6 Reasons It’s Now Cool to Be a Cat Lady

Not since ancient times, when cats were worshipped as gods, have our feline friends been so culturally significant. From cat-inspired fashion to feline film festivals to kitty-friendly decor, there are plenty of reasons it’s a great time to be a cat — and an even better time to be a cat lady.

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1. Cat Lady Couture

Feline-loving fashionistas have an array of options, from cat-inspired dresses to purses to earrings to heels, for any budget. This fall, you can pop into Target for a frisky cardigan covered with cats for $23, or head to Neiman Marcus and spring for a $745 pair of kitty cat flats from designer Charlotte Olympia. And, of course, Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, has a book and has inspired various fashion lines. Lagerfeld has said that his cat is more famous than he is.

2. Kitty-Friendly Digs

Forget preconceived notions of an apartment filled with shredded shag carpeting and cat scratchers in every corner. With access to design inspiration like Hauspanther.com, cat ladies can create aesthetically pleasing, cat-friendly homes. Kate Benjamin, the designer behind the site (and a Vetstreet contributor), offers everything a cool cat lady needs for her home, from cat shelves to litterboxes to wall art and more. Benjamin recently teamed up with everyone’s favorite Cat Daddy, cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy, on a book. Catification, which landed on The New York Times best-seller list, helps readers create beautiful spaces that also work well for felines.

3. Celebrity Pals

In her latest Diet Coke commercial, cat lover Taylor Swift discovers that each time she takes a swig of soda, the cats in her home magically multiply. So what she does she do? Keeps drinking, of course! And Swift isn’t the only famous female owning her cat obsession. Katy Perry, Rita Ora and Kristen Stewart aren’t afraid to flaunt their kitties.

4. Talented Cat-Loving Men

Are you aware of the men who openly love their favorite felines? Talented men throughout history have shown a penchant for pussycats. Marlon Brando started it. Today, Ian Somerhalder, Michael C. Hall, David Bowie, Morrissey and Ed Sheeran are just a few crazy cat guys.

5. High-Profile Film Festivals

No one knows exactly why cat videos are so popular, but after 10,000 cat lovers showed up at the first cat video festival held at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis last year, the festival franchised, moving across the country to Los Angeles, and soon will appear in other cities. Other organizers have jumped on the cat vid craze with events like Catdance, held during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

6. Hero Cats as Companions

Cat ladies are never surprised to hear stories of feline heroism, but those tales do publicly validate how special cats are. From Tara the Hero cat, who saved her favorite little boy from an aggressive dog, to Pudditat, who is a guide cat for her best friend, a blind dog named Tervel, cats are often unexpected protectors. Mama cats are known to nurse orphaned puppies, and there are numerous stories about cats who save their families by alerting them to house fires. Cat ladies know that sharing your home with a cat is akin to sleeping with a superhero.

There are so many reasons it’s great to be a cat lady, but the best reason of all? Snuggling on the sofa with a purring kitty.

Image credit: jacobseaton via Flickr

By Caroline Golon | vetstreet.com

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Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe11 months ago

I have been a Cat Lady since I was 3 years old. First, I had only one and decided she was lonely, so I got another. Through the years, people have asked me to take their cats for some reason or another. I have 5 now and that is my limit.

Melania Padilla
Melania P2 years ago

I adore cats! Sharing

Giustina Casale
Giustina C3 years ago

Franky, I couldn't care less whether I am seen as a cat lady by people who, basically, are too ignorant to understand, and even less so, to appreciate the bond between a person and an animal.

Edith B.
Edith B3 years ago

I have always known this.

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M3 years ago

I guess I needed to read this today, after brushing off all the multiple cat hairs when going out this morning for breakfast with a non-pet owner. This past summer, my daughters and I spent a week of our vacation volunteering in a rural mountain shelter and decided to bring home 2 little kittens and an elderly ailing mama cat (who is now so much healthier!) to our already existing household of 6 people, 2 dogs and 3 cats. Nice to think that in some circles I am cool rather than just plain crazy.

J. H.
Jan H3 years ago

I do love my cats! Still miss the ones who have passed on. Can't imagine not having purrfect companions in my life.

Kelly M.
Kelly R3 years ago

I love cats but not really into dressing them in clothes and stuff.

Jp Jp
Jp Jp3 years ago

Hmmm... I would have appreciated just a slightly different take on this story... Rather than saying that it's great to be able to buy stuff covered in cats or act like a celebrity, I'd like to have read about how given that such things exist, it seems that the cultural acceptance level of cat adoration is ever increasing... it may sound like a minor difference but I'm rather sensitive to any more anything encouraging us to participate in consumer culture...

loves me some kitties though! ;)

Kelly Davis-steel
Kelly D3 years ago

I love my cat xx

Kelly Davis-steel
Kelly D3 years ago

Thank you :)