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What Is a Big Brother Cat Lady?


Not just any kind of “cat lady”, because there are lots of interpretations of the term, but a Big Brother cat lady.

Wikipedia has a page dedicated to explaining what a “cat lady” is:

“At least in the Anglosphere, single women who own cats have long been associated with the concept of spinsterhood. In more recent decades, the concept of a cat lady has been associated with “romance-challenged (often career-oriented) women who can’t find a man”.

The term is also used to denote an animal hoarder who keeps large numbers of cats without having the ability to properly house or care for them. They may be ignorant about their situation.”

My other go-to, Urban Dictionary, even has “crazy cat lady” defined as:

“A woman, usually middle-aged or older, who lives alone with no husband or boyfriend, and fills the empty lonely void in her life with as many cats as she can collect in one place. Said homes are usually very stinky and the aformentioned woman may also very likely be white trash.”

Despite what Wikipedia and Urban Dictionary think they know about cat ladies, only the tried and true fans of Big Brother know what a Big Brother cat lady is. So:

What is a Big Brother Cat Lady?

It’s not always a cat owner. But there is a high likelihood and not by coincidence, according to this study that links cat ownership to the deterioration of mental health and higher rates of suicide. All jokes aside I can see how people who hate their lives, cats or no cats, would threaten the lives and souls of Big Brother alum and/or fellow fans without remorse. There are Big Brother cat ladies who do actually own cats, but some may own dogs or horses or even be a “functional cat lady” with seemingly normal lives with spouses and families.

It’s not always a lady. But cat lady sounds better than “cat owner”, because you’ll never see a tweet saying “Uh-oh, the BB cat owners are out.” No, it’s cat ladies, but the number of men living as cat ladies is growing every Big Brother season. I know of at least 49 cat ladies who are in fact cat lady-men, not to be confused with Thai ladyboys, because the Big Brother cat lady syndrome does not discriminate. Men can be afflicted too.

The Big Brother cat lady dedicates so much energy to remain anonymous in their carriage of hate. Hate is the key word here, as it is hate that drives these Big Brother cat ladies. If you own cats and happen to love Big Brother that doesn’t make you a Big Brother cat lady.

It’s near impossible to physically apprehend a Big Brother cat lady, because we’re not just talking about just some generic Wikipedia cat lady or even a regular Urban Dictionary crazy cat lady. So we must hope that one of them reforms themselves one day to help us answer better the question of, “What is a Big Brother Cat Lady?” If you have more insight please share, as always.

Update (Friday, January 24, 2014): The Big Brother Cat Lady ranks are being joined by spill-overs from the Belieber Camp. Many young fans of Big Brother seem to be going to the dark side, taking on Big Brother Cat Lady behaviors. We must stop this phenomenon.

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  • Some call them cat ladies, I call them off the wall whackos to the nth degree. These individuals are in every stream of public and private domains. If people are so bored that they must attack public figures, they need to get down with reality. They should volunteer. Gain a little insight and hopefully a little empathy and a whole lot of upside the head reality.

    Thanks for the chance to vent Jun. This is a hot subject for me in every aspect of life down to parents who get vocally violent at kids games, etc.

    Stepping away now.

  • Kristy on May 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm said:


    They also engulf their life with other people’s love life, because they don’t have one of their own.

  • Cats are the primary host of toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease. Almost all warm-blooded mammals can be infected. The parasits are generally passed from one host to another via meat (the eating of said meat) and feces. It is VERY easy to transmit the parasite via physical contact with feces.

    So cat ladies go in to change their kitty’s litter and presto! They get the parasite.

    Now what does toxoplasmosis do to a person? Allow me to just copy-paste this from wikipedia:

    During the first few weeks after exposure, the infection typically causes a mild, flu-like illness or no illness. Thereafter, the parasite rarely causes any physical symptoms in otherwise healthy adults. However, those with weakened immune systems, such as AIDS patients or pregnant women, may become seriously ill, and it can occasionally be fatal. The parasite can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and neurologic diseases, and can affect the heart, liver, inner ears, and eyes (chorioretinitis). Recent research has also linked toxoplasmosis with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia. Numerous studies found a positive correlation between latent toxoplasmosis and suicidal behavior in humans.

    The worst part of this parasite? It’s believed (but not confirmed) that this parasite resides in upwards of 33% of the entire population of the world!

    I could go on about this but I don’t want my comment to become longer than the original article. Needless to say, Cats may not be actual evil incarnate but they do seem to be a carrier of evil. 😉

  • Anonymous on May 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm said:


    This isn’t a topic worth writing about in my opinion. Idk why anyone would care about this topic. That’s all I have to say.

  • I ain’t no cat lady but i do got many cats yes various ones that i picked up from the streets the store the club the humane society and from all my exes. they even got the floorboards up in da bathroom so they can go under the house but i ain’t never been a cat lady in that way, i got love for all and i dont threaten anybody’s lives. i love you jun you a real woman, shoulda been back for all stars cuz i think youda done better than hiding in a huge vase in the middle of the living room like that street rat alison!

  • As a card-carrying BB-addicted catlady (two felines at present) (and a small dog who uses a litterbox) I’d like to say that we aren’t all lonely or hateful. I agree with Jun that neither having cats nor being female are required to be a catlady, and I’d go so far as to say that most of us who can’t turn off BB feeds for hours, days, weeks on end qualify as BB catladies, but those who spew hatred and threats at Big Brother hamsters have given the rest of us a bad name.

  • I’m not sure how I missed this one but what a great blog and truly inspired responses. I’m finding a lot of your dailies that I missed but now that I have dropped BB15 from my life I’m finding time/making time to catsup. Pun intended. *giggle*

    I think we all know a few crazy cat women. And a lot, maybe the majority are BB Superfans. I think the ones that still to this day love reading anything about Jeff and Jordan. God forbid you are caught by a cat lady because she will track you down and remove your beating heart from your chest barehanded and show it to you before you die. You die knowing that your heart will be dinner for all of her cats that very evening.

    Then she blocks you on Twitter and Facebook at the same time and send your emails to spam, never to be looked at because to her and her fellow cat ladies you are dead. You can be certain they have a secret cat lady chat program that you can only download by word of mouth and after you sign your name in a non-cat-lady’s blood from a fresh kill.

    I am afraid for I am starting to sense a new version of cat ladies starting for Amanda and McRae. Be wary of women lurking in dark allies watching your every move, wearing a housecoat and fuzzy slippers with a cat face and whiskers.

    That was fun. Thanks for giving me the place where I can blow off some steam.

    • Hope you can read between lines and guess what I was attempting to write. I didn’t proofread and left out a few key phrases. :)

      And I forgot to compliment R.C. for his very factual and informative comment.

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