I've noticed many Twitter followers declaring that they're cat lovers. I am too, though men are much less likely to let this be known in public.
Consider a cat's characteristics. It's fairly inscrutable and discreet – but somehow always gets its way. How do we know what cats want? They're good verbal and non-verbal communicators – withouth ever having to spell it out.
They can be grateful and affectionate, but have their agenda and aren't quick to compromise with humans. They're funny – but hate being laughed at. They rely on us but never seem too dependent.
In a word, cats are charming. We want to please our cats.
Now, as any child knows, the opposite of cat is dog.
A man's relationship with his dog is so much more direct. They take instructions from us, they love to be in a pack. They show off and like to please us.
You will have guessed where my metaphor is leading:
Dogs are like advertising. Cats are like public relations.