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What do you think about men who love cats? For some people, cat-loving males evoke a negative and outdated geeky stereotype. Others see 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 Marlon Brando, David Bowie and Ian Somerhalder, wear their affection for cats like a badge of honor.
And tough guys? Well, who hasn’t been moved to tears by stories about deployed soldiers making friends with a cat and then bringing their new pal home with them? And what about Howard Stern? Plenty of people offended by his brand of humor reconsider their opinion once they learn he’s a devoted cat foster parent and cat dad to five rescued felines of his own (one of them blind!).
The trend celebrates confident men who adore and appreciate their feline friends for what they are: wonderful, caring little companions. We’re taking our turn to share what we consider the best things about fellas who care for kitties.
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?
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.
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 newspaper (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!
Bottom line: A cat guy is a guy who loves animals, and what’s not to love about that?
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