In this WNBA CATWATCH EXCLUSIVE interview, I sent questions to a helpful person from the Lynx front office and they asked Janel those questions and recorded her answers and sent me an mp4 and I transcribed them and posted them here.
I saw you gently stroking a two week old kitten’s paw on Instagram. That’s not a question, just letting you know how jealous I am!
How many cats do you currently have on the farm? I kept scrolling through your Instagram and finding more and more. 6? 7? 8? Can you tell me their names?
We originally started out with one, and that cat’s name was Stoli. And Stoli had babies – [one of] the cats you saw me stroking it’s lil paw.
And I do remember the names, for the most part, if was fun stuff – one was Pumpkin, one was Cookie. I forget them now, it’s been a while… They all have names though.
What’s the most cats you’ve owned at one time?
Are they all barn cats, or do you let them inside ever?
Stoli was an inside cat, but she wanted to get outside one day – and came back two weeks later with babies in her belly. And those are barn cats.
When you return from a long trip away, are you greeted by a casual indifference from your cats like most people?
They have other people there that love them and show them affection, so they’re not too angry with me. But I’m gone for such long times that they probably don’t even know who I am anymore.
Coach Cheryl Reeve is on record as hating cats. You think there’s hope for her to change her mind?
No, usually if Coach has made up her mind about something it stays that way.
Finally, the IRL lynx – cutest paws in the animal kingdom?
I’d have to say yeah. They’re big, fluffy – you don’t really see the Death Talons until they need to be seen. Yeah, they’re cute until they don’t need to be cute no more.
And then you know what a Lynx does.
Janel is currently (probably) the WNBA leader in cats, with eight owned at one time.
It’s not the first time KAT has been seen holding a cat, judging by this still image from a Jumbotron video I spent a week tweet-bugging different members of the Minnesota Timberwolves PR staff about releasing, which they did:
But the recent globetrotting KAT/cat video, published to raise support for Towns’s NBA All-Star campaign, does refer to “KAT and his cat,” prompting readers to question whether that is KAT’s cat.
That is not KAT’s cat.
That cat is named Hunter, and belongs to a staff member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a team source (feels so good to type that phrase!) who also disclosed previously unknown (to me at least) information about Towns’s cat ownership status – “Karl does not currently have a cat, but he did growing up…”
Karl-Athony Towns had a cat growing up!
This explains KAT’s comfort holding Hunter (and the still-unnamed Jumbotron kitten) – notice those giant, yet supportive hands, and the way he holds still-unnamed Jumobotron kitten to his cheek with a sense of familiarity and intimacy.
Karl-Anthony Towns is a cat person. He knows his way around cats.
Points of Further Investigation:
What was the name of KAT’s childhood cat?
Was it cute? Yes it was because all cats are cute.
Here is a picture of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns holding a kitten against his face, from a Jumbotron video that played on 11/25. I had to bug so many people last week to make this happen. Worth the bugging.