Once again I come to a discussion about the sort of person who likes cats. There are quite a lot of studies on the subject. I think that there is an overall slight bias against the sort of person who likes domestic cats and the reason is this. The overall culture of humankind and that which dictates how the planet is managed comes from the ambitious, testosterone-fuelled, male of the human species. And in general science is managed by men rather than women therefore studies are often generated by men rather than women.
So, science believes that owning a cat tells us a lot about the personality, health and dating life of the typical cat owner. Studies have found that cat owners are usually introverted compared to people who own dogs. They also tend to be more concerned with “expedience” rather than following the rules. This may be a by-product of one of the more outstanding and praiseworthy aspects of being a cat owner namely that they are, in general, more intelligent than dog owners and I presume other pet owners. They tend towards free thinking and not following rules.
On the downside (and there appear to be more downsides than upsides) cat owners are likely to be fatter because they are more introverted than dog owners and therefore stay inside more often and of course dog owners go outside with their dogs for a walk.
As for the typical cat owners dating life, one study concluded that cat owners are about 33% more likely to live alone and 200% more likely to live in an apartment. That also links in, it seems to me, with the potential for cat owners to be more introverted and to be single women and therefore less likely to be living in a large house with a family but more likely to own an apartment (downsized).
However, as mentioned above, I get the feeling that it is men who are judging women when you read about the personality and characteristics of cat owners. There is almost a hint of misogyny in the descriptions of the typical cat owner.
In addition, men who like cats and look after cats are sometimes described as being gay or impliedly criticised in an underhand way. They are not manly enough for the top male human predator. Once again this hints, to me, that it is the stereotypical, male of the human species who is judging other men in a slightly detrimental way.
If it is true that there is this form of bias when discussions about the personality of cat owners are published then there may be a slight bias against cats as well. If there is a bias against cat owners being typically intelligent, independent females (unable to form relationships with men) then the cat, by association, is also likely to be looked upon in a slightly detrimental manner. The “package” – woman and cat – are being judged by men of a certain character. Where there is a war between the sexes, the domestic cat is sometimes the innocent bystander who can be unjustly victimized.
I am free thinking. My conclusions are thoughts garnered over a number of years. They are not facts. Often scientific studies should not be seen as facts either.