Men & Cats: Orange tabby

All photos: David Williams

The ubiquitous "crazy cat lady" label often brings to mind a specific image of a lonely, eccentric woman with way too many cats, but the truth is that having an exuberant enthusiasm for felines transcends gender.

That's what Brooklyn-based photographer David Williams is hoping to get across in his delightful portrait series, "Men & Cats," which shines a spotlight on some of the "crazy cat dudes" of New York City.

"I wanted to show that regardless of gender, many people have found the joy that cat companionship can bring," Williams explains in a TimeOut article.

From a sociological perspective, there is a longstanding tendency to equate cat ownership with femininity (while also equating dog ownership with masculinity). This is, of course, a false dichotomy. Not only can men adore cats and women adore dogs, but many pet owners of all genders are passionate about cats and dogs equally — not to mention the slew of other household pets like guinea pigs, rabbits, fish, and beyond.

While pets and gender don't correlate, there are other things that can determine people's pet preferences, including personality, socioeconomic status, education level and politics.

Continue below to see more photos of men and their furry feline friends, and be sure to check out the entire "Men & Cats" series on Williams' website. And in case you're wondering, yes, Williams is a crazy cat dude, too; in fact, meet Margot!

Men & Cats: Bearded man with tuxedo cat
Men & Cats: Tuxedo cat
Men & Cats: Brian walking his cat
Men & Cats: Cat on shoulders
Men & Cats: Long-haired guy with his two cats
Men & Cats: Man with fluffy cat
Men & Cats: Tabby
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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.