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Man marries his dying cat

The Local · 3 May 2010, 10:10

Published: 03 May 2010 10:10 GMT+02:00

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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.”

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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.

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Your comments about this article

10:39 May 3, 2010 by snorge
Now I've heard everything....
10:53 May 3, 2010 by Portnoy
I'm guessing she didn't survive the consummation during the honeymoon ...
11:23 May 3, 2010 by sungeo
A similar news from South Asia.


This means not only Indians are crazy.
12:32 May 3, 2010 by zzzxtreme
this is such a hiliarious news
13:11 May 3, 2010 by cobalisk
@ Whatzup.

The marriage is not legally recognized so the whole 'slippery slope' argument is ridiculous. Because someone pays an actress to conduct a fake ceremony does nothing but demonstrate mental instability. People have willed their estates to pets, it has nothing to do with society, it is about those people.

Tossing out broad generalizations, smearing homosexuals and implying that the culture tolerates molestation (clearly untrue by the current uproar) from this amusing story is a stretch into the absurd.
16:24 May 3, 2010 by Cronulla
It is a beautiful story. He loves his little cat and not in a sexual way of course.

But his sadness at her imminent passing made him want to show his love for her.

It's a beautiful and sad story and those who don't appreciate it for what it is are hard people who can't be touched by empathy or love.

There's nothing funny about this - it's just sad that the love of his life is leaving him.

My wife and I have two cats and they are as much a part of our family as any human being - they are cherished and loved deeply.

Good luck to you Mr Mitzscherlisch and good luck to your adored companion, Cecilia.
16:24 May 3, 2010 by dcgi
He's only marrying it for all the catnip.
19:51 May 3, 2010 by berlinski
The things people will do for a little pussy.
19:54 May 3, 2010 by whatzup
@ cobalisk

Rather than being "ridiculous" the slippery slope analogy is right on point, the point being that marriage to a cat is the cutting edge of a culture that tolerates gay "marriage" and yawns at child molestation by the clergy (as the CEO of the Catholic Church's continued lack of accountability proves). Stories like this must provide extremists with all the proof they need that the end of western civilization is near. I must say it goes a long way to convince me.

(note to editor) Please do not delete, this posting is not abusive in any way.
21:43 May 3, 2010 by wmm208
Trying to help Germany's irreversible 1.3x fertility rate by marrying your cat is not going to work...Someone help this mentally disturbed man...
03:41 May 4, 2010 by wenddiver
Sad, just sad, om so many levels.
07:19 May 4, 2010 by pmach
This might be a good idea for some of the whack jobs who just can never get a date with anything but an inanimate plastic object....like wmm208 for example. At least the cat breathes and is warm to the touch wmm208.
13:52 May 4, 2010 by carliecutie
In the man's eyes, he sees Cecilia as a life-long companion. Now, when he goes out in public, he can honestly say, "I love my dear wife, Cecilia." We should not think of this "union" as being innapropriate to the point of being perturbed. I doubt the groom sees it this way, and neither should we even consider that he does.
15:49 May 4, 2010 by Berliner Mauer

Uh yah... that would be me. Just so you know, I didn't legally marry the Eiffel Tower. I made a personal commitment... but if it makes you feel normal by doing so... Viel Spaß!

Early UK media sensationalized the story. I only agreed to take part in media to advocate for others who have the same inclination but I have never asked for special privilege and I don't think this man is either.

Though, my intolerance for this case would be if there is harm being caused by either party in the relationship. If the man simply married his cat as a symbol of devotion to his beloved pet, I see no problem... yet this talk of further nuptial actions would indicate something more serious. However, nothing has not been noted in this article to indicate such.

Google "Phänomen Objektliebe - Verheiratet mit dem Eiffel-Turm" for RTL vid
00:43 May 5, 2010 by Prufrock2010
The cat's underage. Only 15. Otherwise I see no impediment to this union.
04:33 May 6, 2010 by DonH
Where does one take his cat / bride on her honeymoon? ha, ha
02:55 May 8, 2010 by Zlik
My cat Here in Manhattan is ok. During Xmas she came down with an illness but AC care center took care, Needless to say my Girlfriend and I were very relieved.. In Berlin, My girlfriend was not home for more than two weeks and Niagra Falls came crashing down upon her Spotless apt. Nuekolln . Yes I know. Freezing and temps and plumbing . My Fear is my cat For these 3 mo. Feels . The care you get.
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