Celebrities live lavish lifestyles most of us can only dream about, but one thing we have in common is a universal love for our cats. This week in pop culture news, famous feline enthusiasts were revealed, I Can Has Cheezburger turned five, Superstationmaster cat Tama got an apprentice, designer Jason Wu got catty, Pusheen the cat got emotional, and Sophie the kitten got cozy, proving that cat hats are the hottest trend for winter 2012.
Did you know that John Lennon was a cat lover? Over on MentalFloss, Eddie Deezen took a look back at the influential felines that shaped the singer’s life, from his first cat, Elvis, to his favorite cat, a Russian Blue named Alice. Elsewhere, James Taylor shared a video of his American Shorthair cat, Ray, while People Pets highlighted some real men who loves cats in a photo special dedicated to Hollywood’s not-so-secret cat guys.
Katy Perry has been keeping a low profile since news of her impending divorce from Russell Brand broke late last month, but last week the pop singer broke her silence by tweeting a picture of her beloved cat, Kitty Purry. Men may come and go, but in good times and bad, in sickness and in health, a girl’s cat has always got her back!
Do you remember what life was like before cats took over the Internet? On January 11, LOLcat luminaries I Can Has Cheezburger celebrated five years of grammatically incorrect felines with a look back at some of their favorite cat videos.
Tama the cat rose to fame in 2007 when she was named stationmaster at Kishi Station in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture, in Japan. Not only did her presence revitalize the nearly defunct train line, it also pumped a reported $10 million into the local economy as tourists flocked to the station to get a glimpse of her. The 12-year-old cat has been holding court at the station for five years, but now that she’s getting on in age, railway officials have decided it’s time to welcome her first “staff” member. Around 100 local residents and tourists recently attended a ceremony introducing her likely successor, a young calico named Nitama, who will be stepping in to lend a helping paw.
The launch of a new designer collection for Target is always cause for excitement, but the upcoming Jason Wu line is of special interest to cat ladies because of its overtly feline influence. Jason’s muse, a black cat named Milu, will appear on a chic tote bag and printed scarf as part of the highly anticipated collection, set to claw its way into stores on February 5.
Pudgy Pusheen is never one to conceal her feelings, especially when her favorite hobby, eating, is involved. I’m sure all cat owners can relate to this adorable guide to understanding your cat’s emotions, hilariously illustrated through the eyes of a food-obsessed feline.
Studies have shown that wearing a cat hat not only keeps you warm and stylish, but also helps increase brain function, productivity, and cuteness by 150 percent. And yes, ladies, Scott is single, as long as you don’t mind dating a guy with a kitten surgically attached to his head.
About the Author: Stephanie Harwin is the founder of Catsparella.com, an award-winning cat culture blog dedicated to her passion for finding and sharing all of the coolest cat-related content online. Read more about her here.