48-yr-old web designer Barbarella Buchner was left heartbroken after her 7-yr-relationship ended, she believe she's found companionship, happiness and fulfilment in her cats
"They’re the loves of my life, I have no regrets and I don’t care what people say, " she said.
"As a child I was surrounded by cats, our family regularly owned at least one or two. They were my favourite animal, " the animal lover said.
Barbarella was 34 years old when she adopted her own cats. She finally adopted two 8-month-old tabby cats from the same litter at an East London animal shelter in year 2000.
"For me, it was like when you know you’re having a baby, before you have a baby or adopt a child, you look on the internet to learn as much as possible and read lots of books. That’s what I did before I got my cats."
"It was love at first sight when I laid eyes on my boys, Lugosi and Spider, I’ll never forget that day. They were rubbing against the cage and purring.
"I knew I wanted those cats… I could tell the feeling of love was mutual judging by their purrs and the way they were brushing their little faces against the bars. That was it; they were coming home with me!", she recalled.
4 years after adoption, Barbarella decided to make her love official by marrying Spider and Lugosi. She found a website called Marryyourpet.com. After agreeing to the rules and regulations, she paid about £20 and tied the knot by clicking the words 'I do".
"Marrying Lugosi and Spider was something I had to do, for myself, some people may call me a bigamist for marrying two cats or even call our marriage incest because they’re brothers. But I’ve never been one to care about what other people say or think, especially when it has anything to do with my cats and the unusual relationship I have with them", she said.
"Obviously I don’t have sex with my cats. It’s just pure, spiritual, unconditional love on both sides, as simple as that," Buchner clarified.
On their third wedding anniversary, Barbarella got a tattoo of her two cats on her right leg.
"I wanted something of Lugosi and Spider on my body. If they died, I would never marry another cat. They’re my first cats and no other cat in the future can change that.
"If a man ever approaches me, I just tell them straight off, “Sorry, I’m married to my cats.” If they think it’s odd, I don’t care," she said.
The cat lover also says married life with her animals is pretty easy. She spoils them silly and says she would gladly go bankrupt her companions of 16 years.