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Cat Photographer Andrew Martilla is breaking records with his Cats on Catnip photos

Andrew Martilla becomes a famous cat photographer thanks to his catnip photos cat-happy
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Andrew Martilla is best known as the cat photographer – but his greatest hit is his series on cats getting high on catnip! 

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 17/03/2019, 08:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:50

This young man may have the best job ever 

Andrew Martilla never thought he would one day be known all over the world as THE cat photographer. His degree in neuroscience combined with his allergies to cats certainly didn’t suggest a career path in feline photography. Yet, Martilla is now a very well-respected photographer, and his photos have been seen by millions online. And with good reason : they’re witty, beautiful, adorable – basically Andrew captures cats’ personalities purr-fectly. 
And his pictures aren’t just for show. Martilla also focuses a lot of energy in helping to promote shelters (and capturing shots of their kitties of course) all over the US.

One of his greatest ideas so far

Andrew really hit the jackpot with an original idea for his feline models – using catnip. His series of pictures of ‘Cats on Catnip’ have been shared thousands of times across the web and most importantly, they’re hilarious. 

What’s catnip anyway?

Catnip is a perennial herb from the mint family labiatae – so nothing special – except that it elicits a response in most cats that many people describe as a ‘high’. Indeed, if you give your kitty catnip, you may notice it starting to sniff, chew, lick, shake its head, or rub its body on it. These are all completely normal responses that most cats have to this plant! But not to worry – it’s perfectly harmless.

A great success

Watching cats enjoy catnip is funny enough, but getting close-ups and perfectly-timed head-shots is even better. Animal-lovers all over the world love these photos so much, that Andrew published a book containing only catnip photos! 

Even Andrew has to admit it was pretty entertaining to create this collection. “I think the sessions I had during the creation of Cats on Catnip were some of the most enjoyable. Many of the cats had never seen nor experienced the sheer amount of catnip I gave them. This led to a ton of incredible freakout moments (most of which I was able to capture) for both the cats and guardians alike”, he told the Conscious Cat. 

Whether you’re a cat person or not, you can’t turn a blind eye to these pictures – they are too good not to be shared again and again and again….enjoy! 


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