Q: How would you describe
A: It’s fairly self-explanatory:
Cats. Instructions on how to
exploit your cats for financial gain.
There are, of course, pictures of
cats. Drawings and instructions
on top of said pictures of cats.
Photos of smushy-faced cats,
tiger-stripy cats, dopey cats, and
hangry cats. The book is meant to
be a piece of humor yet is quite
practical and informative if you
follow the instructions. In my
opinion, this tome book could be
the basis for an Internet cat community college class.
Q: How many cats did you
photograph for the book, and
how did you find the models?
A: If I had to guesstimate,
I’d say I photographed roughly two dozen felines for the
book. Maybe more?
A large majority of the
furmongers were procured
from the online casting
call. Additionally, a lot
more were procured
and friends of
friends. The closer
the relationship with
the owner and/or feline,
the more the cats were
willing to be placed in
Who else would voluntarily drop
into a bathtub multiple times for
an opportunity to appear in a book
translated into German? Oh, a few?
Cat parents can be masochistic.
I kid, of course. No cats were
harmed. The only cats to get truly
upset were the ones living under
my roof, including the white-mane
witch cat who hisses at the mere
15 Minutes of (Feline) Fame
BY KATIE INGMIRE
A proud word nerd, Katie
Ingmire is the former senior
associate editor of Catster
and Dogster magazines.
She and her fiancée share
their Alabama home with
their feline overlords, Dexter and Domino.
Follow Katie on Twitter at @KatieIngmire.
With the success of Grumpy Cat, Lil BUB, and the other celebricats who have taken over the Internet, it’s tempting to get in on the action. Thankfully, there’s a book for that: How to Make Your Cat an
Internet Celebrity, written by Patricia Carlin and published last year by Quirk
Books. The man behind its photos is Philadelphia-based photographer Dustin
Fenstermacher. I chatted with Dustin about this satirical guide to feline fame.
thought of my hand petting her
soft bunny fur — see Page 115.
Q: What were the most
rewarding and challenging parts
of photographing the cats?
A: Surprisingly, run-of-the-mill
house cats are not the easiest cats
to wrangle for a photography proj-
ect. I’d say the most rewarding and
challenging aspects of the book
are the same: those moments
when everything would click and
the feline finagling would finally
wield a photograph worthy of the
image I had in my head.
Q: What is your favorite
piece of advice from the
A: Just follow all of the
advice. I’m living proof that
you can earn mad from
taking pictures of your cats!
DID YOU KNOW?
Dustin’s favorite Internet celebrity cat
is Maru. “His celebrity is defined by
his ability to blend athleticism and
derpiness into the most potent strain
viral video,” he said.
CONNECT WITH DUSTIN
Dustin Fenstermacher —
IMAGES FROM HO W TO MAKE YOUR CAT AN INTERNET CELEBRI TY BY PATRICIA CARLIN, PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUSTIN FENSTERMACHER. REPRINTED WITH PERMISSIONS FROM QUIRK BOOKS.