A woman and her cat (B)

A woman and her cat (B)
originally uploaded by 
Anna Osk
Anna Osk

Cat's name: Gunner

Human's name: 

Length of cohabitation:
8 years 

How they came to live with each other: 
Story unknown, although Ashley and Gunner moved to the US from Sweden together

Tell us about this photo:  
I was shooting Ashley and Gunner just happened to walk by . . .  he obviously wanted to be part of the shoot and so we let him :)

What you love most about your cat (or cats in general): I do love cats myself, although I don't own one. I like how they are very independent and how they have very distinct personalities

henri e rosa

originally uploaded by mari guima

Cat's name: Henri

Human's name: Rosa Maria

Length of cohabitation: Henri was born on December 16th, 2001 - almost 9 years!

How you came to live with each other: My best friend gave him to me as a gift. His name is Henrique, so I named the cat Henri in the honor of my best friend!

Favorite shared activity: sleep in my office . . . 

Tell us about this photo: I love to take pictures of my cats and this particular day, my mom was carrying Henri and I asked her to stay still because the light was very nice on them, and I took my camera and shot the photos.

What you love most about your cat (or cats in general): they are so charming, loving, intelligent, independent, sophisticated, misterious, and at the same time, funny and fun!! I love everything about them!!!

How or why you incorporate cats in your photography: they are so nice models!!!!

Self Portrait with Fiddy, Feb. 2009

originally uploaded by Kevin Steele

Cat's name: Fiddy

Human's name: Kevin Steele

Length of cohabitation: Almost 3 years

How you came to live with each other: Six or so years ago Fiddy kittened with my younger brother out west in our hometown Saskatoon. My brother named him.

Five years ago I adopted a young orange cat named Toby. Shortly after that my brother came east to stay with me and Fiddy became my mother's cat. So now we each had a new orange and white cat!

Mom had always taken pictures. She had a darkroom in the house when I was growing up in the seventies. She gave me a nice camera when I was young but I wasn't allowed to use her darkroom.

Mom started using Flickr in 2004. She was very social on Flickr and loved uploading pictures of just about anything. She gave my brother and I Flickr accounts as a way to stay in touch after he came east.

I had already been uploading cat and street pictures to my personal web site for a few years but the community on Flickr really inspired me to take and share far more pictures. I was blessed with a few very photogenic cats who enjoyed that kind of attention and we were able to collaborate for many fun pictures. Mom was inspired to take pictures of her cats, too, especially Fiddy. Mom and I did not have any trouble talking openly, but I also cherish the way we were able to have a photographic relationship as well.

A few months after mom's unexpected death in late 2006, Fiddy was sent 1800 miles east to live here.

Fiddy is The Family Cat.

Favorite shared activity: Fiddy loves being fed, and he does like to chase things on strings.

Tell us about this photo: At a Flickr meetup a friend wanted a sense of how big Fiddy really was so that week I set out to take the picture to show his size, which was nearly twenty pounds. I had only recently bought a remote control and was happy to find reasons to use it.

That was a bit more than a year ago. Fiddy has been on a diet since the fall and is now closer to 16 lbs, and I think he's just about perfect.

What you love most about your cat (or cats in general): I love how willful they are. And soft. Willful and soft.

How or why you incorporate cats in your photography: It's an interesting challenge to get better at making cat pictures, and forces me to learn different things than my other photographic interests do.

When a session breaks out with the cats it can be breathless, exciting. I love it when the cats enjoy the interaction.

I like taking pictures of many cats I meet.

Favorite animal charity: Work takes me to Virginia often and I like to visit the cats at the Cats Cradle Adoption Centre in Harrisonburg, VA.

sweetness follows

sweetness follows originally uploaded by Jamile

Cat's name: nino

Human's name: jamile

Length of cohabitation: about 1 year

How you came to live with each other: a few months after i had to get my previous beloved kitty named pixie euthanasied, i started looking for a new cat at local shelters websites. i thought i'd never find such a sweetie as pixie, that would be ok with my "elmyra duff instinct". then i found nino and he's even better than i expected.

Favorite shared activity: general petting and play catch (he has a precise way to invite me to run around the apartment, trying to catch him)

Tell us about this photo: nino spends the day alone in the apartment, and everytime i get home, he hears me in the hallway and starts meowing. so as soon as i get in, i pick him up in a tight hug. this picture is one of these hugs.

What you love most about your cat (or cats in general): to begin with, everything. specially about nino, i love that he likes to be squeezed.

How or why you incorporate cats in your photography: cats are great subjects...

Felines . . .

Felines . . .  originally uploaded by Christy

Cat's name: Persephone 

Human's name: Christy

Length of cohabitation: We met last year and have been friends since

How you came to live with each other: On a very spontaneous day, my friend and decided to go to the animal shelter just to take a look around. We both fell in love with a pair of kittens who had just arrived at the shelter for a second time. They came in together and we thought, why not get both of them? So we did :)

Favorite shared activity: playing with string

Tell us about this photo: I was taking a portrait and had this image in my mind for a while. While taking it though, she was a great sport and posed in many different ways for about 20 takes!

What you love most about your cat (or cats in general): Their sophistication, their complexity, and the mysterious way they get people to want their approval as a friend. Purring on my lap is nice too.

{149/365} Fiona

{149/365} Fiona originally uploaded by Sarah Robinson

Cat's name: Fiona

Human's name: Sarah

Length of cohabitation: Fiona was born on October 5th, 2009 and has lived with us since birth...so about 5 months!

How you came to live with each other: Fiona's mommy lived with us a short while after she found us. We fed her and loved her and came to find out that she was pregnant! How exciting! Well, my husband wanted to take her to the shelter right away and I convinced him that it would be fun to have kittens and we'd find homes for all of them. We found home for all but two kittens as well as the momma kitty. We kept the two kittens ( I kind of didn't take them with me to give away like I was supposed to, lol). The little black female I named Fiona, from the movie Shrek. The other kitty is a fluffy tabby that we call Loki, after the Norse God of Mischief! 

Favorite shared activity: Fiona loves to run into the shower right after I turn the water off. She loves to watch the water drops run off of the walls. I thank it's so funny to watch her. She also loves to wake me up with huge purrs in the middle of the night, she gets her pets then curls up in between my knees.

Tell us about this photo: Fiona is a born model! She is so intense and gets so focused on things. I just picked her up and held her and she did the rest. She's a wonderful kitten and so photogenic!

What you love most about your cat (or cats in general): They are hours of free entertainment! I have had some of the best laughs watching my two kitties! I also love their big purrs and how they love to cuddle!

How or why you incorporate cats in your photography: I love my cats and I want to remember that bond that we have even after they are gone. Besides, who doesn't love putting an animal in a portrait! They might steal the shot, but they're so cute while doing it!

Favorite animal charity: I really only give to local shelters that help the animals in need in my area. I also donate to the low cost spay and neuter clinics!

Me and Sophie

Me and Sophie, originally uploaded by ~*Leah*~
Etsy shop: Modern Adornments

Cat's name: Sophie

Human's name: Leah

Length of cohabitation: 3 months

How you came to live with each other: I adopted her from a no-kill shelter called Operation Kindness

Favorite shared activity: Lying around and reading

Tell us about this photo: I just wanted to take a picture to introduce Sophie to my internet friends. I feel this picture captures her curiosity and her beauty.

What you love most about your cat (or cats in general): They are so loving and affectionate. I really appreciate their companionship. They have such distinct personalities. I love coming home to them and talking about our day :) My kitties are talkers!

Favorite animal charity: Operation Kindness
They are a no- kill animal shelter. They have a wonderful cat room and cat porch that the cats can roam around in (as long as they are healthy and comfortable with other cats) so that they do not have to stay in cages. The people that work and volunteer there are very loving and work hard to better the situation of animals in the community.