In the documentary Cat Ladies, director Christie Callan-Jones and producer Jeannette Loakman follow four women who choose to live amongst a sea of cats.
Their subjects include a woman who owns 123 cats and another whose home has become a health hazard as a result of her cat hoarding.
Callan-Jones says these cat ladies are independent, feisty, and unapologetic about their lifestyle choice, and accept that they may be stereotyped as crazy cat ladies.
She says, These women live in extreme conditions. Their environment is so intense. They really do put themselves and their health in jeopardy.
The cat ladies in the film sleep only a few hours a night and have let their homes fall apart.
Callan-Jones describes walking into the feline-infested dwellings as being assaulted with sounds, smells, and fur, and even had to wear special clothes while filming.
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