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My Cat Snubs Me, But Loves My Wife

I don’t mean to be bitter here, but it’s true.  Our cat, Rascal, (named because his hair looked like the lead singer of Rascal Flatts when he was born), is not the most loving creature on the planet.  At least not to me.  He literally walks past me and swipes me when i go to pet him, unless it’s feeding time.  Then he knows how to “kiss up”.  But even then he seems to take to my wife so much more.  “Why is that?”, he asked? Bring in the next scientific study.  More “Bla Bla Bla”, right?.  Well, I’m not so sure.  This one seems to hit home, literally!   According to an article at, cats and women seem to hit if off very well.  The connection between a cat and a female “humanoid” in many ways seems to mirror the relationship that women have to their children.

According to one researcher:

Richie's Cat Rascal
photo by Richie Phillips

While cats have plenty of male admirers, and vice versa, this study and others reveal that women tend to interact with their cats — be they male or female felines — more than men do.

“In response, the cats approach female owners more frequently, and initiate contact more frequently (such as jumping on laps) than they do with male owners,” co-author Manuela Wedl of the University of Vienna told Discovery News, adding that “female owners have more intense relationships with their cats than do male owners.”

Ain’t that a co-ink-ee-dink?   That’s exactly what happens at home.  She knows how to pet him too.  If I even touch him, he “flicks me off” in his snooty feline way.  And as my partner Sean can tell you, I have a very fragile ego.  This little action can put me in a “funk” for days on end.   But maybe not so much anymore.  It was great to know that I am not alone.  Hope this helps all you guys with the same inferiority complex.  (If you ever need to talk about it, you can send comments!)

Meanwhile I’ll stick with our dogs who understand me so much better and treat me with the respect and dignity that I deserve (like making me clean up their poop in the back yard in 2 feet of snow).

Ahhh, the wonders of pet ownership! (Don’t tell Steve Caporizzo about this blog!!!)

Do you find that your cat acts the same way?  (maybe we can start a Human Male Appreciation Class over at the Petsmart!)

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