed my boyfriend for the good, and we got closer also.
    152.        The vet tech is absolutely right. Men who are subjects of cats (because no one "owns" cats) have a different way of viewing everything in life. It is more nuanced, understanding, and kind, not to mention loving and compassionate.
    153.        Question 1: I refer to my cat by many names truffles ( her name), pumkinhead, pussykins, naughty kitty- to name few. Qestion 2: They need to understand that all my animals are part of my family. Love me love my animals. If a person thinks that animals are germy , then they must think that people are really clean. I dated a guy that thought even touching an animal constituted immediate handwashing, in the meantime he never washed his hands after using the facilities and ate out in places I would consider less than clean. Needless to say, it did not last. The current boyfriend loves our dog, but the cat is stil shy around him.
    154.        rug rats
    155.        I have 4 cats, all spayed females with all claws that are indoor cats exclusively. I have been around cats since I was a kid on a farm that my parents rented. I'm 54 years old now and firmly believe that cat owners are more in tune with the feelings of others. Dogs are slavishly obedient, which is okay, but cats give love on their own terms, which is the way it should be. Cat owners can sense how their cats feel, and vice-versa.
    156.        I think your vet tech friend has it absolutely right.
    157.        The ultimate hunter killer? Come on!
    158.        Men that like cats are nonjudgemental
    159.        Absolutely, I love men who love cats!
    160.        Real men do love cats. Men who love cats are more sensitive and understanding, less "macho" perhaps, but more genuinely manly.

    161.        I don't trust any man who hates cats (or any critter, for that matter)...if he loathes an animal that out!
    162.        My husband is the BEST! I have been a foster mom and in rescue for over 8 years. He has seen kitties come and go. He accepts them, plays with them, and yes, gives them kisses. So, my guy loves cats! Even though he says he does not!
    163.        I am a married man and have two cats, I think the reason they came is because as a couple we made some decisions together that made sense for us to own cats. Probably if I were single now I wouldn´t own pets for that matter, just because of fear to have to take care of something.
    164.        Question 1 makes no sense. Absolutely real men like cats, if not they are unworthy of notice.
    165.        I agree that men who own/love cats are a much better compagnion: more intuitive, compassionate, sensual and understanding. I would never be found in the company of a catless man!
    166.        Some men like cats, just like there are some women like cats and some that won't have them. That is their choice. I know men who really like cats as their pets.
    167.        My husband loves our two cats and he was a dog person. He sits with the boy kitty and watches football! They watch it together on the couch. The cat seems to know when it's football time with just "the guys".
    168.        men that like cats are usually compassionate people
    169.        I think a man who is a "real" man must love cats!! My late husband wasn't a real cat lover, but he did love the cats that we always had. And one of our cats picked him out as "hers".
    170.        I used to have a boyfriend he didn't like cats he liked only dogs. He was never around cats.One night in his motor home he tried to hurt a cat I laid into him about. He never did that again. When he meet me I told him You love me you love my cats. My cats were all over him they love him and he fell in love with them to.
    171.        Some women don't like cats. Men can like cats. There is no gender difference.
    172.        I've found men who like cats are just nicer people over all. I could never have a serious relationship with anyone who would not accept my cats since they are part of me.
    173.        men will say they don't like cats,lke my husband, we have three. And I catch him petting them. We had to have one of our cats down, she had kidney failure, He cried as much as I did.
    174.        First, my question is "what does - how do your refer to your cat?" yes, no, ?? How do I refer what to my cat........ Next, I think men who like cats are more emotionally available. Anyone who says they don't like an animal is not open minded enough. A man who likes a cat is a free thinking, accepting man who knows that all animals are independent and interesting creatures. I could say more, but that's enough for now.
    175.        I also won't date men who are not cat lovers.
    176.        My husband has grown to like our two cats. My brother played with my cats when he visited us recently.
    177.        my husband and I have 6 cats and they want him too play with them after he is home from work !
    178.        My 73 yr old Mom & 80 yr old Dad, & 2 brothers in their 40's (one at home - one not far away) have had & loved cats for almost 18 years now. The 3 guys are manly men & not ashamed to show their love for the kitties we've had over the years. In fact, my parents one remaining Cat- out of 3, is 18 & has been sick for over a year, but they have taken him to the Vet's twice a week for fluids & weighing & checkups & then blood work, plus twice a month for over a year. But most of all, they plan their days around giving him the med's he needs 4 times a day- every day since over a year ago. (If they go away, I go stay with him just for company :) Even tho we know his time to go is near, the Doc has been sure that he hasn't been suffering, just getting old. They have done everything they could & have spent a fortune to keep him going. He has had a wonderful life since he was adopted from the shelter by my family, & well loved by the whole extended family, but we all will still be devastated when he's gone. My Baby-Girl is 12 now & I lose it just thinking about her getting older like her cousin. So YES- real men love cats!
    179.        My nephew loves cats. He is a wonderful father and husband. He is very attuned to his family's feelings and needs. I think that men who love cats are great people based on what I have seen.
    180.        I would much rather date a man that loves cats.
    181.        I know wonderful men who are reduced to blithering idiots by their cats. It's very charming. Very touching.
    182.        Yes, real men can own cats. I know several men at work who own cats both at home and at work.
    183.        Dogs have masters, cats have servants
    184.        Men who don't like cats have probably never had one and will most likely conform to society's stereotypes about men and quiche, the color pink, the list goes on and on. A man who says he doesn't like cats is not his own man. Cats are just like people, they are all so very different.
    185.        Cats are for anyone...just depends on the person, not the gender.

    186.        Twenty years ago when I met my husband, he had never really been around cats. He always had a dog when he was growing up and never really liked cats. A stray kitten came to my apartment and we fed him. He ate everything- from spaghetti to lettuce to beans - everything. So we called him Mikey. My soon to be husband fell in love with him before he fell in love with me. Because of Mikey, he also fell in love with everything cat. We had Mikey for 18 years and every cat that showed up we adopted in one way or the other. We have 8 inside cats that go in our out through the cat door. We also built a cat house with a outside porch and shelves that we feed the feral cats. They number from about 5-8 most of the time with more showing up all the time. My husband wants to take home every cat he sees because of Mikey
    187.        Real men own cats! My husband is a real man. Not macho, but real!
    189.        My husband loves cats and cats love him ! I wouldn't be with any man that hated any animal!!!
    190.        question doesn't make sense
    191.        I am 6ft3, weigh 220 lbs, let someone ask me if real men love cats, I own 14 cats and would not take anything for any of them, I am a real man and i do love cats.(Well 2 belong to my daughter and one to my wife, but the rest are mine.) I have two cats that even love working on my old cars with me.
    192.        They show their masclinenty by not being bother what others say
    193.        Gentlemen like cats
    194.        Ernest Hemingway was a cat lover, and about as "macho," as a man can get. Read his bio.
    195.        I don't think it matters if you love your cat.
    196.        Like the vet technician, I prefer men who like cats! I certainly won't date a man who doesn't like animals - never sure if I can trust people who don't like animals. They seem to have a vital part that is missing.
    197.        I think such men are more compassionate and understanding. In fact I am looking for one now.
    198.        I agree with the vet tech. Men that have cats are more cerebral and much more in touch with their surroundings.
    199.        My husband loves cats. When we were dating, he had plenty of time to find out! We've been married 38 years and have had many kitties that we've loved so very much, and cried so when they passed on to The Rainbow Bridge.
    200.        Yes, real men do have and love cats. My husband is a perfect example. One of the best books written on this subject is "My Cat Spit Mcgee" by Willie Morris. He also wrote "My Dog Skip," which was made into a movie by the same name. Moose, who played Eddie on the sitcom "Frasier," shared the role of Skip with his father. Word is that they couldn't stand each other.
    201.        We have 5 cats indoors and a 140 lb Malamute outside...and they all get along just fine. The cats are the best stress reliever I know after a hard day.
    202.        I refer to my cat as my daughter. I got her when she was very little. I have had her for 12 years. I consider her a rescue due to the home where I got her from. She is very spoiled. being raised on bottled spring water, having her food warmed up in the microwave, ice put in her water when it gets warm and sharing my electric blanket in the winter time when she gets cold.
    203.        sweet,loveable
    204.        Men that love cats are more compassionate and thoughtful
    205.        My husband was once a member of the 'Macho cat hater's club' and I couldn't talk him into allowing me to have a cat. For years, he resisted until one night I was supposed to be going to get Take Out for us and ended up stopping first at the local Pet Shop where a small pitch black Persian female kitten was on display at the entrance. As I up to her cage, she reached her little paw out and snagged my shirt with her tiny claws and looked up at me with those beautiful little kitten eyes and I couldn't leave her there. Yes, I went against my husband's wishes and snuck that little kitten home through the back door along with the Take Out Chicken dinners I'd stopped to purchase on the way home. Must have been the smell of the chicken that made this small black kitten cry so loud. I walked in the back door, kitten in tow along with the Chicken dinners...and I walked right up to my husband and took that little black Persian ball of screaming fluff and placed her defiantly on the lap of my husband, who was sitting comfortably in his Lazy-Boy. That tiny kitten immediately curled up on my rough, tough husband's lap and fell asleep. For 2 hours, my husband didn't move a hair as this little girl wound her way into his heart. He didn't want to disturbe her. I knew she had won the battle I'd fought for years. We named her "Brio" and she was our sweet little furry girl for 15 years. When we had to say farewell to our beautiful Brio, my husband and I shared our deep grief together. We miss her terribly. She changed the heart of a full grown card carrying "cat hater" into a gentle, kind hearted kitty lover....I knew she could do it!
    206.        Our six cats help keep me humble. I guess we all need that. - John
    207.        I never trusted a man who hated cats. Cats seem to know who like them and who doesnt and the ones who seem to be afraid of them. And the ones who are afraid of cats are the ones a cat will go to every time.
    208.        My husband is a pilot with a very high stress job. Our babies (kitties) help him tremendously with regard to relaxing and de-stressing.
    209.        Why SHOULD men dislike ANY species, especially cats? I work with several "real" men who own and adore cats as well as dogs. Why discriminate? They both have wonderful attributes. My cats are my joy in life--best company, loving and sweet animals. I think cats are for people who THINK.
    210.        Most men either love them or have no use for them. If the cat endears itself...they say it is like a dog.

    211.        I have seen several men "discover" cats, and it is a pleasure to watch them fall in love with their cats. Yes, real men do own cats (or allow themselves to be owned by cats. My husband and son are prime examples -- and both are patient, considerate, gentle, responsible, and fun to be with.
    212.        my dad has always had cats , I have 3 cats and i think they calm me, amuse me, love me, care for me, there is very little up keep. and they will live longer than dogs. that means 3-5 less heartaches in my life when they pass. Brad
    213.        I know some men that don't like cats and usually they're kind of jerks. My boyfriend has had cats throughout the years and he is SO good with them. He's great with our dog, too, but he and the cat have a special relationship. When the cat wants to rough house, he goes to dad and they just play and play!
    214.        Its not a dog or cat issue! You either like animals or don't. yes I was a dog person most of my life although my Mother preferred cats. While overseas in the Middle East, I adopted what looked like the ugliest meanest cat I ever did see or rather she adopted me. She promptly provided me with a litter of Kittens after about a month. Three of them and the mother passed away in that unsafe environment where I was living. Anyhow the one offspring remained a calico with the disposition of her mother and a great deal of Persian the other other a scrawny kitten was a stray in an airport Fire station left at about 3 weeks to its own resources. I took it home as I did not want to see it die. Both Wolfie and Alulah have been with me ever since and share our home in Missouri now. Thy are both loving cats in their own way but it has not been an easy journey including our return to the USA. I am now truly a cat person but still love doges as well. I chose not to own one again as I prefer to take good care of the pets I have time space and the the resources to take adequately care of. Although my cats are economy models. I have spent a good sum on them bringing them back from overseas and would not trade them for anything. I guess I have changed my attitude and preference somewhat but I still like all animals regardless.
    215.        Don't understand your question ..... how do you refer to your cat. As for: Do real men love cats? ABSOLUTELY! Wouldn't be with a man who didn't.
    216.        Men who do not like cats were probably mice in an earlier life!
    217.        I am a 47 year old man who has a beautiful wife, 2 kids and 5 cats. By the way I have been a competitive powerlifter for 28 years. I am a 10 time VA State Champion and current National Champion and have owned a cat all of my life. Real men definitely own and love cats.
    218.        I am a man and am a foster parent to a friends cat. I dated a woman who introduced me to her 3 cats and wouldn't have dated me if the cats had not approved of me or I had disliked cats.
    219.        The last few men I dated owned cats. I do find that for the most part they are more compassionate, and even seem to have a better sense of humor, than non-cat owners. I've also discovered that men's cats seem to be more verbal than cats that are owned by women.
    220.        Why does this even have to be a question? I am animal lover, period. I have a cat, and if could, I would dogs, cats, lions, tigers, bears, dolphins... everything possible. Because animals deserve love and most of all respect. So do real men love cats, this real man does.
    221.        I've been married over 40 years to a man who likes cats. He was surprised to know that I'd not have gone out with him a second time if he'd said he didn't like cats. It's that important.
    222.        When I was single, I let my cats have the final say on who I dated. If the cats did not like a guy, I trusted their instincts.. and they were always right. The guy they liked the most proposed to me 10 days after we met. We are about to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary... and our current cats live him as much as their predecessors!
    223.        I have 3 and also foster so he must love cats! and a dog. They are all non negotiable!!!
    224.        I knew my now husband was the one when he rushed my kitty to an emergency vet at the end of a date and even checked the cat in with his last name.
    225.        I feel that when a man loves a cat it shows a great deal about him. Shows that he is loving, patient, gental and understanding. It is really attractive when I see a man with a cat and I will not even date a man unless he is a cat lover and knows the cat. I have two very special babies and I have to be careful about who I let around them. Real men love cats.

    226.        The kindest manliest men I know love cats as well as dogs. Those that do not like cats strike me as having a character flaw. We have a cat as they are quirky, beautiful, affectionate lap warmers with funny, playful personalities that delight to no end! I call our Persian my kitty daughter as that is what she is! I've raised a family, have 2 Grandchildren, have had a cat or more since 1956 as well as dogs but cats win out in my heart and soul!
    227.        Above is an unclear question. i agree with article. I raised my son as a cat lover. Girls are crazy about him. i would not consider a man unless he liked cas and cat stories as they a main source of entertainment in my life. I am a pet sitter and will pass this on to my cat clients.
    228.        Real men are cat lovers! It takes a special man to love any animal, cats are no exception.
    229.        I think that men really like cats.My boyfriend has got one cat named Tuffy and I have 2,Kramer and little Tooey.They get along well together and do we.
    230.        ANY human being who has an open heart and compassion for an animal is, i feel, more living up to the potential that our creator meant us to use. A man who is not afraid of feeling tenderness towards a cat, is not someone who has to prove what a man he is, and hopefully this openness will infuse everything he is and all beings he relates to..
    231.        I think your friend is right about men and cats. The one's that don't like cats are one's I stay away from.
    232.        Cat loving men, in my experience, appear to be more caring than cat haters...and I'de never have one in my home.
    233.        I too feel that men that own and love cats, are more compassionate and sensitive men.
    234.        Your first question is impossible to answer. How do I refer to my cat? With yes, no and not sure as the answer? As for men and cats, I would never marry or date a man who didn't like cats, I agree with the vet tech. Our two cats have both won over my husband, who was never a cat hater, but could take them or leave them. I've even caught him playing with our boy cat, a stray we took in about two years ago. I could never live with a man who disliked cats.
    235.        i've always had dogs but when my last one passed away i was given a kitten a few weeks after to look after and she's 4 now and she's my world simon from england 6'7 & 300bls
    236.        A lot of people think it's strange for a man to have a cat since cats are usually equated with females in their temperment. My husband, when I met him, had a cate who he loved dearly. It's also a good gauge on what type of character a person has...
    237.        I agree about men who own cats, they are more patient and compassionate. I think most men don't give cats a chance.
    238.        We have 2 a female Misty 5 years old and and male Mars 7 years old
    239.        First, question #1 makes no sense. I think men who like cats are more comfortable and secure in their manhood. Men who like cats are real men!

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