It's a good time to be a woman who loves cats.
It seems 2015 is, among many things, the "Cat-Lady Renaissance." Previously, the term “Cat-Lady" was a major insult; a decidedly misogynistic term to describe a presumably lonely woman with no life except cats. Nowadays, it's quite socially acceptable to live a cat lifestyle (aka dat #catlyfe), with websites, blogs, and entire branches of Instagram devoted to a feline-centric culture. To fully celebrate the notion of Cat Ladies, it is important that we pause and honor the great ladies who have lead the way.
1. Louisa May Alcott
(via Wikipedia/Young Folks' Cyclopedia of Persons and Places)
Louisa May Alcott's love for cats certainly influenced her work, specifically her novel “Little Women," which, IMHO, could have easily been titled “Little Cat-Ladies." The March family's home was basically a shrine to cats. The sisters would act out plays and include their cats as leading roles, dressing them up in costumes. If we took this story and set it in modern day, Amy would probs have an Etsy store selling cat bonnets.
2. Chrissie Hynde
Surfing the web, you'll find dozens of pictures of Chrissie Hynde with her band, The Pretenders. More importantly, you will also find her with cats. Chrissie has been an advocate for animal protection groups, and was a donor to UK charity Cats Protection. Fun fact: Chrissie was the co-writer of the song "Smelly Cat," featured in the sitcom Friends. (If that tid-bit doesn't add someone to the Cat Hall of Fame, I dunno what does.)
Met a new friend last week from Best Friends Animal Society in LA. Check 'em out and give a cute little furry a home pic.twitter.com/gBNzOnw0mz
— kesha (@KeshaRose) November 19, 2014
Kesha has spoken publicly about her cat devotion, declaring her home a "cat sanctuary," where her cats have their own room and even their own furniture. She has said she is in the midst of creating a "Cat Cult," where she claims "everyone is a cat." (I know. It's like, I don't know what that means either, but like, WHERE DO WE SIGN UP?)
4. Taylor Swift
GREAT WORK MEREDITH I WAS JUST TRYING TO LOVE YOU AND NOW YOU OWE ME 40 MILLION DOLLARS pic.twitter.com/Zsaa08EqPS
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 14, 2015
Taylor Swift is one of the most famous celebs on the planet, and she is happy to share her fame with her two cats, Meredith and Olivia, (who both have Instagram accounts, btw.) Meredith and Olivia and TayTay are photographed together, playing, snuggling and traveling the world. Being Taylor Swift is probably really cool, and it seems like being one of her cats might be even better.
5. Martha Stewart
Much like Meredith and Olivia, the cats of Martha Stewart probably have a pretty dope set-up. Martha Stewart is known to adore her Persian and Himalayan cats. And if Martha Stewart loves you, that means you probably have the best of everything. Like any proud cat lady, Martha has blogged about her cats, posting glorious portraits of them.
6. Vanna White
It totally makes sense that Vanna White would be a cat person, because she basically IS a cat (I mean, right?). She is not one of those reclusive cats, or fat house cats; she is like a fluffy show cat who sells cat food in a Fancy Feast commercial. Also, her job on Wheel of Fortune sort of seems like a job a cat could have (with the help of a laser-pointer, of course.)
7. Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese is another cat lover who seems like she might also be a cat herself. First of all, her name is a total cat's name. Her movements and demeanor are cat-like. Even the things she says, like "I'm more of an exaggerator than a liar," totally sound like something a cat would say.
8. Dusty Springfield
Dusty was known to have lived for years with her beloved cat companion, Nicholas. She loved animals, and served as an advocate for various cat and animal-protection groups. By the way, her song “I Only Wanna Be With You" is a great song to sing to that special cat in your life.
9. Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette had a mini kingdom of tiny animals. She was known to let her six white Turkish Agora cats roam the tables during elegant gatherings. An old folk tale says that before her death, Antoinette attempted to escape France, and she brought her cats with her on the ship. Although she did not make it, her cats supposedly remained on the boat, which carried them safely to Maine. This is where the breed Maine Coons are thought to have originated. (#CatTrivia!)
10. The Bronte Sisters
These 19th Century writers and sisters were known to love cats. There is even a myth surrounding them and their cat, Tabitha, who may have served as their creative muse. Supposedly Emily, Anne, and Charlotte believed Tabitha channeled spirits and inspired their writing. So basically—long story short—we're pretty sure a cat was def, in part, responsible for Wuthering Heights.
Needless to say, cats—and their ladies—are a pretty BFD and deserve the respect of us all.