Why Women Love Cats

This morning, I was sitting on my couch drinking my coffee (happiness!), and my cat Pumkin came over for her morning love. We have a thing in our house where I sit in Baddha Konasana (cobbler’s pose) on the couch—completely slouched, mind you, and covered in soft cashmere blankets—and make a “nest” for kids or cats (or kids pretending to be birds) to hang out in. Pumkin came over and started kneading my belly, the way cats will. And I thought to myself…”yesssssss!” I mean, how often do we women get our bellies gently, lovingly, purringly massaged? Even my masseuse, whom I adore, avoids the stomach area. This is just one reason, I thought to myself, why woman love cats. Here are a few more:

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1. If we had tails, we would use them to communicate the way cats do.Cats’ tails are so much more expressive than dogs’ tails. I love my dog, but there are only one or two different motions that tail makes. Cats…well, there’s the “I’m tolerating you, but I don’t really like it” swish. Then there is the “interesting, very, very interesting” full-bodied wag. Then there is the “I’m getting angry and I really mean it” snap of the tail. There are lots more tail expressions, but those are just a few of my favorites.

2. They don’t beg, they demand. Here is the brutal truth, all woman crave an “alpha” (which is why we love romance novels so much). But with cats it’s even better: There is no guessing—you know what they want, when they want it, and how they want it. It’s such a relief because we can just give up for a while.

3. You can leave them alone for a few days and they’ll be just fine. Really, what could be better? Some food, some water, some kitty litter, and they’ll still be happy to see you when you come home…sort of…in that cat way of showing happiness…if they feel like it.

4. Their incessant sensual napping, while making me jealous, is a reminder to take time out to rest. I can’t tell you how many times I have requested to come back as a cat in my next life. Pumkin manages to find the softest, fluffiest, most peaceful, and warm spots and spend hours, literally hours, curled up in a ball of serenity. I want more of that in my life.

5. They are as cute as kids, but without all the fuss. Whether it’s their kitten eyes of innocence, or their inability to resist batting at a piece of yarn or a toy. Actually, they are as cute as puppies, but are immediately house-trained. I mean, what could be better?

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OK. Now it’s your turn. Why do you think women love cats? (And don’t try to deny it, either.)

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Maria Teresa Schollhorn

Si yo pudiera amar a los seres humanos como a los gatos, seria una santa. Porque los amo a todos. Bebes, jovenes, o viejos. Propios y ajenos, lindos o feos. Cada vez que miro con atencion a uno de ellos me producen lo que podria llamarse una experiencia mistica. Nadie necesita convencerme de la existencia de Dios, yo lo SE cada vez que miro a un gato. Todo esto es muy loco, dice mi mente racional, pero agradezco esta sensacion que siente mi corazon. No cualquiera experimenta con tanta frecuencia los milagros.

Elisa F.
Elisa F.1 years ago

Too many reasons to list :)

Ruth Ann W.
Ruth Ann W.1 years ago

Love my dogs, love my cats, love my goat. Each feeds my soul in different ways. Was always a dog person. Then became a cat person. Always a true generalist at heart...all animals, all the time. However, do not get between me and my sleep kitty.

Karen F.
Karen F.1 years ago

I love men who love cats! Somehow when I hear a man confess to a love of cats, it melts my stony little heart. As Albert Einstein would say "the smallest feline is a masterpiece".

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Livnam Kaur1 years ago

I love my cat because he loves me :)

Neil A.
Neil A.1 years ago

I love my 2 cats which are very different, the neutered female very noisy if she wants something the big fluffy male is very soft & cuddly & loves affection.

Kim Janik
Kim Janik1 years ago

Great article.

HELEN V.1 years ago

just wanted to say I wish I could send a green star to all of you. I agree, the comments on this article are very enjoyable and perhaps more objective than the article. I am glad to see so many men standing up and expressing their love for cats. By the way I love dogs too, but I prefer cats because generally they are more independant and stand up for their rights!
loved your comments care2 members.

James Maynard
James Maynard1 years ago

All very nice reasons, but, "ahem!"
guys like cats also, for many of the
same reasons.
Have had a couple of cats, including
my current "Tony" who follows me
around like a puppy.

Kathleen R.
Kathleen R.1 years ago

I love cats ... because they are cats. I enjoyed all the comments much more than the article. The article was very generalized. Many men are just as devoted to cats as female cat lovers. Not all cats are independent some can be very dependent & clingy. I don't want an "alpha" in my household.