Are You a Cat Lady?

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by Leandra Medine
July 17, 2013
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Of course you are. Let’s be real, you read Man Repeller.

Not since 1901, when Julia Davis Chandler paired peanut butter with jelly, have two separate entities gone together as well as cats and the internet (as evidenced by the deluge of Instagram accounts, tumblr websites and Pinterest boards dedicated to the self-helping domesticated pet) and conversely, cats and fashion.

Just look at the only breathing vessel capable of humanizing the venerable, often stoic Karl Lagerfeld. Without the tender love and care of Choupette, he would have remained an immortal paladin of the fashion scope. And in the wake of Prada’s newest ad campaign, utilizing one multi-grey fluffy, light-eyed cat and a pair of hands revealing just a slight sliver of mud colored leather, we’ve got to wonder if Prada has finally made the executive decision to hereby sell a feline-fueled lifestyle.

But the debate surrounding she who falls into the cat lady pool vs. she who does not has yet to reach a concise conclusion. In light of that, we offer an examining list of indications that suggest you are either bound to become a cat lady or – surprise! – you already are one. Both adoration of cats and behavioral likeness to them have been taken into account.

Needless to say (and yet we will anyway), we’re assuming the relinquishment of the loneliness-driven stigma attached to the term. Man Repeller’s own Kate has two and a boyfriend, after all. (Editor’s note: Tintin and Lightning were abandoned as kittens in a farm shed. I may not have started as a cat lady, but this life chose me and I have no regrets.)

Also, though, should you find yourself leaning in favor of the ocelots, it is important to understand that this propensity does not position you as the Miranda among your group of friends. Put that fear to rest.

And in the event you’re almost certain you hate cats (full disclaimer: sometimes I still think I hate them)–we ask this: have you ever met a bodega dog? No. Of course not. Only bodega cats are allowed to rule the deli kingdoms which often amount for over 50% of our nutritional existences. So why don’t you sit back, unwind, and read the below. Who knows, this might even save you a therapy session or two.

15 Indications You’re Becoming a Cat Lady (or Already Are One) as Cataloged by Team Man Repeller and one Molly Muirhead:

1. You love sourced-from-tumblr photos of cats with captions that run a gamut but almost always mean: “I can has cheezburger?”

2. You fully recognize that your propensity towards cat-related email blasts puts you on par with that kooky aunt who continues to forward ominous chain emails in a threatening array of font type, size and color. You feel justified by the quality of cat-content you share.

3. You’d describe yourself as particular – not picky – when it comes to cuisine. Since when is a refined palate a bad thing?

4. You find knitting/crocheting is sufficiently more enjoyable than clubbing.

5. When someone tries to make conversation with you at Starbucks at 5:30PM on a Friday while you sit with (just guessing): three coffee cake slices and a venti iced frappuccino in front of you, you squint your eyes and in a most obnoxious manner ask, “Does it look like I want to discuss the fact that it’s raining?” You then arch your back and move to another table, wishing you, too, could hiss.

6. You’ve been a black cat three times for Halloween.

7. You constantly have arguments with your friends, ending with your shouting “picking up dog shit is not the same as having a litter box. How can you even compare the two?”

8. You Skype with your friend’s cats (often named after controversial philosophers, see: Marx, Freud) and ask your friend to leave the room so you can discuss hairballs in private.

9. You have a recurring nightmare of your tail getting trapped in the subway doors on the 6 Train.

10. You’ve considered any of the below: buying the crafting with cat hair book, opening an Etsy shop full of cat sweaters, spending hours looking at catios on Pinterest (frankly, though, spending hours doing anything on Pinterest likely denotes your current or eventual owning upward of two cats), or harness training them.

11. You’re financial goal is to be wealthy enough to take your cats anywhere with you without judgement (though come to think of it, celebrity might be more valuable than wealth here).

12. You know the joy of creating an elaborate DIY cat toy.

13. You exhibit a fine predilection for embroidered socks.

14. You interepreted Charlotte Olympia’s cat pumps as a validation of your life choices.

15. You have and will continue to shun the distinction between cat ladies and cat women until death do your discernment capabilities part.

Photos 1-9 care of: Chanel, Prada, Chanel, Lanvin, Vogue (Arizona Muse), Vogue Paris (Joan Smalls), Vogue (Karen Elson styled by Grace Coddington, seemingly as Gracr Coddington), Love (Cara Delevingne), and Harper’s Bazaar (Karl and the ineffable Choupette.)

Cat collage: Charlotte Olympia kitty flats, Eugenia Kim Caterina hat, Maison Michel Yoko gold-tone cat-ear headband, Christian Louboutin Alex shoe, Balenciaga limited edition “Pumpkin” tote, Dodo cat pendant, Prada Kitten Key Ring, Miu Miu (not to be confused with Meow Meow) Cat-Print Satin Clutch, Givenchy Fall 2011 “Panther” glasses.

Did we leave anything off? Talk to us.

REPLIES
  • Fashion Follows Her

    Have no shame in being a cat-lady… cat is the new cool!

  • http://eileentheooer.blogspot.com/ Eileen

    I named my poodle Choupette. Other than that, I have a genuine dislike for them. I think it’s just their…personality(?!) that I can’t put up with. (I also prefer the MbyMJ dog slippers than those Charlotte Olympias. Hehehe.)

  • CarlotaLMorais

    I’m a dog person/lady probably because I grew up with dogs not cats. Still, I think they’re beautiful creatures BUT not necessarily more fashionable than dogs. In fact just searched ‘dogs in fashion photography’ – they all look effortlessly cool.

  • ChatNoir

    =^..^= !!!

  • cindy kazanjian

    Pugs rule!

  • http://lifeandfashionexplorer.blogspot.de/ Xenia

    I’m very picky (about food and other things), still I’m a cat lady (also have one – a cat – at home)…

    Xenia | LF.e

  • Margaret

    Why don’t you call out that it’s Grumpy Cat in the Prada ad?

    • Kate Barnett

      #16: you can ID the internet sensation in the Prada ad. bonus points for knowing grumpy cat’s birth name!

      • Avery

        Tardar Sauce. *cash register and gun shot noises*

        wellbygeorge.blogspot.com

  • hillzy

    I hate cats.

  • Amatoria Clothing

    Simplify… If you like this video, you are a cat lady.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PKffm2uI4dk&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DPKffm2uI4dk

  • http://www.looksharpsconnie.com/ Look Sharp Sconnie

    I myself have the social skills of a cat lady, and the intelligence of a dog one.

  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag
  • Paco T.
  • Fiona Harding

    ha ha ha, this made me smile and yup I’m a cat lady :)

  • Paula McClelland

    Always have been always will be – a cat Lady. I’m owning it.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    Used to be! Now I’m a turtle lady, the kids are allergic to cats!

    Mafalda ❤

    http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/

    • Leandra Medine

      I think turtle ladies are the next big thing.

  • Vi

    Love this post! Sure I am :-)

  • http://fromtokyotoparis.wordpress.com/ Manon

    I failed the questionnaire, but that 7th photo has converted me:
    LOOK AT ALL THE FLUFFY KITTIES!!

    (^._.^)ノ

    I can haz the kittehs?

  • Tamires

    I´m definetly a cat lady and I loved this post

  • Kiara

    I guess, I am a cat lady… Be right back, gotta feed my 3 cats now. =^.^=

  • kristiina ^..^

    Happy to hear Team MR has some rescue kitties!

    Only #11 and #14 apply to me but since I have two inside cats, one foster cat, two feral cats, and work in animal rescue I feel confident that I am a cat lady.

    I would add that if you prefer to sleep in the sunny spot and/or groom your hair and nails obsessively… you might be a cat lady.

    Cheers!

  • Ash

    The Lanvin one is the funniest! She looks like she’s been seduced by those two black felines, haha.

    • Leandra Medine

      My fav also!

  • Bridget

    16. You allow your cat(s) to partake in your consumption of said particular cuisine a la he/she cuddling on your lap as you enjoy breakfast whilst viewing the Today show or (insert morning show here) and perhaps giving them some of your Kashi because, hey, cats like people food too.

  • MyStorey (Paris)

    Love this! I am a cat-lady at heart and I know it and I’m proud! CREAM (Cats rule everything around me) Love your blog :)

  • http://www.lucidnewyork.com HandmadeJewelrybyLucid

    Haha, hilarious. I personally don’t like anything cat related and cats themselves, I’m a dog person but I know there’s a huge fascination with cats all over.

    Anna

    http://www.lucidnewyork.com

  • http://pantherstophat.com/ The Panther’s Tophat

    I have to admit that I am a dog lover. This stems from a story my grandmother told me when I was 11 about an old man who lived in our village alone with his 12 cats. Apparently people started to noticed he hadn’t been seen around for quite a while. They found him dead in his little thatched cottage and unfortunately, most of his body had been eaten by his cats. She followed up the story saying that a dog would never do such a thing. Since then, I’ve never looked at a cat in the same way. It’s funny how these types of stories can traumatize kids so much that they end up carrying the memory long into their adult life. She was definitely wrong to tell me.

    • Kate Barnett

      holy moly. unfortunately i just googled ‘dog eats owner’ to test the theory. suffice it to say, i do not recommend that search phrase.

      • http://pantherstophat.com/ The Panther’s Tophat

        God. So the old lady was telling the truth then…definitely no cats for me so!

  • Faye-FashionHound

    #dogsarethebestpeople and might I add ineffably chic
    -Faye x
    http://www.fashionhound.tv

  • Samanta McMurray

    It is curious how I always considered myself as a dog person till the moment I begun to read your post and after the first paragraph I looked at my lap and there she was…my little black Trufa, purring like a tiny micromachine! That makes me realize…almost on my thirties and becoming a cat lady..should that be a coincidence?

  • Lily

    ” dogs…ineffably chic” How on earth can a smelly, silly, needy, crotch -sniffing creature be chic? Joke!

  • Purple Smith

    Cat Ladies Unite! Cat Lady Nation Anthem!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCn1tDohHUY

  • Haarlow

    Hello as a feminist blog; is it right to even own pussies!?