A woman who was identified as a cat since she was a teen says her lifestyle has not only brought her closer to her partner but also helped her become her “true self.”
Kat first realized she was a “cat” in high school and has been into kitten role play ever since. Currently, Kat is a model who works at Cat Girl Manor a residence in Colorado Springs that hosts animal role play through BDSM events.
Kat met her partner, Robrecht Berg, 52, at a Comic Con event eight months ago. According to each of them, they are in a loving relationship despite being harshly criticized over their age-gap, role playing relationship.
Kat revealed to The Daily Mail:
“I have always been different. I just always had a fascination with cats and I felt myself, I’m a cat. I go through life being a cat – it’s just who I am.”
She continued, saying:
“I’ve always worn cat ears. It started when I was in high school, I don’t remember exactly what age I was but it [came from] an anime.”
“I was like, ‘Oh, that’s cool. I want to be that in real life,’ so I just started applying that to my real life. I don’t think I started the ears, tail, the collar and all that stuff until later on. I was bullied a lot for wearing the ears and just being a nerd. So I kind of kept it a little bit hidden.”
Kat then decided to embrace her kitten alter-ego publicly when she discovered the Cat Manor. She felt the courage to do so after learning there were others out there who identified as felines.
“I just saw other girls doing it, so I felt more comfortable doing it myself.”
An aerospace engineer who also works as an artist and organizes annual cosplay events, Rob, revealed that he was no surprised about Kat’s role play.
He revealed to the newspaper:
“She might have been wearing ears at the time but I didn’t notice that.”
“It wasn’t until talking to her on Messenger later that I found out that she was more into the kitten side of things and did that regularly since she was a teenager.”
“Everyone has something different that they do. I see it as another outlet for a person to enjoy, relax, be themselves and be creative.”
Kat submerges herself into the submissive role in the relationship while Rob is the “master.”
And while they both adore how things worked out — Kat shared that not everyone respects their play.
“My family and certain people are not accepting and they don’t want to know anything about it. It’s hard but I’m going to be who I am no matter if people are going to be accepting of this lifestyle or not. I’m just going to be who I am.”
She continued on, saying:
“I’ve always felt like I was a cat. When I’m in my kitten mode I’m happy. It’s my space. Growing up I had to pretend to be normal and not be the cat person, but now I get to be myself. I get to express myself – I get to climb, if I want to climb, I can if I want to drink out of a bowl, I can if I want to wear a collar, if I want to wear my ears, I can do it. I don’t have anybody stopping me saying, ‘Okay, well, you need to be normal.’ Now I can just be myself.”