New York Woman Makes a Living Catching Other People’s Cats

If you’ve ever dreamed of living in New York, here’s one more reason for you to move there – Jordana Serebrenik. The name of her business explains it all. She is the founder, owner and sole worker of Catch Your Cat, which pretty much sums up what she does. This 45-year-old resident of Murray Hill will come to your home, catch your cat and will do with it anything you want her to.

Let’s face it. Although cats are very adorable creatures, they are fierce when it comes to personal space. Even a hint of threat to their independence and some of them they will even snarl at their own masters. So imagine trying to get a pet cat into a carrier to go to the vet. It could be quite a daunting task. More so, for the elderly or the physically impaired. That’s where Jordana and Catch Your Cat step in. For about $80, she will make sure the cat is in the box in no time at all.

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She uses the punch-line “Can’t get Fluffy into a carrier?” and her customers all praise her services. Alene Yarrow, a client, says it’s worth every penny. “It takes away all the worry and concern off your shoulders. What she does is a blessing.” If you’re still not convinced, take a look at their Facebook page and you’ll see the testimonials for yourself. According to Jordana, the business she started in 2010 has taken off due to the fact that she isn’t emotionally attached to the cat in question. “It’s not that I don’t care. I care a lot, but I’m not emotionally tied to that animal, so I don’t get cluttered in thought.” What else could explain the swift moves and agility that allow her to grab any cat with such impressive ease?


Jordana acquired her special skills in the few years she did animal rescue work. When she realized her knack, she knew it could be turned into a profitable business. Today, she’s a professional cat-nabber with several tools – red nylon net bags, a pair of Kevlar and leather gloves. The gloves are dotted with cat bite marks, but so far she’s had no major injuries attributed to her job. She sums up her entire attitude towards cats in one line, “I’m going to win, so just let me”.

New York Times via Laughing Squid