The idea comes from watching my cat groom me and a question a lady asked on the internet. She asked an expert why her cat was suddenly affectionate towards her husband. She mentioned her hubby has hairy arms. Their cat liked to lick his arms. The hirsute arms might act as a stimulus the expert remarked.
If being hairy stimulates a cat to groom a person it would favour the male of the human species. There is nothing to suggest amongst the million tons of cat information on the internet that men get more of the cat grooming action than women so I doubt that in general cats are stimulated to groom hairy arms!
However, this is more likely to be an individual cat trait. Each cat has his preferences. The lady’s cat could just be one of those who prefers hirsute men 😉 .
My personal experience is that hair can be a barrier when it is on humans. My cat likes to lick my hands but hardly ever the hairy bit of my arms and almost never the hair on my head.
Does anyone have any personal experience of this nature? Seriously, I’d have thought that most people have not given it any thought because there are no indications that it is a noticeable cat trait.