Cookie use on MRCVSonline
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies.
If you would like to forward this story on to a friend, simply fill in the form below and click send.

Your friend's email:
Your email:
Your name:
 
 
Send Cancel

Men challenge gender stereotypes with #CatMenDo
Comedian Jake Lambert and his cat Richard Parker.

Proud ‘cat dads’ are sharing photos of their moggies online

Cat owners across the UK are flocking to social media to celebrate the bond between man and moggie.

The hashtag #CatMenDo has been growing in popularity, with politicians, comedians and vets using it to break the stereotype that ‘dogs are a man’s best friend’.

It comes after a survey by Cats Protection found that men who like dogs are still being seen as more masculine than those who like cats.

The survey asked 2,000 men to assign attributes to a man in two photographs - one with a cat and one with a dog. It revealed that men with dogs are likely to be seen as more masculine, while men with cats are likely to be seen as more sensitive.

Welsh Labour MP Huw Irranca-Davies tweeted: ‘As part of the #CatDads #CatMenDo campaign by @CatsProtection I tried early this morning to get a picture with one of the two rescue cats who’ve moved in with us. However, one is out doing cat things, and the other is snoozing on my rucksack as do emails. So here is lazy Smudge.’

TV vet Dr James Greenwood posted on Instagram: ‘I’m loving the #CatMenDo campaign that @CatsProtection are doing. Cat ownership is often wrongly seen as a predominantly female “thing” so they're calling on us fellas to disprove this by sharing pics of our kitties. Let's do this! And don't forget the hashtag.’

Comedian Jake Lambert has also lent his support to the campaign, saying: “I think things are starting to change and more and more men are proud to be cat dads. I feel so lucky to have my one-eyed cat Richard Parker and hope he feels the same. Cats are very independent and know to clean themselves regularly, so if anything I think most men could learn a thing or two from cats.”

Cats Protection said that it will be creating videos out of all of the photos it receives in a bid to show that you don’t have to be a ‘crazy cat lady’ to have an affinity with moggies.

Cats Protection’s chief executive James Yeates explained: “Gender stereotypes like this have endured for years and, while there’s been a recent rise in male cat ownership, cats are still much more likely to be owned by women. We’d really like to see this gender barrier broken down and a lot more cat dads in the future.”

More information about the campaign can be found on the Cats Protection website

Image (C) Cats Protection.

Become a member or log in to add this story to your CPD history

RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

News Story 1
 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

Click here for more...
News Shorts
ASF traces found in seized meat at NI airport

More than 300kg of illegal meat and dairy products were seized at Northern Ireland’s airports in June, DAERA has revealed.

A sample of these were tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, resulting in the detection of African swine fever DNA fragments.

DAERA said that while the discovery does not pose a significant threat to Northern Ireland’s animal health status, it underlines the importance of controls placed on personal imports of meat and dairy products. Holidaymakers travelling overseas are being reminded not to bring any animal or plant products back home.