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Where would our lives be without cats? While cats are America’s favorite pet, there is a stigma that shames the love of felines. You probably know her as “the crazy cat lady,” a woman, typically single, who has an unhealthy obsession with all things feline. In The Simpsons, she’s a rambling madwoman who constantly has cats draped over her shoulder. In Bob’s Burgers, it’s Gale, the sister of the titular character’s wife, Linda. And in the Harry Potter universe, there are some questionable connections drawn between Dolores Umbridge’s evil tendencies and her love of kittens. One woman, Hannah Shaw, also known as The Kitten Lady, is aiming to break down those negative stereotypes while raising awareness for the plight faced by orphaned kittens.

Like any baby, animal or human, orphan newborn kittens (aged eight weeks and under), are an extremely vulnerable population. They cannot generate their own body heat, they cannot go to the bathroom on their own, they cannot groom themselves, and require specialized knowledge and overnight care that most shelters are not equipped to handle. Unless a foster parent who is experienced in handling newborns steps in, most orphan newborn kittens are euthanized before close of business the day that they are brought in to shelters.

Through multiple platforms, such as Instagram and her YouTube channel, Shaw seeks to raise awareness for kittens everywhere by sharing stories of rescued kittens and providing educational videos.


Hannah Shaw, creator of multi-media platform The Kitten Lady, explains why it is so important to help newborn kittens grow.

From tips on how to feed newborn kittens and keep them warm to reasons why she does not allow herself to become a “foster failure,” Shaw’s channel is a fantastic learning tool for cat lovers and fosters everywhere.


She also aims to smash the negative stereotypes assigned to the “crazy cat lady” trope, which is harmful to both people who love cats and women.


Not only has her platform reached thousands, it has lead to speaking opportunities at shelters that previously were not equipped to care for newborns.



Shaw’s end goal is something we all can get behind: to end the unnecessary euthanization of kittens everywhere. Even if you cannot foster or adopt, you can still help kittens. Participate in your local trap-neuter-release program to ensure that no unwanted kittens are born or use your social media accounts to raise awareness about the importance of adoption and spaying or neutering your pets.

To learn more about The Kitten Lady, visit her official website. For educational and rescue videos, check out her YouTube channel.

Image source: The Kitten Lady/Facebook

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3 comments on “This Woman is Breaking ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ Stereotypes and Saving Kittens From Euthanasia”

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Alessandra Ferrari
1 Years Ago


Jeannette Gravett
1 Years Ago

What a lovely person. Brave and cute!

john pasqua
1 Years Ago

great person to help the kittens from death.

1 Years Ago

David Ollie, take your problems somewhere else. I am tied of these people here as I was on Care 2.

If CatL Ladies are crazy it is because people have made them that way because they do not spa/neuter and/or they dump them like trash. I have read aboutHanna Shaw before and applaud her cat craziness. It is not the fault of these tiny kittens that they are brought in to the world and hey are lucky to have her.

Linda Rockhold
1 Years Ago

I feel sorry for people who don\'t have cats and love them. I pray daily for those who torture animals to be stopped and punished. That aside, cats are very much like people. They are very complex and while I adore dogs also, very different from dogs. It is ignorant to compare the two. Do people compare parrots and elephants?
I celebrate all animals and feel that we could learn much from animals: they know more about the world than we do.
As far as loving cats, I would not be complete without a cat or two in my life. Their love is given only to the deserving. You can\'t make a cat love you. Kindness and love and consideration for what they are going through and how they think, is reciprocated.
People who hate or disrespect cats are ignorant, uncomapassionate and probably too self-serving and narcissistic to have a pet...or a child....or a relationship! Beware!


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