08/06/2014 at 07:45 PM EDT
When we call Goska Zdziechowska a "big cat lady," we're not referring to the size of her love for cats, but rather the size of the cats she loves.
Zdziechowska is a volunteer at the Cheetah Experience in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and has struck up a close relationship with one cat in particular: Eden, whom she describes as one of her best friends.
"She starts to purr when I get close to her and I try to spend as much time as possible with her," Zdziechowska told Storyful.
Cheetahs are some of the friendliest big cats around: They've got a well-documented history
of palling around with dogs in captivity, and there are cases of them living in homes with families
We wonder what the local homeowner association would think of it.