An elderly woman who lives alone with a large number of cats, who is believed to be faithfully devoted. This woman is known as a cat lady. Cat Ladies unravels the real story behind the oft-ridiculed ‘cat lady’ – a cultural stereotype and figure of ridicule for women of a certain age with too many furry companions. Through the intimate portrait of four unique ‘cat ladies,’ we create a sensitive and emotionally honest portrait of women whose lives and self-worth have become intractably linked to cats.
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Women who have cats, they have long been associated with the concept of spinsterhood. A cat lady may also be an animal hoarder who keeps large numbers of cats without having the ability to properly house or care for them. It’s not only the number of cats that defines someone as a ‘cat lady’, but rather their attachment, or non-attachment, to human beings. They create a world with their cats in which they are accepted and in control – a world where they ultimately have value.