"Men and cats are a natural match," writes Peter Mandel in The Wall Street Journal (8/26/13). Peter says his perspective on cats shifted as a young boy, after reading a book called, "It’s Like This, Cat," in 1964 – specifically the line: "Pop can have his memories of good old Jeff [the dog] and rabbit hunts, but I’m going to have me a tiger." The notion appealed to Peter as "absolutely primitive … Jungle dangerous and alley tough."
He did a little research and found that "despite so many tales of about dogs who tug at the leash of shared adventure, even the laziest, fluffiest house cat is far more wild … Compared with felines, canines have been man’s domestics roughly twice as long. A cat craves meat and knows how to prowl and strike in order to obtain it more than any snarling Shepherd or Husky. In fact, unlike a dog, a feline will die if you try to make it a vegetarian."
Peter thinks the issue may be that men are just "jealous of the cat’s brilliant skills at hunting" or their "easy intimacy with … wives or girlfriends." Or that men are "put off – outraged even – by a creature that does not pay proper respects to the animal kingdom’s two-legged rulers." But he thinks it’s way past time "for mutual respect … Maybe cats and men could share a burger now and then. We could hang out in the back alley, near the trash cans. Talk fishing. Crack some snacks and beers." Compare whiskers.