Loving cats loving women

Murakami san, greetings from Taiwan! 

Is it coincidence that many of your main female characters have distinctive feline qualities? They are aloof, moody, unpredictable, that often drives the protagonist nuts, but also he never can give up on her. Are cats the main inspiration for creating your female characters?  

Dear WJ,

Thank you for your mail. No, it's not a coincidence, I guess. I think I love cats because they are like women, and I love women because they are like cats. Two great creatures in this world.