East Village

Hannah Kinser & Ozzy

I’d always considered myself a “dog person’ (and in fact have two—Pork and Sal), and the thought of being a cat-mom never crossed my mind. My boyfriend, however, had wanted to adopt one, as he’d lost his a few years back and thought it was the right moment for another. I was hesitant but played […]

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Fort Greene

Lydia White, Snax & Snüz

I moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn in 2010. It was a big move for me. I didn’t have a job or apartment lined up, but a huge priority was to fulfill my longtime desire to adopt a kitten. It seemed like the best way to ensure that outcome was to secure an apartment of […]

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Sunset Park

Iva Dixit, Mikhail Bulgakov, Pigeon & Bread

The first cat I brought home I named Mikhail Bulgakov, after the Russian novelist who wrote The Master and Margarita, and did so because I was 23, which is exactly how young and stupid you need to be in order to mistake meaningless literary pretension for a personality. The shelter gave him to me with […]

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Crown Heights

Ein Jung & Eileen

Eileen is a force to be reckoned with. I knew it from the first moment I saw her, which was through an Instagram post on Brooklyn Cat Cafe’s profile. It was a photo of her in her signature pose, with her one front leg sprawled across her favorite cushion at the cafe. The caption read […]

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Prospect Heights

Bianca Turetsky & Cleo

I adopted Cleo about 7 years ago from Kitty Kind, a really wonderful cat rescue group that operates out of the Union Square Petco. They found her as a baby kitty wandering around the streets of Queens. She was so little and beautiful, a muted calico with green eyes, and I fell in love at […]

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Ridgewood, Queens

Olivia Pakitsas & Taco

I have always loved cats. But when I was a kid, my mother never let me have one because she has an irrational fear of them. So, as time passed, my desire to have a cat only increased the older I got, and once I was finally in a good place to have a cat […]

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Bushwick

Irene Droney & Sage

Before Sage, I had never owned a pet of any sort but loved cats and had always wanted one. I had just started graduate school and gotten out of an abusive relationship. It was the start of a new chapter in my life and I felt like I was ready. I spent a lot of time […]

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Bed-Stuy

CT Treibel, Amber Hurst Martin, & Jeremy

Jeremy is a ginger prince kitty from Los Angeles. He was saved from a local shelter with his whole litter by a fantastic rescue organization called The Rescue Train. A client of mine knew I was secretly longing for a cat even though I’d never had a pet in my life. Growing up, we weren’t […]

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East Village

Emmy DaVirro & Maxine

My husband and I both grew up in anti-cat households. We blame it on our respective mothers’ allergies, not on anyone’s true hatred of the creatures. A year ago we began to toy with the idea of adding a furry roommate to our East Village life, but knew from childhood experience that dogs were more […]

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