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Bromley woman helps combat myth of the ‘crazy cat lady’

PUBLISHED: 14:17 03 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:48 03 May 2016

Natalie Newfield with her cat, Sooty

Natalie Newfield with her cat, Sooty

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She is taking part in a project to highlight female cat owners’ beauty and confidence

A woman from Bromley has taken part in a project aimed at dispelling the myth surrounding the ‘crazy cat lady’ stereotype.

Twenty-five-year-old Natalie Newfield, of Bickley, and her pet Sooty were photographed by Holly-Marie Cato as part of a project to capture images of proud, single, female cat owners in their home environments.

Research commissioned by dating website Match.com shows more than three-fifths (62 percent) of single, female cat owners believe their pet carries a stigma and could be harming their chances in the dating game.

However, three quarters (74 per cent) of Britons believe these fears are unfounded and state that it is completely normal for a woman to own a cat.

Ms Cato’s images are designed to highlight single, female cat owners’ beauty and confidence alongside their pet.

The photographer said: “It’s amazing to help Match dispel the stereotype that surrounds single women with cats. The women that have allowed us to come into their home and document their relationship with their cats have been a mixture of fun, sophisticated, creative and cool, and all have a shared love for their four-legged furry friends.”

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