Postal worker Uwe Mitzscherlich decided to marry his 15-year-old black and white cat Cecilia because she may not have long to live, daily Bild reported on Monday.
“Cecilia has such a trusting nature,” Mitzscherlich told the paper. “Between us there is an inner bond, a harmony of hearts – it's unique.”
The two met some 10 years ago when he was vacationing on the Baltic Sea coast. The love between them was so strong that when the 39-year-old, who lives in Possendorf near Dresden, realised that his asthmatic and overweight feline friend would likely die soon, he decided to make it official.
But because German authorities will not officiate a wedding between man and cat, Mitzscherlich asked 56-year-old actress Christin-Maria Lohri to do the honours for a fee of €300.
“I first thought it was a joke,” said the actress, who is known for her role on police drama Polizeiruf 110. “But for Mr. Mitzscherlich this is about fulfilling his heart's desire.”
Dressed in a tuxedo with a top hat, the groom held his bride, who wore a tiny wedding gown. The ceremony was complete with flowers, a wedding march, vows and a kiss.