Scientifically speaking, pumas are large feline predators with a tan or yellow coat, erect ears, and a long tail with black tip. However, the term “puma” has a distinct definition in the countries of the United States and the United Kingdom in the romantic dating scene.
In the United States, people regard pumas as women in their 30s who dates young men, while Hanna Betts, a journalist, defines the word as “a single woman in pursuit of a mature partner with experience under his belt.” According to The Picnic Project, a luxury dating service in London, divorced or separated men interest the Pumas since they have more experience in the past which includes sensitivity, understanding, patience, and care compared to younger men.
Many people associate Jennifer Aniston as the perfect example of a puma woman due to her relationships with younger men like John Mayer, while the 55-year old Demi Moore preferred publications and media call her as such after her separation with the 40-year old Ashton Kutcher in 2010.
Moreover, the concept of being a cougar has been used several times in television shows, films, and advertisements including the Cougar Club, The Cougar, Cougar Town, and Days of Our Lives to name a few. The idea behind the definition of a cougar woman is vague, but several publications describe cougars as women in their 50s who pursue a sexual relationship with men older than they are. Madonna, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez are some well-known cougar women in Hollywood.
Listed below are some of the significant differences between the feline scale of puma and cougar in romantic relationships.
- Age Difference
Generally, a puma refers to a woman in their late 20s or 30s who dates younger men. They are the women in their curvy dress and high stilettos who frequently hang in bars and nightclubs with their group. Meanwhile, cougars are women in their late 40s or early 50s who mostly engage with younger men sexually, while some seek for a genuine romantic relationship.
- Maturity Level
Numerous individuals believed that cougar women tend to be more mature compared to puma women. They stated that cougars will only accept men when they satisfy them and if they are of a similar league.
Some cougar women jump from one man to another and do not commit themselves to single men, while some female pumas commit to their partners and their relationship provided that these men satisfy their hunger.