2008_10_thomjd.jpgHeterosexual men who love their cats get the NY Times Styles section treatment, as writer Abby Ellin finds more dudes "are posting photographs and videos of their little buddies on YouTube and on Web sites like menandcats.com, and Twittering about them to anyone who will listen."

One cat owner, Adam Fulrath, says," My cat takes priority over the new relationship. Realistically, unless there’s something absolutely amazing about her, he wins.” Elizabeth Daza "who dated a cat-owning man for eight years," said, "Straight men with cats seem to be really secure and stable. They don’t need to be running around the park and proving their masculinity like the dog guys.” And cat lover and owner John Scalzi--of bacon on cat fame-- even goes as far to call dogs "the insecure man's best friend."

This reminds us the part in Meet the Parents where Robert DeNiro's character has a mini-monologue on cats, after calling dogs "emotionally shallow": "When you yell at a dog, his tail will go between his legs and cover his genitals, his ears will go down. A dog is very easy to break, but cats make you work for their affection. They don't sell out the way dogs do."