„Girls and Their Cats“ – Brianne Wills fotografiert Katzen & ihre Besitzerinnen

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So ein Stubentiger ist schon ein kuscheliger und treuer Weggefährte, der einen auf Schritt und Tritt begleitet. So ist man irgendwann ein eingespieltes Team. Die Fotografin Brianne Wills ist selbst stolze Katzenbesitzerin und hat nun eine Serie namens Girls and Their Cats über Instagram ins Leben gerufen.

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"I often describe Finn as the cat a little girl would draw. She is a tabby, with grey and orange coloring, and a white stripe down the center of her face. She has black lips, and a perfectly pink nose, all colors provided in a 10 piece Crayola set. And when she sits down, it’s almost as if her missing leg never existed. When asked where it went, the little girl would inadvertently sigh and reply “I know it’s there, I just didn’t want to draw it because she’s sitting and that would look weird.”⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ People talk about cats being standoffish, but Finn has never wanted to be far away from my arms. She is a lap cat, in every sense of the word, and when she doesn’t get kisses or cuddles, she is not afraid to whine and yowl until she does.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ To this day, I feel so lucky to be able to call her my best friend. Even when she does stick her tongue in my mouth – which she still tries to, every chance she gets." @heathernewberger⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Heather Newberger is a freelance fashion stylist and narrative writer. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with her three-legged cat and too many clothes. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ #catlady #cats #girlsandtheircats #adoptdontshop

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"As a child growing up, I never had the responsibility or companionship of pets (aside from fish, who I had to learn not to get emotionally attached to, due their short lifespan). So, providing much needed homes to these furry nuggets has been such a game changer. Not only have I learned to love more unconditionally and work on my patience – seriously though, how many plants can one cat knock down – but it’s also given me and my husband a way to strengthen our relationship by caring for Bubba and Jeff Goldblum together.”⠀@jennifhsieh ⠀ Jen Hsieh is a production manager who currently resides in Astoria, Queens with her two derpy fluff balls and her equally derpy husband.

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"Milo meow-yells at me every night to play his favorite game where he chases a bumble bee toy around and dives after it into my pillows. But he’s “food insecure” which makes me so sad because I realize how underfed he had been before he was with the ASPCA. In fact, when I first met him, I couldn’t understand why his fur wasn’t soft and realized later it was because he wasn’t getting proper nutrition. Now his fur is super fluffy and soft and he loves showing off his fluffy pants!⠀ ⠀ While it was originally intimidating to have my own pets (so much adulting!), I have really embraced the whole experience. They provide me comfort and stability in a sometimes stressful and busy life… which makes the weekly allergy shots and daily meds worth it!" @sanjra_choi ⠀ ⠀ Sandra Choi is a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) and original New Yorker. When she’s not busy providing anesthesia, she’s working on her doctorate. She’s also the cofounder of @kith.kin.nyc and has an IG account dedicated just to @milo_chloe⠀

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"I travel 7-10 days a month for work so if they didn’t have each other I am not sure how either of them would survive. Jemma is a diva and knows she’s gorgeous so even though she’s sweet and cuddly she will only allow you to love on her if she intuitively knows you need it AND she likes you. Apollo is obsessed with any and all affection, but he does have his favorites and for some reason he is scared of anyone loud or anyone I don’t like. We share favorite people.⠀ ⠀ My cats are super emotional just like me. Jemma always sits right next to me or under the covers when she knows I’m sad. Apollo gives actual kisses on command anytime I ask! They give me unconditional love and laughter every day. " @sandralee81⠀ ⠀ Sandra Hatton is a dating executive for Its Just lunch and the co-owner and creator of @wild_oleander beauty bar in Bushwick. She has lived in NYC/Brooklyn for 11 years and is originally from Hawaii but grew up mostly in the Seattle area. She has always been a cat worshiper and loves all animals. She became a vegetarian in 2014 for that reason!⠀

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"Having animals when I was growing up was a bit of an issue for my parents, but they got used to the fact that I would rescue any cat that crossed my path. And, living in Puerto Rico where the stray population is high, did little to deter me. Fast-forward to my sophomore year in college (back in 2002) when my brother responded to a newspaper ad for a stray kitten left in a box at the announcer’s house that turned out to be Millo (pronounced Mee-yoh); to date he has been the best gift albeit unexpected, I have ever received. He is 16 years old and my best friend. We have lived and traveled together all of these years. ⠀ ⠀ When I decided to move to Spain chasing after an already forgotten love story, he moved with me and acquired his own European passport. We later moved back to NY and in August 2016 we decided to return to Puerto Rico and little did we know that two more cats would join our team. ⠀ ⠀ Given that the island is going through an economic & political slump, a lot of people have opted for the mainland leaving their pets behind. Dumped on the streets or locked inside their former homes, they wander the streets and overpopulate all types of shelters. Hence, it was inevitable that at some point I would bump into needy felines. I ended up taking in two teeny siblings that I found on the street, close to where I lived. They are Richie Ray (black) and Bobby Cruz (orange), named after two Nuyorican salsa music legends. I asked my boyfriend to name them as a subtle coaxing to have him accept the fact that they might be staying for the long run.⠀ ⠀ Then, Hurricane Maria happened and our lives were forever changed." @ileanylan ⠀ ⠀ #hurricanemaria #puertorico #catlady #rescued #adoptdontshop #girlsandtheircats ⠀

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"Growing up, I had never been a cat person. In fact, I was one of those people who actively disliked cats for no real reason except I liked dogs and only had dogs as pets. Even when I moved to New York City from California, I brought my childhood dog (Dinky, the sweetest Pomeranian) with me, who eventually passed on because he was such an old, old man. No one tells you how deeply heartbreaking it is to care for your senior childhood pet: endless vet visits, money spent on special food and medicine, and the dreaded question of whether or not it’s time to finally let go. When I finally did make that decision, I also decided I could never endure that type of heartbreak ever again.⠀ ⠀ And that’s when Hygge came into my life.⠀ ⠀ One day, during one of the "polar vortexes" that hit New York, my boyfriend and I were carting our clothes to the laundromat. We saw a cat sleeping on a sheet of ice. If you live in Brooklyn, stray cats are a staple, and they usually dart in the other direction as soon as you get close to them. But this cat didn't. He immediately got up and came in my direction. Even though I usually don’t care for cats, I was taken by his instant affection for me, and I crouched down to pet him before continuing my journey to the laundromat. On our way back, the cat was still there, and he immediately perked up when he saw us again. I noticed he had a limp as he walked toward us to get more head scratches. Without really thinking and while my boyfriend asked, "Uh – what are you doing?", I picked this dusty, cold cat up and carried him back into our warm apartment. I immediately wrapped him up like a burrito in a blanket (a purrito, if you will) and told my confused boyfriend, “Let’s just let him stay here, so he doesn’t freeze to death. He needs some ‘hygge’ in his life.” And that’s what we also named him: Hygge." @sandiepantss⠀@hyggethecat ⠀ #cozy #cat #girlsandtheircats #adoptdontshop #rescued ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀

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"My relationship with The Shah is not so straight forward. I am — please don’t hate me — a dog person. But I love my husband, and he desperately wanted a cat. So here we are.⠀ ⠀ The Shah (translation “King”) is a title for Persian monarchs. Guests often misunderstand his name and call him Sean. Or Shaw. I can relate to that. “Aelfie Oudghiri” is also a bit confounding. A barista once asked me if my name was the result of a cat walking over a keyboard. Thankfully, my parents aren’t that insane. Come to think of it, I don’t think we had a computer until I was around 11 or 12.⠀ ⠀ Because of The Shah, I often find myself doing a cursory rundown of modern Iranian history—something I really did not anticipate when we adopted him. Aside from his name and its historical significance, he is a pretty normal cat. Very friendly, very fluffy. We have had the Shah for nearly a decade and he has lived with us all over New York City and in all sorts of apartments. He quietly witnessed us both grow up, build businesses, and start a family.⠀ ⠀ Occasionally he bites me. I think he may be peeing in one of our potted plants." @aelfie_⠀ ⠀ #catlady #girlsandtheircats #adoptdontshop #aelfie

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"Until Theo, I had only one other cat in my life. His name was Socks and he lived with me and my mom in the Bronx before she passed away. I remember waking up in the middle of the night and crawling around the house with Socks in the hopes he would think I was a cat as well. After my mom passed away in 1995 I moved in with my other family members and I actually never saw Socks again, which made me really sad because as an only child, Socks was very much my first best friend.⠀ ⠀ After Socks, I didn't live in a cat home or with cats. I was taught that all cats were mean and untrustworthy so I deemed myself "not a cat person" growing up. I believe because my aunt who raised me had a bad cat experience before I was born. I came to love cats again when I met my husband. His family had two cats (sisters) and he was known amongst our friends as a "Cat Man". He took care of those cats, fed them and changed their litter and spent the most time with them. I made fun of him a lot for his unashamed love for his cats, but noticed it was also one of the first qualities that attracted me to him.⠀ ⠀ After we dated for a few years, one of his cats passed away from cancer and on Valentine’s Day in 2015 he asked me to come with him to find another cat to adopt because his cat seemed sad without her sister. His family asked us to find a kitten, so we went to several shelters, but had little luck as they said February wasn't kitten season yet. Finally, we went to one last shelter, and that's when I saw Theo, and it was honestly love at first sight.⠀ ⠀ He was huddled in a cage with his sister and I can't really describe the immediate love I felt for him. I couldn't leave his sister there so we adopted both Rudy & Theo that day. Once Kyle and I moved in together, we took the cats as well because I was so close to them. Rudy now lives with my husband's family again as she grew to want to live in a single-cat household." @cinnamonryan ⠀ #girlsandtheircats #catlady #catmom #catlover

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"Beyond Miso’s Instagram success, she’s really just an amazing cat. She has a lot of sass, is super feisty and has a penchant for biting. I honestly feel like she’s the ideal 2018 woman — strong, assertive, curious and rebellious. We share a truly special bond and every day when I get home, I pick Miso up and she licks my nose for a few minutes. It’s often the best part of my day. She bites my toes when I’m sleeping and tries to get in the shower with me but immediately regrets it. I can’t make the bed without her jumping in between the sheets. She is also a master at killing flies.⠀ ⠀ Since starting my current job as a Community Health Organizer in the Bronx, I have found solace in the time I get to spend with Miso when I get home from work. The burnout struggle is real and my job requires a lot of emotional and physical energy. I am so thankful to see her after a long day and we just go about our evening together. I do feel like a stereotypical cat mom because I genuinely believe Miso is the most beautiful, wonderful, and funny cat. She’s also complex, neurotic and interested in the world around her. She’s a truly modern woman." @schmarisandlox @stuffnexttomycat ⠀ ⠀ Maris Gelman lives in Brooklyn with her husband, cat Miso and dog Judah. She is a native New Yorker and works as a Community Health Organizer in the North Bronx.⠀ ⠀ #catlady #catmomlife #girlsandtheircats

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"I decided to adopt a cat soon after I moved to New York in 2013. I had always wanted a big, lazy cat to cuddle and watch movies with. I was in for a rude awakening when I brought Huxley home from @nycacc. At almost 19 pounds, he may be considered big but he’s definitely not lazy. He’s part Maine Coon which is why he’s on the larger side. Everyone’s surprised by his size when they see him. I never really thought that Hux was particularly large until the Optimum guy came over to install the internet, who was actually really big himself (at least 6'2"), which is why I laughed when he walked in and literally squealed and said "that's a big cat!" I felt bad and offered to keep Hux in my room while he worked because he was clearly nervous around him.⠀ When I went to adopt him, my friends had warned that he might be scared and hide under the bed for a while, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. After opening his carrier, I turned around for a second and had already lost him. Within a minute of bringing him home he was already exploring the top of the fridge. I think that first encounter really set the stage for the rest of our relationship.⠀ He’s definitely more dog than cat. I’ve caught him drinking out of the toilet many a time. And once came home to a trail of chips (I had left out) from the kitchen to his bed… with a container of hummus at the end. He also has a taste for paper, which I discovered the time he ate my illustration work up before I even had a chance to scan it." @sibbahartunian⠀ ⠀ #adoptdontshop #mainecoon #bigcat #catlady #girlsandtheircats⠀

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“My role as a cat lady began when I was around 3 years old. My childhood was spent living in Ghana with my GrandMama. Mama, my first introduction to the power of women, had a cat named Josephine. Striped with orange, white and black, Josephine had three legs and bright green eyes. I loved Josephine! My earliest memories of her are of playing in Mama’s garden in Accra. I was always a small child, so Josephine and I were about the same size. This was the first time I truly connected with a feline energy. In 2014, my mother, Patience, passed away after a battle with Lupus. She was on the mend after undergoing surgery, so to lose her so suddenly was and still is very painful. Growing up, my mother wasn't too fond of cats because of a film she saw when she was younger. Although she grew up with them in Ghana, when she immigrated to the States at the age of 13 she watched a film about cats eating humans?! A year or so after my mother passed I began dreaming of her again. I dreamt I was in my childhood neighborhood, Cambria Heights, Queens, and was being followed by a black cat. When I finally turned around, I caught a glimpse of her features. Petite, big brown eyes — she reminded me of my mother. I turned to her and said "Mommy?" and she ran off, towards our house. It was then I decided, despite my mother's fear of them, I needed a cat companion. The dream reassured me and offered a sign of my mother's approval. I adopted Figgaro in 2015, a few months after losing my mother. At the time, I had reached an artistic block and was finding difficulty getting back into my arts practice. I had also recently moved to Flatbush and felt a sense of independence, curiosity and anxiety. I needed a companion. Fortunately, one of my favorite jewelry boutiques @catbirdnyc held an adoption event with @aspca. I don’t consider myself to be a publically emotional person #thugtears , but when Figgaro and I locked eyes for the first time I lost it. He’s so handsome. Long whiskers, baby pink nose, thick white eyelashes, and bright green eyes. Such a pure connection. It was love at first sight.” @bzarblackstar @sowaysted #ghana #catlady #girlsandtheircats #adoptdontshop

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