Caturday felid trifecta: How to pick up a cat; girls and their cats; interview with the girls-and-their-cats photographer

I’ll abjure the Readers’ Wildlife feature today, as I’m running a bit low on submissions but mainly because I’m sleeping in a bit because of my operation. But I can never miss a Caturday felid!

Here, Dr. Louis Burstyn, a vet in Vancouver, B.C., tells us how to handle a cat. Perhaps you know this already, but kids often make the mistake of dangling the cat with its rear legs free. This short video shows you several ways to safely pick up cats without harming them:


This lovely site, Girls and Their Cats, has pictures of lovely women with their lovely cats, all in the service of debunking the idea that “cat ladies” are demented and abnormal speciments of humanity. Click on the screenshot to go there:

BriAnne Wells, the author of the site (and of its spinoff and eponymous book) has photographed over 300 “girls and their cats” in New York City; here are a few (there’s a story to go with each photo):

Note that Rachel is picking up Pico WRONG!


There are 300 of these; the book would make a nice present for an ailurophile, and Christmas is right around the corner.


And over at My Modern Met, you can read an interview with BriAnne Wells:

Some excerpt and more photos:

What can you tell us about the Girls and Their Cats book?

Girls and Their Cats the book features 50 profiles of cat ladies around the U.S. It’s an extension of the website in that each profile has a portrait and a story. But it also comes with a fact box about each cat, that includes their favorite snacks and their many nicknames. Interspersed throughout are cute and relatable listicles, like “You know you’re a cat lady when…” and “Cat tail language, explained.” And an underlying message of the book is adopt don’t shop.

GATC started as a way to debunk the “crazy cat lady” stereotype. What inspired you to want to dispel this generalization?

I was just tired of seeing the way “cat ladies” were portrayed in the media. And I wanted everyone else to see cat-owning women the way I see them, as unique, cool, and interesting women who love their cats.

The stories of women and their cats are extensive—you really get to know these cats and their humans! How do you get your human subjects to open up and share their stories?

Maybe it’s because they know the cat community is supportive and welcoming that some people feel like opening up and sharing more than just their kitty story. Sometimes they touch on a subject (past trauma/abuse) and I ask if they’re comfortable sharing how that ties into their cat story, but I never pry or force anyone to talk in detail. When they do open up like that, we get something so personal and beautiful and it tends to resonate with many readers.

What’s next for GATC?

I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, but I’d love to do a second book at some point. Maybe international Girls and Their Cats one day.


Be sure to read the commentary that goes with each photo, which adds a lot.

h/t: Michael


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 24, 2019 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    For those of the other sex, just a bit of advice. If you become attracted to one of these many female cat persons you must consider yourself one of the staff and enjoy it. Otherwise you may enjoy little else.

  2. merilee
    Posted August 24, 2019 at 9:05 am | Permalink


  3. Glenda Palmer
    Posted August 24, 2019 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    As always the Caturday post was fun and interesting. Having had a cat most of my life I thought I had it all down pat but learned something new from the video with Dr. Burstyn. I was not aware of the football carry. I have a wonderful little cat who has never scratched on purpose but has poor claw protocol and if she is spooked or lifted claws come out and people get hurt. If I can remember the football carry this could be a clever solution when rapid movement is required. Always more to learn. 😊😺

  4. rickflick
    Posted August 24, 2019 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Shouldn’t it be “Women and their Cats”? Or am I too woke this morning? Great pics and stories. The Sphynx cat is not something I’d want around the house, but, I’d take any of the rest.

    • Mark R.
      Posted August 24, 2019 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, could you imagine being woken up by that Sphynx cat? I’d scream in terror!

  5. nay
    Posted August 24, 2019 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Quibble: I believe “crazy cat lady” refers to spinsters who own/care for multiple cats – so many that their care and feeding becomes your life (i.e., you have no life). Since cats are generally independent, I’d say more than 5 is crazy, so none of the featured ladies qualifies. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  6. Jenny Haniver
    Posted August 24, 2019 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Poor Claudia doesn’t look very happy serving as a demonstration tool, even if it’s for the greater good of felines. She attempts a slow, creeping stealth disappearance every chance she gets but to no avail because she’s picked up, swung around, squished, used like a football. No wonder she has that “How long will I have to suffer this indignity” look in her eyes.

  7. enl
    Posted August 24, 2019 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    (This is a cool article with awesome photos. PCC: if it is snagged due to the link, take a look)

    Really cool set of photos of a bobcat mom raising kits that was forwarded to me.

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