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Adorable Photos Of Men And Cats Prove Few Things Are More Manly Than Cat Ownership

02/25/2015 09:39 am ET | Updated Feb 25, 2015

Dogs are, as the saying goes, man's best friend. Cats, however, are often aligned with a feminine owner, however unfairly. Photographer (and cat enthusiast) David Williams set out to prove that expressing your masculine side and embracing your adoration for felines are not mutually exclusive.

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"I found that the way society genderizes animal ownership very compelling," Williams explained to The Huffington Post. "As a portrait photographer I was interested in capturing the relationships of my male friends and their feline friends. It was also a good excuse to hang out with a bunch of cats!"

Williams' delightful photographs each capture an intimate moment between a dude and his kitty. Some don tattoos, others bushy beards, while some clutch beers and sit in the close vicinity of wood. The mishmash of gender stereotypes broadcasts the silliness of such arbitrary symbols. "I want to show that regardless of the stereotypes put on cat ownership, many people have found the joy that cat companionship can bring. I also want to stress how important it is to rescue your pets!"

Look at the photos below and just try not to smile. Bros, man up and show off your cat to your friends tonight.

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