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Here at MTV, we know Michael Showalter as one of the guys behind legendary '90s sketch show "The State." He's also starred in the classic comedy flick "Wet Hot American Summer." Now he's got a new book in stores, "Guys Can Be Cat Ladies Too: A Guidebook For Men And Their Cats," which seeks to reduce the stigma on dudes owning kitties. To determine whether Cat Code can coexist with Guy Code, we asked Showalter to explain why he thinks guys can benefit from feline companionship.
Cats aren't known as the manly animal.
No, dogs are the "manly animal." You never hear anyone say that cats are man's best friend. We associate cats with ladies -- with cat ladies. In our society, cats get kind of a bad rap, especially for guys.
How many cats do you own?
I have four cats that live indoors with me in L.A., and I have another four cats -- outdoor cats -- in my backyard in Brooklyn. ... Once you start, it's hard to stop. Cats actually unleash [a parasite] that brainwashes people, so if you're exposed to a cat for too long, they actually have some power over you, where you feel like you're owned by them, which would definitely be true in my case.
What advice can you give to guys whose girlfriend has a cat, and they're moving in?
In many ways, I compare a cat to a girlfriend. If you're just like a Neanderthal dude who doesn't know how to cook -- and dries himself off with a sock after taking a shower -- by learning how to take care of a cat, you're getting in touch with your feminine side. And the more you can be in touch with that sensitive, feminine side, then you can be a better boyfriend and really learn how to understand the fairer sex, because women are a mystery and so are cats.