Historically, there is a strong connection between women and cats. While cats, which were domesticated 10,000 years ago, are excellent natural hunters, they are also savvy enough to hang around where they will get fed. A mutually beneficial relationship developed.
Cats, while social and playful, are more like the Simon Cowells of the animal world–getting their approval isn’t so easy. So why are women more okay with these less obvious displays of affection?
It may be that women are more intrinsically gratified by nurturing others, and therefore do not need an external reflection to reinforce caretaking behaviour, Still, plenty of men love cats too. Tough men like Ernest Hemingway and Sir Winston Churchill were fanatic cat lovers.