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Cat Family Story #39: Pistachio, Benatar, Pasteur, Cashew

What are the names of your cats?

Pistachio, Benatar, Pasteur, and Cashew



Where is your cat family located in?

We live in New South Wales, Australia.


What are the breeds of your cats?

The three of them are Domestic Short Hairs and Benatar is a Munchkin.


How old are your cats?

Pit - 7, Ben - 7, Pasteur - 5 , Cashew - 4 years old.


Where can we find your cats on social media?

On Instagram @hellopistachio @munchkin.on.a.mission



In a few short words/sentences, tell us about your cats' personalities.

Pistachio is loyal and patient. He can be fearless to a fault. Bennie is fierce and chunky, he enjoys luring you in for tummy scratches. Pasteur and Cashew are both colony rescue cats and are shy until they know you and then they are sweet as can be.


How have your cats transformed your life from the moment you've met them till now?

Pistachio was my first cat - having only had dogs previously. My mindset to his independence had to change quickly. The boys continued soon after. They make me slow down each day and appreciate small gestures of love. Having shy cats makes you patient. They have made me much more adventurous.


What do your cats mean to you?

They mean kindness and patience. They bring unique joy to each and every day. They are a consistent value add to our lives.


How did you and your cats first meet? Tell it to us in the form of a short story.

Pistachio's picture showed up on a pound page on Facebook and we feel in love with his angry little face. We met him 3 months later when he has recovered from cat flu and the first thing he did was bite me. Love at first bite.


Benatar had been retired from an ethical breeder and when he flew in on a plane from Queensland we loved his little fluff straight away. Pasteur was part of 3 foster kittens that were taken in from a Sydney colony, Cashew out of a small colony in Wauchope. Unfortunately, they were overlooked by potential adopters because they were too shy - their loss and my love now.


What do you think your cats think of you?

I think they see us as the women who go in after work and give pats and kisses. They see us as the people who give warmth and love! We are their protector and feeders. I would hope they see us as a big happy family.


Your cats are part of your family. What are some things they do that make you think that they consider you part of theirs?

They take their time to show us things. They understand when we aren't picking it up the first time and learn to forgive us when we break trust by forgetting dinner time.



What are some accounts your cats like to follow on Instagram?

@vancatmeow

@lamingtonandjamucats

@meetmymilo

@bryson_burmese_adventure_kitty

@emylou_adventurecat

@munros_adventures

@theorectically.teddy

@hello_theo

@jacquelinemeow_

@stoney_and_mochi_bear


Why do you feel that it is important to show the world that Cats are Family?

Cats have added so much to my life and I worry they are often overlooked as not being a loving pet or are seen as aloof. Cats contribute so much and ask for only love and food in return.


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Keefe Tay (Pet Photographer in Sydney) 

Location: Sydney (Lane Cove, Upper and Lower North Shore, and the Northern Beaches) 

Email: keefe@furrymunchkins.com.au

Phone no: 0404628424

We specialise in Outdoor, Natural light Dog and Cat Photography in Sydney. 

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