Two cats and a popular Twitter artist helped unite a man and woman over a distance of more than 4,600 miles.
It all started on Twitter – specifically, with an account called “”.poorly drawn catsThe premise of the account is very simple: Artist Heloise Nora uses pictures of people’s cats and draws them. The pictures don’t have a lot of detail, but they are still true to how they actually hold each cat. Huh.
Grant Schroeder was following the account when he decided to try to get 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 she usually does. That’s when Emma Ferguson of the United Kingdom took notice. He 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 – a must follow!” He told NPR.
Schroeder then made it a natural thing to take a look at Ferguson’s profile and see his cats.
“So I messaged him on Twitter saying, ‘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 falling in love with each other.”
Emma Ferguson and Grant Schroeder
FaceTiming was the only way the couple could see each other for the first time as Schroeder lived in Oregon while Ferguson was in Liverpool, England.
The pair finally met in person in January 2020, when Schroeder boarded a plane. He returned a few weeks later. Ferguson had plans to fly to Oregon in May 2020, but by then the coronavirus pandemic and its travel restrictions were in full force. The two finally reunited in August 2021 after a travel delay of over a year.
“We knew from the beginning that we both loved each other and wanted to make this work,” Schroeder said.
The two got engaged last New Year’s Eve and got married on July 24.
“Obviously I had no clue that I was about to find my wife via Twitter, but that’s a weird way to turn things around,” he said.
Ferguson had similar views.
“I just thought I’d get to see her cat posts on my timeline,” she said. “I got so much out of it, and I’m so glad I did.”
Nora said that she is incredibly happy for the couple and the role she has played in connecting them together.
“It’s cool what we can do with the Internet these days,” she said. “I never would have thought that a drawing of a cat would result in a beautiful story.”
The couple now live in Liverpool with two cats, Leighton, “a girl’s 11-year-old angel,” and Phil, a vagabond who has loved his house and his accompanying food and naps, Grant said.
As far as the two Lunas are concerned, Schroeder’s portrayal is much bigger than that and she is living with her parents in Oregon. Luna of Ferguson died after the illness.
The couple said they plan to get a third cat and have already chosen a name – Cheddar.
“They’ll be big and orange and beautiful, we hope,” Schroeder said.