(Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan earlier this year. Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)
Women love cats.
Specifically, single Pittsburgh women.
Or so says a report by Nielsen Scarborough, posted in the Seattle Times.
The study found that Pittsburgh ranks third among the 50 largest U.S. market areas for single women living alone with at least one cat — aka "cat ladies."
Only Seattle and Portland ranked higher than us, as seen in the Seattle Times map.
We have some close company, though: To the east of us, Harrisburg ranks seventh, and to our west, Columbus, Ohio, ranks eighth.
The report confirmed women are more likely to have a pet cat than men. It surveyed 400,696 respondents nationwide on a wide range of lifestyle and consumer behaviors between February 2013 and March 2015.
But why cats? Because they're easier to live with.
The article explained in an interview with Clea Simon, author of "The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats," that cats "do well in small spaces, and if a woman works long hours, she doesn’t have to worry about running home to walk the cat."
- "Cats accept affection when they want it, but also have very clear boundaries. Women admire that. A lot of men might not get it, but setting boundaries can be an issue for us — society encourages women not to. I can’t tell you how many women have said to me: 'I wish I could be more like my cat.'"
So while there may not be a special someone (yet) in your lives, ladies, know you're not the only ones who consider cats the purrfect roommate in the meantime.