If you’re still looking for that special someone, you may have tried a whole host of ways to connect. As well as the usual meeting people at work or bars, there’s social media, speed dating and a whole variety of other options. But sometimes it pays to think outside the box, and following a chat with some of our female colleagues, you know what women find really sexy about a man? A cat. Apparently, men with cats are infinitely more attractive than other men. So, if you have a cat, maybe it’s time to start making the most of it. And, if you don’t, it might be time to get one…
Here’s a quick guide to why women love men with cats, as well as an overview to some different breeds you might want to consider.
There’s nothing more unattractive than a man with a ‘macho’ dog
Lots of men like dogs, and whilst there is nothing wrong with that, most men seem to go for the macho style dogs such as Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and other large aggressive looking variations. Whilst they may be very nice, friendly dogs, they scream insecurity to a woman.
Take a walk round any residential area and in general the type of man walking around with an ‘attack dog’ is the sort of weasly chav you’ll find on the Jeremy Kyle show. Is that the image you really want to give off? If you want to pull Sharon the slapper who’s got six kids with five different dads maybe it is, but if you want a girl with a little bit more class, you’re far better with a cute dog, or even better, a cat.
Cats show you’re an independent thinker
The cat is the ultimate independent pet, and owning one shows you to be a man who understands the spirit of independence. You don’t choose to own a cat, a cat chooses to be with you, and this is really attractive to a woman. If you’re violent, aggressive, moody or horrible, a cat will be off, so the fact that your cat chooses to stay with you in your home speaks a thousand words to a woman.
Loving a cat shows off your caring, sensitive side
If you look back to caveman days, women wanted a man who could protect her, and provide for her. Whilst these things are still important today to some women, we’ve moved on a lot since the prehistoric era and women are looking for a lot more. Of course, if you’re a muscled up beefcake who has more at home in the Octagon than your local shopping centre there’s nothing wrong with this, but if you had a cat as well, you’re going to be displaying the complete package.
Owning a cat shows you have the ability to commit
Cats are one of the easiest pets to own. But there is still a degree of responsibility that comes with ownership. Feeding the cat, making sure it has fresh water and ensuring it is looked after if you have to go away are all factors that you’ll have to consider when owning a cat. Most importantly, with the average cat living to fifteen years of age, it shows you can stick to things for a long time. With commitment being something that women find incredibly attractive about a man, they’re going to love the fact you have a cat.
It shows you are comfortable with your masculinity
We’ve touched on the fact that some men seem to think the only pet they can own is a large, vicious attack style dog, and how it screams insecurity to a woman. What it also portrays is a man who feels the need to project his masculinity. Why would they do this? Maybe they have something to hide? A man who owns a cat, however, is a man completely at home with his masculinity. He doesn’t need to parade round the streets with his Pit Bull to be a real man. A real man cuddles up on the sofa with his kitty.
Convinced? If you don’t already have a cat, then it’s time to get one. As one of the most flexible and easiest pets to own, they are suitable for most people and places, although if you live in the middle of a city, it may not be the best idea. If you’re ready to get a cat, here are 10 types of cats to consider:
Types of cats to consider
Lifespan: 14 to 15 years
Temperament: Home loving, devoted, lively, playful into adulthood, intelligent and loyal
Looking almost feral and wild, Abyssinian cats are distinctive looking with a muscular lithe build that are intelligent, playful, cheeky and inquisitive. In fact, they are almost dog-like in some respects, and love to play fetch and retrieve games. Brilliant companion cats, they’re a great choice of pet.
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
Temperament: Intelligent, lively, playful into adulthood, friendly and affectionate
Bengal cats are wild looking domestic cats and are large and muscular with a thick low carried tail. One of the most loyal of cats, they are adaptable, sociable and quite talkative. With a love of water, don’t be surprised to find your cat in the sink, climbing into the toilet or drinking from the tap.
Lifespan: 15 to 20 years
Temperament: Good with children and other pets, friendly, affectionate, loyal and devoted
One of Britain’s first pedigree cats, the British Shorthair is also one of the most popular in the UK. Chunky and well muscled, they have short and strong legs and a rounded tail. They have a distinctive appearance due to their large and round head with short and thick neck. Their popularity is no surprise when you see their teddy bear looks, but they have a fantastic temperament too. Placid and affectionate, they love human company and adapt to any type of home or residence.
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Temperament: Home-loving, friendly, affectionate, quiet and considerate
A medium to large sized cat, they are one of the most recognizable breeds and look amazing. With a very full coat, they ‘fluff out’ to look a lot bigger than they actually are and are one of the most glamorous and cutest looking cats. This doesn’t take away their playfulness though, and they love to play, albeit for short bursts of time in between long bouts of lazing on the sofa. If you’re looking for a non-destructive cat, the Persian is definitely a breed to consider.
Lifespan: 16 to 18 years
Temperament: Home loving, intelligent, loyal, devoted, friendly, affectionate, playful and good with children
Burmese cats are a popular breed and rightly so. With a distinctive oriental flavour they are strong, elegant and lithe. With a ‘wedge’ shaped head they have beautiful eyes – large, lustrous and golden in colour. A real all-rounder of a cat, they are sociable, confident and bubbly. They love to be centre of attention and tend to stay very close to home, which is good if you live in a particularly busy area.
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Temperament: Intelligent, athletic, good with children and animals
The Siberian cat, as the name suggests, evolved in the Siberia region of Russia. Perhaps not surprisingly given the area’s harsh winters, this breed has a dense undercoat and long topcoat to keep the winter cold at bay. A solid and sometimes rather hefty cat, as well as their distinctive looks they also have a very fun personality. Very intelligent and inquisitive, they love to get involved in everything you are doing and will always be at your side at home. A real companion cat.
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Temperament: Playful, inquisitive and affectionate
Are you a James Bond fan? If so, the Chinchilla breed could be the one for you. Playing Blofeld’s pampered sidekick in the Bond films, the breed also featured as Snowbell in the Stuart Little movies. These fairy like cats may look at little standoffish and aloof, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Very affectionate and playful; they’re a great companion cat. Because of their longer hair, they may need a little more grooming than some of the other breeds we’ve featured.
Lifespan: Early to mid teens
Temperament: Home loving, friendly, affectionate, playful into adulthood, good with children and other pets, intelligent, loyal and devoted
One of the most distinctive looking cats you’ll see, the Devon Rex breed is a relatively recent breed, occurring in 1959 due to a natural mutation in non-pedigree cats in the Devon area. Very distinctive looking with their large pointy ears, they are one of the most entertaining and funny breeds you can own.
They love to play, but they also love to cuddle up on the sofa. If you’re very house proud, they may not be the best choice of cat, as they love to climb curtains and get into all sorts of mischief!
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Temperament: Bubbly, friendly, smart and very good with children and other animals
The Bombay breed of cat is unusual in that as a breed, it must have a good temperament to confirm to the breed standard. This means if you get a purebred Bombay, you’re almost guaranteed to have a cat with a great personality. Friendly, warm and fiercely intelligent, Bombay cats are affectionate and make a welcome addition to any household. If you’ve never had a cat before, they’re even-tempered and easy going nature make them a perfect choice.
If you really want to impress the ladies, what better way to show off your compassionate and caring side than by getting a rescue cat? With tens of thousands of cats in cat sanctuaries all over the country, giving a home to a homeless cat is a really good idea. Often they’ll already be domesticated and house trained, so it makes life so much easier for you.
In order to re-home a homeless cat, simply Google your local animal charities. You’ll not just have a new friend, but you’ll also have a good feeling that you’ve given them a nice home and a new start – not to mention you’ll probably be flocked by women at your doorstep given your newfound compassion.