There are many good, positive reasons why more women than men are attracted to the cat. It is a good phenomenon. It occurred to me that another reason is that cat anatomy is attractive to women.
There are possible two types of attractive cat anatomy. The baby face kitten is one which elicits mother’s nurturing instincts. That is rather obvious. Even the adult cat has large eyes in relation to head size which quietly hints at ‘baby’!
The other, which is not discussed, is the young adult feline form. The lithe, slender, mysterious and athletic form of the domestic cat.
There is a similarity with the way a model walks down the cat walk (note the overlapping terminology) at a designer fashion show and the way a young cat walks across the room to nonchalantly rub against your leg and then walk off. It is that confident insolance and independence which chimes well with the image of the young women making her way in the world.
We are talking about youth here so perhaps I should say that feline anatomy is attractive to young women but older women can still find it enviable; the recapturing of youth.
We can refer to the cat breeds to see how women’s attraction to cats is based on these two facets: baby or slender, lithe body.
The top breed for years in the USA was the Persian; a squat, rounded cat with large eyes and fluffy fur. This cat is a feline version of the human baby.
The Siamese is described as ‘foreign‘ and ‘oriental’ by the cat fancy; hints of the exotic and of Asia. This breed has an extremely slender appearance, almost taken directly from the modern skinny models which some people complain promotes anorexia.
Here there is an overlap between cat and young woman. It is women who decide what these cats look like as they run the cat fancy. What they consider desirable in the form and shape of cat breeds reflects what they consider desirable for themselves and women.
When you throw in the plumed tail of, say, the Somali cat (long-haired Abyssinian) you have that extra flourish, almost as if the lady is wearing a fancy hat at the races.
Of the wild cats, the serval is particularly popular with women who like to domesticate it. The serval is the most leggy and slender of all the wild cats. No surprise then.