Animals

By Luke Kenton


This photographer dedicated his time to capturing the euphoric expressions of kitties ‘high’ on catnip – and the results are absolutely hilarious.

Pic by Andrew/ CATERS NEWS

After Andrew Marttila discovered his roommate’s cat’s affinity for catnip, the then-hobbyist photographer attempted to capture the kitten’s amusing facial contortions with his camera phone.

Now a full-time feline photographer, Andrew, 32, from Washington, D.C, has spent the past few months compiling a book – titled “Cats on Catnip” – documenting the hilarious variation of expressions displayed by kitties during a catnip trip.

Using his friend’s cats as a muse and supplying several variations of catnip – a herb that can causes cats to enter a state of bliss for up to two hours – the neuroscience graduate captured some laugh-out-loud results.

Pic by Andrew/ CATERS NEWS

Andrew, who used to be allergic to cats, said: “Whenever I’d give him [roommate’s cat] catnip, he’d pull the most amazing faces – I loved capturing them on camera.

“You can never anticipate the outcome when you throw down a pile of catnip.

“I love being able to capture their expressions, because I feel as though they have an extremely wide range of emotion.

Pic by Andrew/ CATERS NEWS

“The catnip photos show a very wild side to cats that we don’t often see.

“Of all the photos I’ve taken over the years, the catnip photos were the most enjoyable.

Pic by Andrew/ CATERS NEWS

“I had so much fun doing this and I can’t wait for everyone to enjoy the pictures as much as I do.”

From draped tongues to wry smiles, the incredibly amusing compilation will be available in UK stores on June 28 and can be purchased online at bit.ly/catsoncatnip.

To see more of Andrew’s work, follow him on Instagram: @IAmTheCatPhotographer