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'The Office' star reveals cat obsession was more than just an act

Angela loves cats in 'real' life too! cat-wow
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Angela Kinsey, star of the US version of the comedy classic 'The Office', has revealed how her love of cats made it into the show. Her 'crazy' cat lady character wasn't all an act after all!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 29/08/2019, 20:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:42

Kinsey played Angela Martin, the cat-loving head of accounting at the fictional firm Dunder Mifflin Scranton. The show's creators had lots of ideas about character, but none of them involved a kitty obsession.

Definitely a cat-lady

But when the director gave Kinsey a little creative license; she decided her comedic alter-ego was obviously a 'cat-lady' - albeit a slightly unusual one! Kinsey said:

"In the pilot episode, our director, Ken Kwapis, asked me if I would pass out papers in the background because we were all each other's background."

"I'd been doodling on a Post-It note. I'd drawn a little picture of a cat, and I wrote 'You're invited to Sprinkles' first birthday party, 4 p.m. in the parking lot."

Sprinkles made it into the show and got several mentions throughout the nine seasons of "The Office', as did the rest of Angela's cat-babies.


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But it turns out that Kinsey's love of cats was more than just act. She's a confirmed cat lover off-screen and currently owns a pair of cute kitties - Snickers and Oreo.

Kinsey helps raise awareness for several cat charities and welfare organisations. She recently worked with per food manufacturer Royal Canin to make sure every kitty gets the 5-star treatment. Kinsey said:

"They're just more stoic. They're loners."

The love is real

Because of their independent natures, we can often overlook our cats' needs. US studies show that cats are four times less likely to see a vet than dogs. But Kinsey believes we can quickly solve the issue by paying just a little more attention.

"We also need to remember that we might not see signs when they're not feeling well," said the TV star. "Just be mindful of it."

So check in with kitty now and again. You never know what's going on behind that cool (and very cute) exterior.