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Fotograaf gaat viral met haar ‘Girls and Their Cats’ Instagram

Is het erg als je op zondag wakker wordt met een dikke kater van de Pride en je vervolgens de hele dag met Fluffy de kat in bed wil hangen? Even niemand zien en alleen maar met z’n tweetjes genieten van die extra donzige dekens, onvoorwaardelijke liefde en even een kort bezoek van de pizzakoerier? Je wordt dan anno 2017 al snel weggezet als een gek kattenvrouwtje (cat lady), maar da’s in onze ogen complete lariekoek. Fotografe Brianne Wills vindt dat ook en daarom is zij het succesvolle project ‘Girls and Their Cats’ begonnen op Instagram. Ze heeft al honderden vrouwen met hun dierbare kat gefotografeerd, om te laten zien dat ze echt niet gek zijn. Sterker nog, het zijn stuk voor stuk ontzettend interessante verhalen, want de verhalen zijn heel erg de moeite waard:

1/2) “I grew up with cats- our somewhat socially inept cat named Camouflage chose me to be her human when I was 5 years old- she lived in my room exclusively and I fell asleep with her on top of me every night throughout my childhood. As a young woman, I was always waiting until my life was “together” enough to get a cat. I had a long-term boyfriend who was a hoarder and we had planned to get a cat together. We talked about it for years but the environment just didn’t feel right, and this was one of the warning signs that eventually led to us splitting. As a reaction to that messy breakup I decided I was ready to be a single cat mom. There were so many cats at the shelter but Boofy stood out- he commanded space with his wide stance, big head and cartoon eyes. He was incorrectly marked as a girl and he had a really horrible name which I shall never speak aloud, but I held him and he just melted into my arms. I knew my life was forever changed. Apparently, he had been dumped on a farm in NJ that had a lot of outdoor cats. He would climb a tree next to the kitchen window and cry until they let him in the house. He knew he wasn’t cut out for the outdoorsy lifestyle and so they put him up for adoption because he made it very clear that he was seeking that cushy indoor life.” @princeerica Erica Prince is a Brooklyn based artist and designer. #girlsandtheircats #catlady #catmom #caturday #adoptdontshop

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Hey NYC friends, Dinah has made the very difficult and painful decision to find a new home for her beloved baby, Wolfie. If you’re interested in meeting him, please email her at [email protected] Tag someone below looking for a new friend! “It has been a difficult decision to make, but due to unforeseen difficulties related to my pregnancy (health and resource related) I am having to re-home him so he can get the care, love and attention that he needs. I am happy to spend time explaining the particular issues with anyone that is seriously interested in adopting him. About Wolfie 5 years old. Has all his shots. Clean bill of health. Allergic to hair and dust (i.e he will sneeze when there are hair balls and or I haven’t vacuumed in a while). Has some issues with trusting strangers but a sweet and loving cat when he gets to know you. Once he forms an attachment he comes for plenty cuddles and will follow you wherever you go. He is a jumper so if you don’t like the cat on your counter occassionally, he is not for you. Especially loves playing with his laser toy and needs plenty of cat naps. I will provide his dry food supply for 3+ months, his breeze litter box and refills and his toys and favorite sleep pillow.” @dee.diary #adoptsontshop #blackcat #catlovers
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2/2: “Roo is a large tabby. People always think she’s a man and I always get a little offended for her. She looks very dependable — she has the face of someone you’d ask to watch your laptop for you if you needed to use the bathroom at a cafe. Her body type often reminds me of the bowling bags Prada used to do; I can almost imagine attaching a shoulder strap to her and tucking her snugly under my arm. She’s six years old, and we adopted her when she was one. Nina, our daughter, was also one at the time, so they’ve been growing up together. In fact, she got her name because “roo” was Nina’s approximation of a cat’s meow when she tried to communicate with her initially. (Her original name at the shelter we got her from was Circus (!)) Probably the best part about having Roo as a cat is that she likes to sleep between me and my husband’s heads, and I often drift off with one palm underneath her, one over: a hand sandwich bursting with fuzzy goodness.” @frynaomifry #catmom #tabbycat #adoptdontshop #girlsandtheircats

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“I went to the shelter looking for a kitten. I’ve never had a kitten because I always take in older rescues so it was time to treat myself. But when I went to the shelter I found Bandit, a 6-month-old blind cat, the shelter worker said had been there for months. No one wanted him. It broke my heart and even though I was looking for a kitten I took him. I couldn’t imagine life without him. He melts my heart every day sometimes I cry I’m so happy we found each other and people passed him up because he’s blind. He is the most special boy in the world. He can’t see but he knows his mom. As soon as I pick him up he collapses in my arms purring, and always finds his way to nestle in my arms at night. I got Daisy when she was about 4. I was living in a farm community in Massachusetts and she was a friend’s mom’s cat. The mom just got a divorce and she couldn’t keep Daisy, or her companion Scuter, anymore. So, I took them both to avoid them going to a shelter. It was just a few months after my childhood cat Lou died at 16. Daisy had a great life living outside hunting squirrels and birds in Massachusetts. She would literally swallow them whole! (it was sad and impressive) Eventually she went to the vet where they informed me she has FIV. I was devastated. I didn’t know what this meant. I met with experts at the vet and joined community boards and it turns out that Daisy will live a fairly normal life, but she has to be an inside cat to avoid injury and transmission. It was a long hard adjustment for us. Every day she would cry and scratch at the window screens and try to sneak out. Eventually after moving back to NYC she has gotten used to her simple life playing with fake mice and laser pointers. She has been living with FIV for 7 years now and all her tests come back great. She is the best cat, and my best friend. She has been through everything with me. 10 moves, multiple partners, breakups, deaths. I couldn’t imagine life without her. Although I am starting to think more about it because she is about 11 and I know the time will come sooner than later.” @maggotxskin Maggie Freleng is a journalist and audio producer who works from home and is obsessed with her cats.

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“Maloos is the biscuit-making champion of Sullivan Street, with tiny folded gray ears, an incredible vocal range and a fluffy, raccoon-striped tail. She is at once moody and loving, independent and loyal. She’ll awake from a deep slumber to follow me off the couch no matter what, as if she can’t bear to imagine me having an adventure without her, and she wakes me up each morning by standing on the top step of the stairs to my loft bed, meowing at the top of her little lungs. Once she gets me up, she’ll follow me to the shower and fall asleep on the bathmat, drifting off to sleep on her back, delighting in the steamy warmness—her limbs flopping effortlessly to each side. It’s like she’s waking me for her daily spa ritual. Right now, Maloos is really into crispy wild tuna flakes and sharp cheddar cheese. When she stretches, she does so with such gusto that her two front paws lift a couple inches off the ground, and when you pet her in her sleep she instinctively stretches her toes. Maloos loves sitting by the window watching the world go by, and looks forward to a day when she might live on a ground floor with more bird and squirrel watching opportunities. For now, the occasional pigeon or sparrow will do. When she cooperates, I strap her into a glittery blue harness and take her down into my backyard. I let her lead me around the concrete or carefully weave our way through the half-dead plants, usually with a glass of red in hand. I imagine it’s really quite a sight.” @ilanayasmine Ilana Dadras was born in Queens and now lives in Soho. She is an editor at UrbanDaddy by day, usually chasing music covered in glitter by night, and dreams of one day living in nature. #scottishfold #girlsandtheircats #adoptdontshop #catlovers

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“I grew up with cats but took a break after my sweet childhood cat passed away a few years ago. It took a *very* influential visit to a cat cafe in Tokyo to get me thinking about cats again. My boyfriend surprised me with baby Tabitha Potato after a month of back and forth kitten pics. Tabitha Potato is a sweet and curious little cat. (She believes) she has full reign of my apartment and is still figuring out her place with her Old English Sheepdog sister, Aiko. Despite having not one but two water dishes, T Potato only likes Aiko’s. She enjoys sleeping on faces, pouncing on dust bunnies and following me around my apartment. Her favorite human food to steal is parmesan cheese, but any aged cheese will do. She is Potato, Sweet Potato, Tabby Tato and Tater. She is the best cat friend a girl could have.” @awnah @tabithapotato Ana Coccioletti is an artist and plant enthusiast living in Bushwick. #catlovers #girlsandtheircats #catlady #caturday

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“I was never a cat person. I grew up with two big black labs when I was young, and after that, a little shih​-t​zu named Kingston. But my fears of becoming a cat lady changed this year. Last spring, my roommate’s girlfriend, Carli, found a litter of kittens behind bushes up against a barn in Miami. They were malnourished and their eyes were wide shut. She took them in and cared for them until they were healthy enough for her to give away to friends. I was nervous about it, but I’ve wanted a cat for a few years already. I was going to adopt a few times, but it just never happened. I fell in love with Lamb over Skype. It was her spotted tummy and little meow that made me tear up. Carli called her Runt, for obvious reasons. My roommate fell in love with Creamy- he looks like a creamsicle, so that’s where his name came from. Ever since they touched down in New York, Lamb has become my best friend. Her purr calms me down when I’m stressed and anxious, and she always lies across my keyboard when I’m working. She’s currently lying in my lap and I’ve got to keep moving her paw from my mouse. Lamb likes coffee, just like her momma. If you leave a glass of Almond Milk on the counter, she’ll stick her entire face in and slurp it up until it’s gone. She only wants to be snuggled when she’s in the mood, also just like her momma. If my door is shut, her high pitched and sweet meow calls out until I open, allowing her to hop into my bed and curl up in my arm. I sleep with my face buried into her neck or tummy. When I’m practicing piano she makes her way into my lap. She also bitch slaps Creamy. It’s funny to watch because he’s such a big sweet dork. Lamb’s personality just reminds me of me. A little bit of feistiness but ultimately just wants to give a lot of love … and drink a bunch of coffee.” @biancamonica Bianca Monica is a singer-songwriter based in NY. By day, and sometimes night and weekends, she runs a social media and digital marketing agency called @limonecreative. They help brands see their visions more clearly and make a mark in the social and digital space. #adoptdontshop #catlovers #catlady #girlsandtheircats

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“Mush came into my life when I met my partner. He had had the cat for about 6 months before I met him. They were living in their bachelor pad in Philly where mush had free reign of kitten terror. When we first met, I have to admit I didn’t care for him and he felt the same way. He would fuck with me while I slept and refused to interact with me during the day. The love crept in slowly over time and eventually he won me over, which was his plan from the jump, I’m sure. The thing about Mush is he doesn’t really care about us at all, we are just here to serve his demands. Food, pets, and A LOT of alone time. He is very lucky that he is cute as shit. He’s the only cat I know that hates toys and treats and he really isn’t that curious. In fact, he’s kind of dumb but in that really charming and cute way that has you saying “aw bless his heart” a lot. Eventually after being in his life for about six months, he started waking me up in the morning by sitting next to my head, looking me dead ass in my eyes and purring at his loudest volume. He has one of those machine gun purrs that is impossible to ignore or to fall asleep to. He’s also blind in one eye which makes his stare even more intense for some reason, so when he looks at you, you listen. Eventually, once I fed him every morning, he became OBSESSED with me. I realized cats were really badass at that point because any time I was sad he would sit next to me until I felt better. He is picky about when he shares his love, but he always knows when to do it at just the right time. I am blessed he’s in my life and I secretly (not so secretly) think he’s starting to love me more than his dad. whoops! I’m pretty sure you can tell where he gets the name by these photos. Like a little ball of mush.” @tealeigh Tea Leigh is a hand poke tattooer and musician living in Brooklyn. Hailing from Denton, TX, she has lived in Brooklyn for 5 years where she started her tattooing career. She lives in Crown Heights with her partner, cat, and dog. . #adoptdontshop #girlsandtheircats #catlady #gingercat #catlovers

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“Pierre and Clementine (formerly known as Tony and Diamond- obviously fresh off a former kitten-life as Vegas Show Cats) came into our home in 2009 at 8 weeks old. I promised my hubby we’d get a cat as soon we got married and literally two days after our wedding we adopted these brother and sister cats. I love how distinct their personalities are- Clementine is very ladylike and demure, but also a sneaky-sneak. She will locate your most important item and then stare you in the eyes while she slowly pushes it onto the floor. Pierre is our trans-cat. When he was a kitten he had crystals in his bladder that wouldn’t fit through his boy pee hole. Doctors removed his peen and turned it into a lady-cooch. He’s been a little crankier since (can you blame him?), but is still the dopiest, sweetest cat I’ve ever known. They are my best friends. Clementine chews through all my bathing suit straps and is obsessed with chewing on wires and cords. One night we woke up to crazy sounds behind our bed to find her being electrocuted by a lamp-cord she’d been chomping on. Aaron (hubby) flew into savior-mode and unplugged the lamp/untangled her mouth/saved her little cat life! (either that or she’s one down, 8 to go.) It hasn’t happened since, but she still chews on every wire as if she can’t remember where that led her in the past. When Pierre was less than a year old, he crawled out the window onto our fire escape and went all the way up to the top floor of our building. Luckily, my friend Meghan lives in that apartment and she brought him inside and texted me that she’d found him. I was at work and had no idea he’d gone missing. Meanwhile, Aaron was running around the neighborhood frantically searching for him so he wouldn’t have to tell me he’d lost the cat. I called him and very casually asked how his night was going. Definitely let him sweat a little before I let him know Meghan had Pierre up on the 4th floor.” @nadiaquinn Nadia Quinn is an actress, singer, writer, photographer, comedienne & producer living in NYC and LA. She loves cats and hates cilantro. #catlady #girlsandtheircats #adoptdontshop #tuxedocat #caturday

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“With a broken heart, I hesitate to share that I lost my sweet man on Sunday night/yesterday morning. @amoretheheartnosedcat was sick for the past few months and was so strong and patient through health problems and surgery. I spent a lot of time at home this summer so that I could be there for him as he’s always been there for me. Amore will forever be in my heart and soul. We were kindred spirits and best friends. He always greeted me when I came home from a trip and made sure I got up early (to feed him). I learned so much from Amore and his unconditional love. His partnership and friendship is like no other. When you open your soul and your spirit to our animal friends, the bond you will experience is what no human can provide. Unconditional love with no judgment. PURE LOVE. The things Amore taught me have changed my outlook and this experience has made me even more patient than before and has made me even more clear on what’s really important in life. The clarity I’ve walked away with is beyond what I had before and the realistic approach I’ve taken to what really matters has elevated my sense of being in the everyday. Because this is the hardest loss I’ve experienced in my adult life, I’m dedicating this Fashion Week to Amore to give me strength because he was the best and I’m going to give my best in honor of him. Thank you to all of my sweet friends and family for supporting me and understanding the strength of the bond we had/have. Amore’s personality was like a very studious and sophisticated man. His spirit will always live on.” I photographed Jenny and her sweet heart-nosed Amore almost a year ago. My heart goes out to you, @jennyatwoodsmith  #amoretheheartnosedcat #girlsandtheircats

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