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It's Official! Purring Puss Cats Enhance Men's Pulling Power, and Bring out Their Caring Fe-line Side!

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HORSHAM, West Sussex, September 10 /PRNewswire/ --

- Survey findings released today at the start of Cats Protection Week have found that having a cat works wonders for a man's pulling power!

The research, conducted by leading pet researcher, psychologist Dr June McNicholas on behalf of Cats Protection, found that women - both single and partnered - were more attracted to men who like animals. Men who like cats are also more likely to be perceived by women as being nicer, more caring people.

The findings should come as a pleasant revelation to the UK's 1.28 million male cat owners, as the survey's male respondents had a surprisingly limited awareness of how their attractiveness could increase due to the presence of a pet. Female respondents were twice as likely as men to agree that women are more attracted to men who like animals (82% of women as opposed to 42% of men), and over 90% of single women, compared to just 66% of single men, thought men who like cats are nicer.

Dr Scott Miller, TV Vet and celebrity Cats Protection Week supporter, was pleased to hear the survey findings. "I think women find the presence of a cat in a bachelor pad not only a good indication of character, but also confirms our sensitive side which many women hopefully find attractive! As a single man, my two cats give me all the unconditional love I need on a daily basis."

Although there are almost 3.5 times the number of female cat owners in the UK than their male equivalent, the survey found that our cats are definitely benefiting from men having fe-lines too. "We found that cats are no longer a solely female domain," said researcher, Dr June McNicholas. "Modern men are fast getting in touch with their fe-line side, and enjoy lavishing love and care on their cats just as much as women do, if not more. This can only be a good thing for all concerned."

According to the findings, single male cat owners are more likely than their female counterparts to have made, or consider making a sacrifice for their cat, including giving up a holiday (to avoid putting the cat in a cattery) and even going into debt for their feline friend if needs be! Single men are also almost as likely as single women to consider choosing their cat over their partner, or break a friendship rather than lose their cat.

The resounding majority of both male and female respondents agreed that it's not soppy or uncool for a man to love his furry friend, with almost three-quarters of men reporting their cats give them a much-needed cuddle factor, and the same number of single men enjoying lavishing care and attention on their cat.

But descriptions of our relationships with our furry friends are still largely defined along traditional gender roles. Despite there being surprisingly little difference between single men and women when it comes to preferring to have cats than kids, men are more likely to feel that their cat is a good friend, whereas women are more inclined to describe their cat as like a child or baby.

"The findings of the survey are great news for Cats Protection," said Helen Ralston, the charity's Chief Executive. "With more than 7,000 cats in our care looking for homes at any one time, the more men who want to adopt a cat, the better. Cats offer men all the same benefits of feline friendship as they offer women, and a few more it seems!"

Men have fe-lines too is the theme of this year's Cats Protection Week which runs from 11 - 18 September. Information about the charity's work and local events happening during the Week can be found at www.cats.org.uk. For local Branch/Centre contact details, call Cats Protection's Helpline +44(0)8702-099-099 or email helpline@cats.org.uk.

Notes to Editors:

1. Issued by Cats Protection's Press Office.

2. Cats Protection is the UK's leading feline welfare charity, rehoming 60,000 felines every year through its nationwide network of 29 Cat Adoption Centres and 260 voluntary-run Branches. Its main aims are to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome cats, encourage feline neutering and disseminate quality information on good cat care. For more information about the charity, log onto www.cats.org.uk.

3. Interviews with, and images of, TV vet, Dr Scott Miller; leading animal researcher, Dr June McNicholas; and Cats Protection's Chief Executive, Helen Ralston, are available prior to and during CP Week - please contact Emma Osborne to arrange.

4. According to research from TGI 2004, there are 1.28 million male cat owners in the UK, the majority of whom live in London, and 4.7 million female cat owners, the majority of whom also live in London. Male cat owners are most likely to be aged 45 - 54, and female owners aged 35 - 44. Both male and female cat owners are more likely to be separated, widowed or divorced. Male cat owners are more successful than their cat-less male counterparts and are less likely to have children than female cat owners.

5. Regional case studies of men and their fe-lines, and regional survey statistics are also available - please contact Emma Osborne

6. Survey information: 790 people took part - 162 single men, 65 single women, 440 partnered men and 123 partnered women. Further data on male/female responses is available on cat care responsibilities, attitudes re relationship with cat, appreciation of cats' physical qualities, why people like and own cats, benefits of cat ownership and sacrifices made for cat.

    
                                Single men   Partnered    Single    Partnered
                                     %         men %     women %     women %
    
    Q. Men who like animals are much nicer animals
    
    Total agree's                   66          60          91         88
    
    Q. Women are more attracted to men who likes animals
    
    Total agree's                   47          37          84         79
    
    Statement - I would go without a holiday if I had to in order to keep
    my cat
    
    Definitely, possibly or         83          63          65         66
    probably would
    
    Statement - If I had to choose between my cat and a potential partner,
    the cat would win
    
    Definitely, possibly or         66          37          72         58
    probably would
    
    Statement - I would break friendships if they came between me and my
    Cat
    
    Definitely, possibly or         67          56          73         53
    probably would
    
    Statement - It is not soppy for a man to love his cat
    
    Total agree's                   91          89          91         97
    
    Statement - A cat gives me a much-needed cuddle factor
    
    Total agree's                   82          65          89         70
    
    Statement - Having a cat gives me something to lavish care on
    
    Total agree's                   72          50          74         65
    
    Statement - I'd rather have cats than children
    
    Total agree's                   58          53          59         49
    
    Statement - What sort of relationship describes how you feel towards
    your cat?
    
    Like a baby/child               14          26          54         45
 
    Like a partner                   7           1          3           2
 
    Like a good friend              65          51          35         42
 
    Just a pet                       0          18          6           8
 
    Other                            9           4          4           1

SOURCE The Cats Protection League T/A Cats Protection



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