Glad Cat Ladies

History shows that, in centuries past, cats and women relied on one another to make it in a world where the odds were stacked against them.
But in modern times, when women are free to work and go to school as they please, does that love of cats persist?
The answer, according to science, is yes!
In a 2011 study conducted by the University of Vienna, researchers observed that cats were more likely to interact with their female owners than with their male ones. Cats preferred women’s laps to men’s and were more inclined to approach women than they were men.
Additionally, one researcher from the study noted that the relationships between cats and women were “more intense” than those between cats and men. In fact, the woman-cat relationship was closer to a human-human relationship than a human-animal one!
So it seems that not only do women like cats more than men do, cats prefer women to men as well. Why could this be?
Some theories suggest that it has to do with intimidation. Women are, on average, smaller than men, so cats may feel less frightened of them.
Another theory: women are biologically inclined to respond to the sound of a baby’s cry, and cats understand this. Their meows (which are only used for humans, not other cats) are similar in pitch and tone to a crying baby, which makes women more likely to respond to them.
Relatedly, women seem more susceptible to cute things, like a smiling baby or a fluffy cat, than men are. Perhaps the adorable appearance of kittens and cats is what makes them so irresistible to women.
Whatever the reason, women and cats do seem to share a special bond. The female-feline connection is real, and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere!


Celebrating the relationship between women and cats 🐱
“Glad Cat Ladies”
Acrylic paint and gel medium on box canvas
50cm x 75cm
26” x 30”