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National Cat Lady Day, a day to celebrate the modern cat lady

Among those profiled by the BC SPCA for National Cat Lady Day is Erin, cat mom to Artemis, who explained why she loves being called a Cat Lady.
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April 19, 2021 - 6:00 PM

There truly is a day for everything, and today is for celebrating the modern-day cat lady, according to the BC SPCA.

April 19 is National Cat Lady Day, the society said in the write-up that featured a number of female feline companions.

"The reputation of a cat lady has come a long way since medieval Europe when a woman’s love for cats was a cause for suspicion and even scorn. Since then, the cat lady stereotype has transformed from a negative label into a popular one that many modern cat ladies wear with pride," the BC SPCA said.

"For National Cat Lady Day, we reached out to cat ladies in the BC SPCA community to share why they love cats and embrace being called a cat lady."

Among those profiled is Erin, cat mom to Artemis and Hades, who explained she loves being called a Cat Lady.

"I love being called a cat lady! For me, a cat lady is something pretty simple — loving cats! That can take many forms; adopting and having cats, being involved in cat rescue, or fostering. At the end of the day, a cat lady loves her some cats," Erin said in a BC SPCA media release.

"I think the term cat lady does have a stigma to it, and it’s such a shame. I think a lot of the stigma is rooted in sexism; I mean, if a man has multiple cats or dogs, you don’t see the same stigma placed on him. I think it’s also rooted in misunderstanding cats. Many people think cats are aloof, mean, and anti-social, and then think that those who like cats have the same qualities. 

Tell us what you think: Are you or someone you love a cat lady and what does your feline companion bring to your life?


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