Confess to someone that you have a cat and 9 times out of ten, they think cat lady. The Urban Dictionary defines the cat lady as “an old woman who usually lives secluded from society with her hundreds of cats” and it is almost always a negative term.
“I’m Gina and I am a cat lady”, there I said it! My little monster, Moshi has been with me for a year and a half now and is an energetic and often noisy presence in the flat (especially when he is hungry). He is 3/4 Ragdoll and 1/4 Chinchilla Persian for the cat fanciers out there.
Those who scorn the cat people, tend to be from the dog tribe or the pet independent party and mostly have not lived with a feline. Dogs in fact need more of your time and can not be left for half as long as the more independent moggies, so why do they get a bad rap?
Well usually its because a cat won’t perform tricks unless incentivised and won’t give away it’s love easily. For me it makes a cat’s affections all the more desirable in that you have to work for them; especially as if you have to pop them into a cat hotel (yes cat hotels exist!) when you are away, you kind of want them to be happy on your return as opposed to having moved on!
For those of you who are still in doubt you can always pop to my spiritual home in Bethnal Green, London; Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium . This is essentially a café with great cakes (including vegan options) and bagels, where 13 cats happily live and circulate amongst guests. You can choose to get involved with the cats or to watch from afar, but its a super chilled out, cool place. I should warn you though, that you may have to book a couple of months in advance to go on a weekend, as it is so popular.
My flat is much warmer for the presence of Moshi A.K.A Bear and its great to walk in the door and have those big blues looking up to you. Partly to save phone storage and primarily due to pride, Bear has his own Instagram @moshiragdoll and embarrassingly he has many more followers than me, showing just how much some prefer our feline friends to people.
I love both cats and dogs and would just love to drop the negative connotations and raised eyebrows connected with the term cat-lady!