Two cats and a popular Twitter artist helped unite a man and woman more than 4,600 miles apart.
It all started on Twitter – more precisely with the account called “badly drawn cats.” The premise of the account is pretty simple: artist Heloísa Nora takes photos of other people’s cats and draws them. The drawings don’t have a lot of detail but they are still perfect in how they really capture each and every cat.
Grant Schroeder followed the report when he decided to try and get an assignment for his cat Luna, then a cute little black kitten with green eyes.
Nora made the drawing in 2019 and posted it to her account as usual. That’s when Emma Ferguson from Great Britain became aware. She also had a cat named Luna. After seeing Nora’s drawing, Ferguson went to Schroeder’s account.
“I saw a picture on his account of him holding his Luna. Cute boy with cat — must follow of course!” she told NPR.
almost 3 years ago @poorlycatdraw drew me a picture of my baby Luna. After sharing it with her followers, Emma stumbled upon it and we struck up a conversation. Yesterday we got married!! I can’t thank Heloísa enough for bringing us together. 1. Poorly Drawn Wedding?? pic.twitter.com/aoySmpHNvd
— Grant (@GrantSchroeder) July 25, 2022
Schroeder then naturally glanced at Ferguson’s profile and saw her cats.
“So then I messaged them on Twitter and said, ‘Hey, your cats are cute,'” he told NPR. “We then just started talking about our cats, getting to know each other, and eventually we started FaceTiming every day and slowly fell in love.”
Emma Ferguson and Grant Schroeder
FaceTiming was initially the only way the couple could see each other because Schroeder was living in Oregon at the time while Ferguson was in Liverpool, England.
The couple finally met in person in January 2020, when Schroeder was boarding a plane. A few weeks later he returned. The plan was for Ferguson to fly to Oregon in May 2020, but by then the coronavirus pandemic and its travel restrictions were in full effect. The two finally got back together in August 2021 after more than a year of travel delays.
“We knew from the start that we both love each other and that we wanted to do it,” said Schröder.
The two got engaged last New Year’s Eve and married on July 24th.
“Obviously, I had no idea I was going to find my wife through Twitter, but things took a weird turn,” he said.
Ferguson had similar thoughts.
“I just thought I’d see posts from his cat on my timeline,” she said. “I got a lot more than that and I’m very glad I did.”
Nora said she was incredibly excited for the couple and the role she played in bringing them together by accident.
“It’s beautiful what we can do with the internet these days,” she said. “I never thought that a cat drawing would lead to a beautiful story.”
The couple now live together in Liverpool with two cats, Leighton, “an 11-year-old angel of a girl,” and Phil, a stray who has taken a liking to their home and the food and naps that go with it, Grant said.
As for the two Lunas, Schroeders is much taller than she was in the illustration and lives in Oregon with his parents. Ferguson’s Luna died of illness.
The couple said they have plans to have a third cat and have already chosen a name – Cheddar.
“They’ll be big and orange and beautiful, we hope,” Schroeder said.