Bed-Stuy

Tatum Mangus & Margot

In 2009, I was living in San Francisco with my boyfriend and three other dudes. One day, we were all hanging out at Dolores Park and we saw this girl selling kittens out of a cardboard box for $10 each. They looked to be just a couple months old; I think the girl with the […]

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Bushwick

Sophie Butcher & Rabbit

I was traveling for work in Mexico when I got a text from my boyfriend – he sent me a picture of a black cat and wrote “uh oh.” My boyfriend, Marty, had grown up with cats, and he always told me stories about his beloved little black cat Bison who passed before I could […]

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Williamsburg

Sophie Grant, Simon & Oliver

Last week a friend from out of town stayed with me and I asked them to write a description of my cats: “Brothers born in the back of a Brooklyn bodega between boxes of butter beans and brown bread, Simon and Oliver may be equally and infinitely handsome but their balance is defined more by […]

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Hells Kitchen

Sandra Choi, Milo & Chloe

I had a strange and dysfunctional childhood. One day, when I was around 12 years old, my dad brought home a cat. I reminded my irresponsible parents that I was allergic, but it didn’t matter, the cat was there to stay. We called him Yang, short for “koh-yang” which just means “cat” in Korean. I […]

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Chinatown

Christina Ha, Mr. Socks, Pickle & Tia

I had a lot of pets growing up — hamsters, turtles, dogs, fish, and even parakeets — but not cats. A childhood friend of mine had a cat, but she moved away when I was 7 so I never interacted with a cat again until my early 20s, when I discovered that I’m quite allergic […]

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Bushwick

Sandra Hatton, Jemma & Apollo

I have always had cats growing up and missed the animal connection in my adulthood, so in 2011 I decided it was time to adopt my own. I looked all over and decided on Brooklyn Animal Action. I found and fell in love with an adorable black cat I named Dublin and couldn’t resist adopting […]

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Bed-Stuy

Ileán Pérez, Millo, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz

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 […]

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Bed-Stuy

Sandie Cheng & Hygge

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 […]

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Williamsburg

Aelfie Oudghiri & The Shah

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. […]

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