Christina Nguyen & Bentley


I had just graduated college and was feeling a bit lost navigating the real world. I thought taking care of a little kitty would give me some purpose and I knew I was ready to take on the responsibility since I was no longer in school. So, I started looking for cats on Craigslist and I found a post that said “free kittens”. Apparently, the owner’s cat escaped their home for some time and came back very pregnant.


The second most hyper kitten was Bentley, a playful tabby whose spotted coat I fell in love with. Even now he is just as playful as he was five years ago. He follows me around all morning meowing. He gets up on his two feet and tries to claw at me when he really wants something. He cuddles with me, and falls asleep in the sunlight with his belly out. He never seems to get bored because he always finds something to play with. He’s also very trusting and comfortable around other people. He loves spending time with me, but is independent and sometimes likes his alone time. He’s never too fussy. He even let’s me pick him up, play with him and tug at him gently. Everyone says he has the personality of a dog. I think if I were a cat, I’d be exactly like him.


Bentley is helping me explore my nurturing side. I know having a cat is nowhere the same level as having a child, but taking care of a living being, even if it’s just a cat, kind of gives me a little preview of what it might be like to a be a mom.


I suffer from anxiety and just observing a living being who just wants to sleep, play and explore all the time makes you look at life differently. He’s either calm or playful and it makes me think if that’s all he needs to be content, I should try to do the same. Having a cat with me at all times when I’m home, definitely makes living alone very pleasant. He’s always sitting somewhere nearby, no matter where I am in the apartment, and that’s a really comforting feeling. Just petting him, cuddling with him, and hearing him purr will automatically calm me down. Angelina Jolie once said that Maddox just made her sit down and draw on coloring books all day with crayons and that it changed her. I feel the same about just playing with my cat.

Christina Nguyen is a Graphic Designer and occasional photographer. She just left her job at an in-house design agency for a beauty company and is moving on to an in-house marketing/design agency for a real estate development company. She’s obsessed with drinking matcha and listening to rap music.


Photographer based in Brooklyn, NY.

13 thoughts on “Christina Nguyen & Bentley

  1. Cats are one of my favorite pets! I love cats! I have had two of my cats live until they are seventeen or older! My cats are family members and were raised with my children!

  2. I love cats. I don’t understand how people don’t like them. Unless you’re allergic thats different. I have cat named Mocha and I lover her very much. She has a weird personality, she makes me chase her before I can pet her but thats my Mocha.

  3. My cat is what they call a tri-color tabby named Abigail Course aka Dabbers (my children nicknamed her) She talks to us all of the time and says I love you! She is 17 and still a little frisky and I play with her sometimes! My son and daughter have cats since they are both grown!

  4. Hi, I have 2 cats, Cook (male) and Samoa (female), they are 12 years old and they are siblings.
    They resemble Bentley vey much 🙂
    They are very nice and playful cats and even they are ‘mature’ they play like kittens. They are very social cats, and they love peple.
    I took them at a shelter in Milano, Italy when the were 7 months, together we have changes many homes, they are a part of my family.


    1. I’ve just had to enter one of Bentley’s photos for our weekly tummy rub tuesday blog roll. This is scheduled for the 21st of May and will link to your original post. 🙂

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