In the United States, a puma is regarded as a cougar minus ten years; she is defined as a woman in her 30s who prefers dating younger men.
Hollywood celebrity Jennifer Aniston has long been associated with the term due to her relationships with younger men such as John Mayer (9 years younger) and her widely publicized starring role in the as-yet-to-be-made film "Pumas" which centers on two thirtysomething women who make a habit of romancing younger men.
Demi Moore, in an interview with W magazine in March 2010 (at age 47), expressed her displeasure with the cougar label and said, "I'd prefer to be called a puma," referring to her (now defunct) marriage to Ashton Kutcher who is 16 years younger than Moore.
Despite Moore's attempt to use the terms interchangeably, a puma is widely regarded as a woman under 40 who prefers younger men while the cougar label is applied to women in their 40s and 50s who seek out younger male companions who are at least 10 years younger and often half their age.
Cougars cannot roar like lions but they emit low-pitched hisses, grunts and purrs. They are also known for their screams although these screams are often misinterpreted as the calls of other animals — that’s part of what Google says. Their teeth are so sharp they enjoy biting your head, puncturing your skull and wreaking havoc on your brain, which, by the way, is what an older woman my age would like to do to any man of any age that she manages to get her paws on. Jaguars have rosettes and white fur on their chests lined randomly with black.
Maybe it’s the mountain screamer that led to the name cougar being used for older women with younger men. While cougars attack your spine, jaguars attack your head.
Younger men are much more egalitarian, so not only do they bring optimism and joie de vivre with them, they also are interested in the female they are with – me. Cougars are also known as pumas, mountain screamers, or painters. It likes to swim and so it eats fish, turtles and caimans, little animals that look like alligators, in addition to being a carnivore and hunting for meat. Cougars like to hunt for elk, moose, deer, sheep, cattle, horses but they also eat insects and rodents. Animals who hate vampires, I am told at the office. But I am most interested in the jaguar because I belong to that age group. It is the third largest and classiest cat after the lion and the tiger. It isa slang term for a woman's dating life and, more specifically, the age of the partner she seeks.However, there are two conflicting definitions of a puma (as the term refers to women) and the word appears to have different meanings in the US and the UK as it continues to change and evolve over time. When a cougar attacks, she bites you in the spine and that is harmful and painful.