New research recently revealed that women, in general, tend to bond more with cats than men do. Many men, however, enjoy equally rewarding relationships with cats. What might explain our puzzling human-cat dynamics?
Women and Cats
Men and women frequently differ in their influence over the cat. “It is known that, when humans and cats first meet, women tend to speak/vocalize to the cat more than men, and cats tend to approach women more often than men,” says Wedl.
Once again, sound isn’t the only bonding factor. “In studies of cat-owning families, it has been found that women tend to interact with their cats more than men do,” says Wedl. “In response, the cats approach female owners more frequently and initiate contact more frequently, such as jumping up, than they do with male owners.” She additionally points out that other researchers believe “female owners have more intense relationships with their cats than do male owners.”
Men and Cats
Mysteries remain as to why cats and women so often seem to bond well. It could have to do with the cat-baby similarities. It may also just be that the ways women tend to express affiliation match better with those of cats. Hormones, genetics and other forms of hardwiring can come into play.
Sometimes research data is even skewed toward women because, in some households, women tend to be at home more and can therefore spend more time with their cats.