A Lifetime Love of Cats
Pudge definitely influences the design aesthetic of Kady's apartment.
Even when Kady was a kid growing up in a family with dogs, cats quickly became her main muse.
"I remember being obsessed with the Sailor Moon tv show as a child. It had these two cats and I'd spend hours drawing them," she says.
Her Very Own Inspiration
Now that she's a grown-up graphic designer and photographer, she’s able to have her own cat for inspiration. When looking for a cat, she opted for an Exotic Shorthair. A breed fairly small in size, Pudge has what Kady calls "dog-like" characteristics, including a strong attachment to her owner, a laid-back nature and a high capacity for training. At barely eight pounds, Pudge's fluffy hair makes her look much bigger than she is. Thus the name Pudge, inspired by a bear from the video game Animal Crossing, who always talks about loving food.
Connecting Cat Lovers through Photography
Does Pudge have a Mona Lisa Smile? Kady's Pudge portraits capture the many moods of her cat.
When Kady adopted Pudge, she also brought a new photography muse into her life. As she started posting Pudge’s photos to Instagram, the little cat quickly became a force of nature. Soon, she had acquired a following of cat-lovers around the world.
"When I post Pudge's photos," she says, "It's like she's broadcasting to her friends what she's up to that day. Pudge and I suddenly have thousands of new friends."
A Creative Home
On a daily basis, Pudge helps inspire Kady as she works for her graphic design job from home. Whether it's scoping out the perfect cat accessories to suit their stylish space or taking a photo shoot break, Pudge makes her day-to-day more creative.
"Working on Pudge-inspired creations is what I love," she says. "I can take a break to spend a little time on an idea, then return to work more energized and inspired."
When Kady does leave home for a day to go into her office, Pudge gets to come too. In work, play and creation, wherever they go, they go together.