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Cats & Artists

Paul Klee compilation cats

A compilation of Cats by Paul Klee

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Cat Charity

Find out more here

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Cats & Authors have moved to their own new page

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Cats and Women

(Thanks for the quote Lorinda)

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Pussy Willow Catkins

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Frothy Coffee Cat Art

Frothy Coffee Cat Art

Visit the Gallery

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Cats in Balletic Pose

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The Cat Who Turned on and off Audio

Misti and the Forg

Misti's Aeroplane

Terry Pratchett Unadulterated Cat

The Amazing Maurice by Terry Pratchett

Patrick Moore Book Cover

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Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell's Portrait on the CP Adoption page

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Cats on Television

Garfield Odie Arlene Pooky

Check out our new page

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Cats the Musical

Cats the Musica Programme front

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Jeremy Irons reads 'Old Possum'

Jeremy Irons reads Old Possum

"The Naming of Cats"

by T.S. Eliot

"The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter --
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover--
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

'Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat'

by T.S. Eliot

There's a whisper down the line at 11:39
When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
We must find him or the train can't start.'
All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
They are searching high and low,
Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
Then the Night Mail just can't go.'
At 11:42 then the signal's nearly due
And the passengers are frantic to a man -
Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
He's been busy in the luggage van!
He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
And we're off at last for the northern part
Of the Northern Hemisphere!

You may say that by and large it is Skimble who's in charge
Of the Sleeping Car Express.
From the driver and the guards to the bagmen playing cards
He will supervise them all, more or less.
Down the corridor he paces and examines all the faces
Of the travellers in the First and in the Third;
He establishes control by a regular patrol
And he'd know at once if anything occurred.
He will watch you without winking and he sees what you are thinking
And it's certain that he doesn't approve
Of hilarity and riot, so the folk are very quiet
When Skimble is about and on the move.
You can play no pranks with Skimbleshanks!
He's a Cat that cannot be ignored;
So nothing goes wrong on the Northern Mail
When Skimbleshanks is aboard.

Oh it's very pleasant when you have found your little den
With your name written up on the door.
And the berth is very neat with a newly folded sheet
And there's not a speck of dust on the floor.
There is every sort of light - you can make it dark or bright;
There's a button that you turn to make a breeze.
There's a funny little basin you're supposed to wash your face in
And a crank to shut the window if you sneeze.
Then the guard looks in politely and will ask you very brightly
'Do you like your morning tea weak or strong?'
But Skimble's just behind him and was ready to remind him,
For Skimble won't let anything go wrong.
And when you creep into your cosy berth
And pull up the counterpane,
You are bound to admit that it's very nice
To know that you won't be bothered by mice -
You can leave all that to the Railway Cat,
The Cat of the Railway Train!

In the middle of the night he is always fresh and bright;
Every now and then he has a cup of tea
With perhaps a drop of Scotch while he's keeping on the watch,
Only stopping here and there to catch a flea.
You were fast asleep at Crewe and so you never knew
That he was walking up and down the station;
You were sleeping all the while he was busy at Carlisle,
Where he greets the stationmaster with elation.
But you saw him at Dumfries, where he summons the police
If there's anything they ought to know about:
When you get to Gallowgate there you do not have to wait -
For Skimbleshanks will help you to get out!
He gives you a wave of his long brown tail
Which says: 'I'll see you again!
You'll meet without fail on the Midnight Mail
The Cat of the Railway Train.'

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Meet a real 'Skimbleshanks' called 'Felix' (and she's a girl) here

Felix Fb portrait

and has her own Fb page too!

Felix the Cat book

From Waterstone's website:

When Felix arrived at Yorkshire's Huddersfield Train Station as an eight-week-old kitten, no one knew just how important this little ball of fluff would become.

Although she has a vital job to do as 'Senior Pest Controller', Felix is much more than just an employee of Trans Penni ne Express. Felix changes lives in surprising ways.

She is always ready to leap into action and save the day: from bringing a boy with autism out of his shell to providing comfort to a runaway child shivering on the platform one night. So when tragedy hits the team at Huddersfield, it is only Felix who can pull them back together.

But a chance friendship with a commuter that she waits for on the platform every morning finally gives Felix the recognition she deserves, catapulting her to international stardom...

And on top of all that Felix is also doing her bit for charity - Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK

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Fancy that!

Christmas Card Cat

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Postman Pat - The Song:

Postman Pat and Jess the Cat

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Cats in Advertising

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More about Black Cat Day

How to Celebrate Black Cat Day

How you decide to celebrate this will depend on how you answer the following questions: firstly, do you have a cat? Secondly, if you don’t have a cat, would you like to and are you ready to have one? And thirdly, if you answered no to the previous two questions, what can you do to celebrate this special animal? If you have a cat, especially a black one, today is the day to make it feel extra special. We are all so busy with their lives nowadays that we often forget to show give our pets back a some of the love they give us on a daily basis. So buy your cat a new toy or a tasty treat and spend the afternoon playing tug-of-war or rubbing its belly—nobody knows how to enjoy the little things in life like animals do. If you’ve been thinking about getting a cat of your own and have the time to take proper care of it, maybe today should be the day you welcome a furry feline into your life? Animals shelters are always bursting at the seams with both kittens and older cats who need a human of their own and a warm cosy bed and black cats are less likely to get adopted than other cats, so what are you waiting for? If you are willing to spend a bit of money, you can also buy a black kittenbreeds such as the Bombay are solid black and known to be playful and affectionate. And even if you can’t have a cat due to allergies or other reasons, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate this day! Making a small donation to your local animal shelter can help countless felines and get you in good with the cats of this world…you know, just in case they really do have magic powers.

Source : Days of the Year

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The Cat Alphabet by Louis Wain

Cat Alphabet by Louis Wain Letter A

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The Cat / Crow Debate

By Martha Cliff for MailOnline |Published: 29th October 2018 | Updated: 29th October 2018

Is it a crow or a cat? Optical illusion goes viral after confusing the internet - so can you work out what's going on?

Twitter user Robert Maguire shared the ambiguous image over the weekend
The image appears to show the side profile of a crow on a tiled floor
Tweet has received over 100,000 likes and hundreds of comments
Many pointed out the similarities between the image and the duck and rabbit illusion by Wittgenstein.

A photograph has gone viral on Twitter as netizens struggle to work out what they are seeing. The image, shared by Twitter user Robert Maguire, appears to show the side profile of a crow on a tiled floor. However, as Robert points out this isn't the case. Captioning the image he wrote: 'This picture of a crow is interesting because... it's actually a cat.' And taking a closer look at the image it is clear that it is a black cat looking up at the camera with its ear replicating the bird's beak.

The image has since amassed more than 100,000 likes as fellow Twitter users to struggle to work out what they are looking at. Commenting on the photo one equally confused follower wrote: 'I had to do a double take'. Agreeing another added: 'My mind is officially blown.' One shared a screen grab of their reverse Google image search which identified the snap as an image of an 'American crow'. Several pointed out the image's resemblance to Wittgenstein's duck and rabbit optical illusion.

The ambiguous image, created by philosopher, can either be interpreted as a duck or a rabbit dependent on how the viewer looks at it. According to a recent study, what we see in the image is reflective of our mindset. If you see only a duck or a rabbit, but cannot see a combination of both animals, you might actually be more gullible than you realise. Assistant professor Kyle Mathewson from the University of Alberta discovered those taking part in his study struggled to see a rabbit in the duck's mouth without a pointer. The academic claims this is evidence of how the brain struggles to interpret information if it's presented without context, according to his paper published in the journal Perception. He goes on to say that if you struggle to see both animals in the image you are more likely to fall for fake news, because you are more likely to believe what you see without considering the greater context.

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What if your favourite artists from history were cats?

1.Frida Kahlo

2.Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali Pin

3.Pablo Picasso

4.Vincent Van Gogh

5.Henri Matisse

6.Roy Litchenstein

7.Georgia O'Keeffe

8.Wassily Kandinsky

Kandinsky Pin

9. Yayoi Kasama

Kasama Pin

10. David Hockney

David Hockney Pin

11. Meowdrian

Mondrian Pin

12. Barbara Catworth

"I have created a series of work based on famous artists, Frida Catlo, Salvador Catli, Pablo Picatso and Vincent van Gogh. So far I have created greetings cards, prints, tote bags and eight enamel pin designs based on the above." Nia Gould

(Full set can be viewed here)

KITTY WARHOL

Andy Warhol Cat Pin

To call Andy Warhol a “cat person” would be an understatement. The ever-quotable Pop artist openly proclaimed his love for money, fame, and beauty—but in a Lexington Avenue apartment where he was once rumored to live with his mother and 25 felines, there seems to have been little contest to cats.

Warhol’s collection of cats began when he feared his single cat named Hester would grow lonely. After bringing home an additional cat, named Sam, the two began a family—eventually reaching 25, each of whom Warhol gave the same name.

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Some Human Silliness!

Wedding Cats

After the beep, enter your cat's maiden name

The greeter at the summer garden party couldn't have been more welcoming. 'how can we help you?' she said. 'Got a question?'
'No' I said. 'I've just come for the party.'
'Just give us your Frequently Asked Question or KEYWORD,' she replied, 'and we'll return the relevant answer. We're all about giving back.'
'Actually,' I said, 'I don't have any questions today, thank you.'
'Confused?' she said. 'Find out more by giving us your password! That way, we can all do our bit to help the environment.'
'Bbbut I don't have a password.' 'Forgotten your password?' 'I never had one.' 'Then we'll provide you with a new password.' 'But I never had one.' 'What was your grandmother's maiden name? What was the name of your first pet? What was your second pet's grandmother's fourth password?'
It was the annual summer party for the Institute for Internet Irritants, sponsored by Virgin. Behind me, the queue was growing longer.
'I really just want to get into the party,' I said. 'Unhappy? Tell us why.' 'No, I'm not unhappy.' 'Awesome! What are you getting in touch about? Inquiry? Complaint? Feedback? Something else?' 'None of them, thank you.' 'These required fields are mandatory.'
For some reason, I often experience trouble getting into the Institute for Internet Irritants' Summer Party. But yesterday, after ten minutes of toing and froing, I was admitted to the first room, where my path was cut off by another greeter.
'We want to make sure you're feeling TOTALLY AWESOME when you arrive,' she said, 'and that's why we're inviting you to TAKE OUR SURVEY! That way, you can let us know all about your greeting experience. We welcome your feedback!'
'To be honest, I'd rather not complete a survey. I'd really just prefer to get into the party, if that's possible.'
'It only takes two minutes of your time, and then you'll be entered into a PRIZE DRAW — your chance to win an invitation to our summer party!'
'But I've already got one,' I snapped. 'That's why I'm here!'
'Unhappy? Tell us why! Your complaint is important to us.'
'It's just that I've been invited to this party — and now I'm not being let in.'
'Forgotten your password? Let us know!'
It was only another 20 minutes before I somehow managed to get into the party. A host came to welcome me.
'Join the conversation!' he said. 'Get to know us! We are passionate about being a responsible summer party that treats people with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate slavery, human trafficking or discrimination. They have no place at our party.'
'Fair enough!' I replied. 'Actually, could you tell me where I could find a drink?' Suddenly, my host stood stock still, with no expression on his face. At this point, I noticed a little ball above his head, spinning round and round. 'Apologies,' said an assistant. 'he's buffering. Oops!'
After two minutes, my host recovered. 'Join the conversation!' he repeated. 'Thank you very much,' I said. 'And I'd love a drink, too.' 'Register now to find the drink best suited to your needs: a flexidrink, a VIP drink, a super offpeak drink, an advanced leisure drink, an anytime drink, a . . .'
'I just want a drink!' I whimpered.
'how can we help you? Got a question? It'll only take a second!'
After no more than five minutes, my request had registered. But the questions were far from over.
'Do you want a glass or similar container with your drink? This service is on special offer for a supersaver VIP fee of just £4.25. And for just £17.50, we guarantee no other guests will drink out of your very own designated glass. Awesome!'
I felt these options were unusual, until I discovered that this side of the party was sponsored by Ryanair.
Just under £30 later, I was ready to join the conversation. I approached one of the hosts. 'Lovely party,' I said. 'Oops,' he replied. 'You have used up your conversational quota for this month. Register to continue. Forgotten your password?'

Source : Scottish Daily Mail 31 May 2018 Craig Brown

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Welcome to our Home Page for the Cats we have known
Those we have heard of or shared time with -
This area is reserved for cats, about cats - just cats!
For those not yet in the know, cats have .....

Cattitude

"Cattitude"

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A day in the life of a cat - now what?

Yes, they certainly do have 'Cattitude' - image sourced from icanhascheezburger.com

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St. Gertrude of Nivelles - Patron Saint of Cats

Did you know that Cats have their own designated patron saint? Yes, they do and she shares 17th March with St. Patrick as their official celebration date.

St Gertrude with Mice

Unattributed portrait of St. Gertrude mice) circa 1530

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An Irreverent 'Ode to Cat'

On the first day of creation, God created the cat.
On the second day, God created man to serve the cat.
On the third, God created all the animals of the earth
to serve as potential food for the cat.
On the fourth day, God created honest toil
so that man could labour for the good of the cat.
On the fifth day, God created the sparkle ball
so that the cat might or might not play with it.
On the sixth day, God created veterinary science
to keep the cat healthy and the man broke.
On the seventh day, God tried to rest, but he had to scoop the litter box.

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1871 - The inaugural Championship Cat Show

 Fulmer Zaida, an early champion cat

Cats were viewed as pest-controllers by Victorians until cat shows were started to show breeds, pictured Fulmer Zaida, an early champion cat born in 1895 that won over 150 prizes! Read full article here

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Hug your Cat day - 4th June

Simon's Cat Hug Day

Didn't know about this one - so thank you Simon Tofeild!

National Black Cat Day - 27th October

National Black Cat Day

In an attempt to dispel the myth that Black Cats are unlucky - 27th October (annually) is designated National Black Cat Day

Nothing is quite as elegant as a black catlike a miniature Amazonian jaguar, they doze atop the highest point in the area, waking for several hours daily to prowl around hunting for a tasty morsel. But black cats and kittens are often overlooked when animal shelters are looking for new homes, and can be at the shelter much longer than they should be. So why is this?

The History of Black Cat Day

Interestingly, cats in ancient Egypt were revered highly, partly due to their ability to combat vermin such as mice, rats. Cats of royalty were known to be dressed in golden jewelry and were allowed to eat right off their owners’ plates. The goddess of warfare was a woman with the head of a cat named Bastet. These days, however, black cats are often are seen as unlucky or mischievous, but not everyone knows why that is. In Celtic mythology, it was believed that fairies could take the form of black cats, and therefore their arrival to a home or village was seen as sign of good luck. Unfortunately, the Pilgrims that came after them were devoutly religious and fearful of anything remotely related to the pagan beliefs of their ancestors, and it was because of that fear that black cats went from being seen as the vessels of fairies to the vessels of witches and demons. At that time it became common practice to severely punish those who kept black cats as pets, and even kill the animals themselves. Although these days nobody really believes black cats are witches or demons in disguise anymore, they are still often seen as signs of bad luck by many people in the West.

Source : Days of the Year

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April (1st) - 2019 - R.I.P. Sir Toby Toblerone

Memorial from Toby's Fb Page

"This is the hardest post I will ever have to make. Our beautiful boy Toby passed away just before 10am this morning. He was fine 1 minute and then just died. Me and Steve are in shock and completely heartbroken. I don't really know what else to say right now but our lives will never be the same again. Thank you to every single 1 of you for your love and support and for being Toby's friend. He was a very lucky boy to have you all care about him so much. I'm not sure when I'll be back on the page to reply to comments.... we just need some time to grieve. We loved him so much and we were honoured to be his mum and dad." - In his Mum and Dad's own words.

April (1st) - 2019

Confirmation of Daily Mail's  No. 10 April Fool article about Larry the Cat

Yes we did!

Narrative to support the April Fool's Day 2019 story about Larry the cat

Two big 'giveaways' - the 'mysterious' appearance of a cat flap and the 'Spokesman Lisa Loporf' one of many anagrams of April Fools

february 2019 - The 'Anna' Card

A business account 'like no other' they say!

Anna Business Card

'Absolutely No Nonsense Admin' (ANNA)

But here's a dilemma - should this feature on this Cat page, or should it be part of 'About me' or even in the Arts section? Or maybe all three? Watch this space!

february 2019 - A book chronicling A History of Art in 21 Cats: From the Old Masters to the Modernists, the Moggy as Muse

A History of Art in 21 Cats an illustrated guide

December 2018 - A Book dedicated to Authors & their cats

Authors and their cats book

Nice to see a book about Authors and their cats - I introduced a dedicated page to this subject some time ago on discovering the numbers of authors who favour cats! Their esteem and standing in the literary world is legion!

October 2018 - Is it a Cat or a Crow? Another viral Internet conundrum

Cat or Crow

This photograph has gone viral on Twitter as users struggle to work out whether they are looking at a crow or a cat - dialogue and image sourced from the Daily Mail

September 2018 - Postman Pat & Jess - 'You filled my childhood with so many happy memories'

By Lara Keay and Chris Dyer For Mailonline |Published: 27th September 2018 | Updated: 27th September 2018

Postman Pat and his black and white cat

Mr Cunliffe lived in Kendal, the Lake District, for much of life, which served as inspiration for the villages Postman Pat (pictured with cat Jess) served - dialogue and image sourced from the Daily Mail

- Postman Pat and Rosie and Jim creator John Cunliffe dies aged 85 sparking wave of heartbreak from children and adults
- Writer John Cunliffe created Postman Pat which debuted on the BBC in 1981
- Wrote and starred in children's TV show Rosie and Jim who lived on a canal boat
- He died last Thursday in his home town of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, aged 85
- Tributes have flooded in with many fans saying he was 'part of their childhood'

Postman Pat and Jess

Image courtesy & © of Dreamworks Animation

September 2018 - 'FUR-NOMENAL!'

Cat that balances dice on his paw … and other bizarre record breakers

Daily Mail 6th September 2018 by David Wilkes

Bibi the record breaking

So here's Bibi the 'fur-nomnal' record-breaking cat balancing 10 dice on his paw! "The most dice stacked on a cat's paw is 10, and was achieved by Bibi and his owner L C Siew (both Malaysia) in Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia, on June 18, 2017" Source : Daily Mail - image sourced from mogaznews.com

Forget the first four-minute mile, the fastest car or even the world's longest beard. To get into the record books today, you have to stretch the boundaries of the human imagination as well as physical endurance. So the latest list includes a fire-eating acrobat, a speedy sausage maker … and a cat that can balance a tower of dice on his paw. All make it into Guinness World Records 2019, alongside a skipping dog, a rocket man and a six-legged robot. Bibi the black and white moggy triumphs in what is surely one of the most bizarre categories – most dice stacked on a cat's paw. He managed to balance ten. His owner apparently discovered the three-year-old's talent by accident. Bibi became an internet star after videos were posted online of him barely batting a whisker while the dice were stacked on his rear paw as he reclined on a bed at home in Selangor, Malaysia.

Paw-some! Magical moggy can balance NINE dice on his out-stretched leg or grip a tower of playing cards between his claws

The Furnomenal Cat Bibi and his dice

By MailOnline Reporter Published: 1st May 2017 | Updated: 1st May 2017

- The patient cat manages to balance the precariously-placed dice
- In another video it's filmed with a full house of playing cards in its paws
- The videos, which originated on Chinese social media, have been a viral hit

An adorable cat has proven an internet hit with his seemingly 'magical' ability to balance dice on its paws. The moggy is filmed standing perfectly still as it balances nine precariously-placed dice on its paw. It looks completely nonplussed as the owner stacks more and more. But it's not just dice where the moggy proves a magician - it also manages to hold a stack of cards between its paws. The owner has placed what appears to be a card pyramid between the cats legs - which the feline holds in place while leaning back.

In another video the cat holds a full deck of spade playing cards while his owner stacks dice on its other paw. In typical cat-fashion the animal looks distinctly nonchalant as the owner puts seven dice on the edge of its paw. In fact, it looks like it's about to fall asleep. It's unclear where exactly the footage was originally shot, but it was first uploaded on Chinese social media. The cat has proven a popular viral hit on image hosting and social media sites. Source : Daily Mail

July 2018 - World Cup

Gladstone, the resident Chief Mouser of HM Treasury at Whitehall, sports a tweed waistcoat in support of England
Image of Gladstone courtesy of Twitter and dialogue as used in the Daily Mail

May 2018 - Sitting Pretty!

To read the remarkable story behind this picture visit the Daily Mail

8 Cats Feeding on the Stairs

The eight cats pictured in near-perfect symmetry as they feast on their supper on each step of the stairs - image sourced from the Daily Mail article © Lorraine Playle

Copy cats! Mother-of-four manages to persuade all eight of her beloved moggies to pose for the camera on the stairs at dinner time

- Lorraine Playle decided to take the remarkable snap after seeing a friend's effort 
- Her eight cats, Ashton, Cleo, Garfield, Ghost, Ted, Sooty, Boo and Ned, took part
- The mother-of-four roped in her husband Andy to help get them into the shot 

By Richard Marsden for the Daily Mail | Published: 23:32, 15 May 2018 | Updated: 00:13, 16 May 2018

Amateur photographer Lorraine Playle thought she was the cat’s whiskers after pulling off this snap. The mother-of-four – no stranger to juggling matters of a domestic nature – managed to persuade all eight of her beloved moggies to pose for the camera on her stairs. The true copy cats lining up by their food bowls are Ashton, Cleo, Garfield, Ghost, Ted, Sooty, Boo and Ned. All are aged between six months and ten years old. Mrs Playle had the idea for the picture after seeing one that had been taken by a friend – but that photograph involved only a mere three felines.

Her husband Andy, 43, an estate agent, said: ‘My wife had the idea to try it out herself and thought she could do better. ‘It came off at the first attempt. The trickier part was getting all eight cats inside the house at the same time. ‘My wife had made a couple of practice attempts but those only involved a small number of the cats. The picture was taken the first time she tried it with all eight.’ As well as their cats, Mr and Mrs Playle share their home in Ashford, Kent, with two dogs (an American Staffordshire bull terrier and a long-haired Jack Russell) and two guinea pigs – plus four children, including three teenagers. They also have two horses and a Shetland pony at stables nearby. Mr Playle said the new feeding positions have caught on with the cats. ‘They used to feed in the hallway but now think it’s normal to stand on the steps waiting for their food – just like in the photograph,’ he said. Anita Kelsey, a cat behaviour expert, said the secret to the shot was simple. She said: ‘Cats will go where the food is.’ Let’s hope the Playles’ dogs and horses don’t get the same idea...

March 2018 - LittleJohn!

Littlejohn

Littlejohn, the man who lampoons the world mercilessly (including the NDPA when we came into being) picked up on the, shall we say slightly imprudent, comments made by the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home when a prospective fosterer was refused a cat 'because his home was considered too small'. Apparently the absence of a separate room for the cat was the obstacle. The fact that the fosterer took pains to explain that there was a secluded and fenced off sizeable garden was not deemed appropriate. In all this is such a sad indictment of our times, Littlejohn is right and wrong to poke fun as charities, especially animal charities which have difficulty enough in surviving and helping all the animals that need help. He is right to highlight and ridicule the ruling but he is wrong on so many levels to state "But since when have cats needed their own room? Most of them spend all night on the tiles, so why would they care?" which is completely against the guidelines of responsible charities such as Cats Protection and is just an old wives tale when all is said and done - but then personally, I'm not sure you can call this man a champion of cats as he finishes the article but referring to a cartoon cat, namely 'Top Cat' being so unfussy he lived in a dustbin - obviously Littlejohn has not been watching the recent Halifax Building Society adverts for mortgages!

Still from Halifax mortgage ad

Still from Halifax mortgage ad

Halifax Top Cat Billboard ad

Stills from the Halifax advert as promoted in the Daily Mail (Littlejohn's paper)

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March 2018 - Cats only upstairs!

Owner keeps her dog away from her beloved moggy by creating an elaborate system of ramps that's too tricky for the German Shepherd

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The Lovely Simba

Simba resting after her exertions - images courtesy of the Daily Mail

Pet lovers across the world will be familiar with the problem of their cats and dogs not always getting on. But one clever animal lover has come up with an ingenious solution to keep his warring pets under control – by installing a cat flap on his home's second floor. Marcin Telus, 47, cut a hole in the wall of his property in Edinburgh for the plastic flap and made a cat ladder out of shelves and wooden jumping blocks. Read the full story here

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2018 - Chimera Cat

Chimera Cat

Image courtesy & © of Caters News Agency / Pictures by Jean-Michel Labat

Meet the adorable two-faced cat

This adorable cat can be forgiven for being two-faced thanks to her perfectly split facial fur, which is thought to have different DNA on each side. The striking moggy has a light grey and black face separated down the centre with an almost flawless line. Her unique markings are extremely rare and are thought to be the result of two embryos fusing together  – the merging of two nonidentical twins. Source : Caters News | Read more

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2017 - Wartime Police Station Recreated

Contender for 'Shed of the Year'

A shed recreated as a wartime Police Station

Barry Anscomb-Moon, from Cambridgeshire, poses for a photograph inside his shed, which is based around the idea of a war-time police station - image courtesy & © of the Press Association

What I liked about this is that puss had her own mat in front of the 2-bar electric fire in this recreation. For more about the story visit the Daily Mail website but I shall be keeping my fingers crossed that this is the winner!

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Here are some stars of history, ('famous owners' have moved to their own page) and not so famous owners, literature, stage, screen and internet who have made their (paw)mark on their own merit:

2014 - Children's TV Favourites feature two cats on Royal Mail stamps

Bagpuss Stamp Postman Pat stamp

Set of Stamps featuring TV favourites

Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme kicks-off 2014 with an issue that celebrates over 60 years of Classic Children’s TV.

12 of the most popular characters from children’s television are included in the set. The full line-up features Andy Pandy, Ivor the Engine, Dougal - from The Magic Roundabout, Windy Miller - from Camberwick Green, Mr Benn, Great Uncle Bulgaria - from The Wombles, Bagpuss, Paddington Bear, Postman Pat, Bob the Builder, Peppa Pig and Shaun the Sheep.

2014 will mark the 40th anniversary of Bagpuss first appearing on TV. The saggy cloth cat is continually cited as one of the most favourite British children’s TV character of all time. The year will also mark the 50th anniversary of The Magic Roundabout. The prolific British animator Ivor Wood created Dougal, one of the show’s memorable characters, who also ranks highly in people’s affections. Wood also went on to animate Paddington Bear and Postman Pat for TV. Each decade since the 1950s is represented in this issue. Even the older programmes have been frequently repeated and new series created of them. Such is the popularity of these characters, that 2014 will see the films ‘Postman Pat: The Movie’ and ‘Paddington’ hit the big-screen at cinemas nationwide.
2015 will see a return to television for The Wombles and a new CGI series giving them a high-tech makeover. Many of these shows have acquired cult status, and while intended for a young audience, they also attract devoted adult fans. Such was the attraction of The Magic Roundabout that, when, in 1967 it was moved to an earlier timeslot, the BBC received complaints from the programme’s adult fans who could not get home in time from work to watch the show.

Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail Stamps, said: “For over 60 years, Britain’s children’s TV characters have brought cheer to generations of viewers. More importantly it has presented us with a cast of characters that, like the memories of the programmes themselves, remain with us throughout our lives. ”It feels appropriate to celebrate all of these unforgettable characters on a set of very special stamps.”

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Henry is 137 - Is he the world's oldest cat?

Full story - Daily Mail

A devoted pet owner is trying to have her cat officially recognised as the oldest in the world. Sally Brown, 48, of West Earlham, Norwich, claims her beloved short-haired cat Henry is 30 - four years older than the current record holder, a tabby from Oregon called Corduroy. The self-confessed 'mad cat lady' has launched a campaign to have Henry named in the Guinness Book of World Records. 

Ms Brown added said she is throwing herself into the record race to raise awareness of the animal groups she work with, and to encourage people to be responsible cat owners.  A Guinness World Records spokeswoman said Ms Brown would need a vet to prove the age, along with pictures and videos taken throughout the decades, before Henry can be officially recognised.  The average life expectancy for cats is 15 years. The oldest cat ever recorded was Creme Puff from Texas, who died in 1967 aged a stunning 38. 

Henry the Cat

Record breaker? Owner Sally Brown with pet Henry, who she claims is the world's oldest cat at 30 years old
Image courtesy of © of Archant via Daily Mail

Corduroy (holder of the Record) begs to differ!

Corduroy the Cat

Title holder: 26-year-old Corduroy, who lives with his owner in Oregon, is the current record holder -
Image courtesy of © of Guinness World Records via Daily Mail

Let's not forget Spike!

Although the Daily Mail link no longer exists, the Daily Telegraph did do a follow-up which lists most popular species of pet as well as Spike

Spike, a ginger and white tom, died two months after his 31st birthday in July 2001 - making him the world's oldest cat. He was bought for two shillings and sixpence in London's Brick Lane market in 1970 and nearly died at the age of 19 when he was attacked by a dog. Spike's owners, from Bridport in Devon, used to put aloe vera gel into his cat food. Source : Daily Telegraph

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Neighbours everybody loves good neighbours ........

Neighbours Ramsay Street Sign

The famous street sign heralding the start of Australian soap opera 'Neighbours' accompanied by the globally known signature tune.

How lovely to see screen heart-throb Scott McGregor practically chewing his cat's ear off in a show of affection (which he posted on Instagram)! Puss also shared the limelight in the image taken when Scott announced his engagement!

Scott McGregor Engagement

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NCIS's Tony diNozzo - Rumbled!

In an episode entitled 'Charade' from Season 13 of the popular NCIS series - Abbi Sciuto rumbles Tony's secret passion or is it? We haven't had the episode over in the UK yet (07.04.2016) but I have been told it is a 'chick magnet' ploy - well done Tony you never change!

Tony and Cat

Abby and diNozzo NCIS

Image courtesy and © of CBS

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Cats - on their own merit

Atchoum - Internet Sensation

Atchoum Atchoum and newspaper article

Atchoum Hairy but not scary Atchoum in tie

Atchoum states he's ''hairy not scary' - most people just find him adorable. Thank you to Atchoum's Fan for the images on his Fb page

From Atchoum's website : "Soon after being adopted it was discovered I have a very rare congenital condition called hypertricosis (also known as werewolf syndrome). It's less scary than it sounds. It means I have a hormonal condition that causes fast and continual hair growth and the thickening of my claws. My claws were growing so large and fast, it was unsafe and I had to be declawed. I also have tiny teeth but that doesn't stop me from eating well.  I'm well cared for by a veterinarian who will monitor my health. Since I am the only cat known to have this condition, is unknown how it will progress. Life is good. I feel good and I believe we need to enjoy every day."

Bagpuss - 40th Anniversary - 2016

Bagpuss

Image courtesy and © of Caters News Agency

Bagpuss has now retired to the Rupert Bear Museum in Canterbury, part of the Museum of Canterbury, together with other characters from the show and Emily's shop window. Most of the stories and songs used in the series are based on folk songs and fairy tales from around the world. In 1987 the University of Kent at Canterbury awarded honorary degrees to Postgate and Firmin. In his speech, Postgate stated that the degree was really intended for Bagpuss, who was subsequently displayed in academic dress.

In 1999 the series came first in a BBC poll selecting the nation's favourite children's show. It also came fourth in the 2001 Channel 4 poll The 100 Greatest Kids' TV shows.

Bertrum Thumbcat

Bertram ThumbcatStar of Facebook (Fb to those in the know). This cat has thumbs! Did you know that cats have thumbs? That they might develop thumbs? Blame Cravendale for this discovery! I'm not afraid of the end of the world predicted sometime soon (today being 21.05.2011) but I am afraid, very afraid of Tinkerbell ever developing thumbs!

Back to Bertrum - from the Cravendale site 'Bertrum is a cat with thumbs. And plans. Big plans. He uses his thumbs to post daily updates, photos and general musings on Facebook and Twitter. He's a pro-active genius, trapped in the body of a cat. His interests include chess, cricket, martial arts (traditional), and world domination.' - Off course he is!

Importantly his birthdate is 10th March 2006 and his personal biography states 'My forebears have helped sailors navigate their the Atlantic and been companions to great thinkers, politicians and writers, like, Isaac Newton, Winston Churchill and Earnest Hemingway. Hemingway, in fact, was a true friend to many polydactyl cats, an evolutional leap to which I am proud to belong. Yes, I have thumbs. And plans. Brilliant plans.' On a personal level he thinks of himself s a 'Domestic cat, adopted at a young age by (and still living with) Helen, a delightful woman of some intellect and very pleasant character, and her boyfriend, who is a recent acquisition. Has a name. Not sure what it is.'

That will do for Bertrum, but he will feature in several images as he obviously has a very clever and imaginative IT contact!

The Bookshop Cat

Kitty Shakespeare Shop Cat

From the Shakespeare& Co. on 8th September 2015 - "We are very, very sad to announce that Kitty, our much-adored big white cat, passed away this morning. The shop will not be the same without him. Thank you for all the love you've shown him over the years." - Photo by Laura Stevens

Shakespeare Je suis Charlie

A beautiful venue sharing a tragic moment at the start of January 2015

Not any old shop let me tell you but the world-renowned 'Shakespeare & Co.' in Paris (France). The shop has always had cats who look after the premises and find the best seats - yes, it's a bookshop where you can sit down and browse books - yes browse books, it's a description that came way before the internet grabbed it for its own use! (Smiley face!)

Cat(s) in Space

Yes, seriously - another not such nice topic, but happily Félicette survived. A full and comprehensive record of her life and eventual sacrifice can he found here

Surviving Cat in Space Felicette Felicette - Space Cat

"La carte édité par le CERMA porte l'indication suivante : Merci pour votre participation à nos succès du 18 octobre 1963." (From the website which remembers 'France's forgotten heroes')

The British press of the time called her the 'Astrocat'; but at some point and from an unknown source — possibly journalists — she gained the name Félicette.

Death Row Cats

Prisoner CatI

I know how that sounds but the Death Row refers to inmates who are given cats to look after - details to follow in the meantime some information can be found here and here and here

The Downing Street Cats & Battles

Humphrey & Larry at No. 10

We'll Start with Humphrey. Who else could knock on the door of No. 10 and gain admittance?

Humphrey of Downing Street Humphrey at the Door

Humphrey with Police Officer Escort

Then there's Larry who likes to walk the corridors of power or should that be tables of power?

Larry Portrait

Wearing his swanky Union Jack Bow-Tie to celebrate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Larry dressed to kill Larry on desks of power

Checking everything is in order - proper order and taking the opportunity of a photo shoot of course!

Larry close-up

Thanks to the Daily Mail for the story of Larry's patriotism and image © of Steve Back

Larry the Downing Street Cat article

After Palmerston's claim to top mousing, Larry has decided to defend his Britishness in the wake of Brexit!

He's obviously feline the benefits of post-Brexit Britain. Number 10 cat Larry was spotted with a new collar yesterday featuring a union flag pattern. The Downing Street mouse catcher was treated to the patriotic gift over the festive period – most likely a present from a civil servant. Source: Daily Mail

Palmerston resides at no. 11

Palmerston no. 11 cat on the prowl

Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat, has proved to be Westminster's top mouser 

The current occupant of Number 10 has been cast as ineffective by a rival at the Foreign Office who is trying to prove he has a killer instinct and what it takes to be number one. However, this is not a tale of a power struggle between Theresa May and Boris Johnson but a feline proxy war which has allowed the Foreign Secretary to get one over on the Prime Minister. Mr Johnson looks certain to have secured Whitehall bragging rights after it was revealed Palmerston, the FCO’s resident mouser, has caught at least 27 mice since his arrival in Westminster in April 2016.

Palmerston’s prolific record is likely to heap further pressure on the performance of Larry, the Number 10 cat, who was pictured earlier this year playing with a mouse before allowing it to escape in a clear dereliction of his duties.

Portrait of Palmerston

Palmerston was introduced to the Foreign Office a year ago Credit: Steve Back / Barcroft Images via the Telegraph

Documents released under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws show Palmerston, named after former foreign secretary and two-time prime minister Viscount Palmerston, caught almost 30 mice since he came from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. But volunteers who look after the black-and-white cat claim that figure is "likely to be much higher". The FOI request also reveals that Palmerston is "usually" fed Whiskas, although much of his food is donated meaning he enjoys a variety of brands. The FCO said it was unable to provide details of the cost of Palmerston's care but added the bill was met voluntarily by staff. Read more here

Newspaper cutting 4th September Palmerston

Cat Fight in Downing Street

Cat Fight in Downing Street - read all about it here (Daily Telegraph) and here (Daily Mail) - image courtesy & © of Steve Back

Press Reader variation of the Downing Street Tails

The illustration (no credit given either in the Daily Telegraph Magazine or PressReader see link below) is too nice not to use so here it is and the second paragraph is also cat-friendly :

"And then there is that black door with '10' on it, which has framed me daily since I became ITN's political editor (thank goodness for the solace offered by Larry the cat).

Portrait of Larry on the railings

Downing Street tails article header featuring Larry

Telegraph Magazine article entitled Down Street Tails

Images and Telegraph Magazine Article available on PressReader - no source given for the illustration

Felix - A 'Railway' Cat

Felix in her hi-viz jacket and name tag

Felix in her hi-viz uniform and official name tag to safely perform her duties - image courtesy & © of Charlotte Graham/Guzelian

'Among a litany of feline stars emerging in 2016, on the slate-grey platforms of Huddersfield train station, a new panjandrum emerged: Felix. The ‘senior pest controller’ has become a global sensation; fans from as far away as China have visited the West Yorkshire station in a bid to take a selfie with the black-and-white moggy, and she now has some 100,000 devoted Facebook followers to her name.

“I’ve just seen her, she’s asleep on the photocopier tray,” Andrew McClements, a former team leader at the station, tells me from Huddersfield’s platform one. “We’ll not bother her for now. She’ll come out when she’s good and ready.” In her six years of employment, Felix has risen to become not only the most popular staff member on the TransPennine Express (TPE) team, but arguably the town’s most famous draw. Her success is so vast that she has now been given a book deal. McClements describes Felix’s success as “pretty mad”; he is one of around 10 people in Felix’s support team, who have recently been fielding interview requests from the likes of the BBC and Japanese television networks.'- what an introduction! - read more here or on-line

Ship's Cats

Cat on board ship

Not some 1930s secret weapon ‘Cat-a-pult’ but the Captain’s cat in one of the 8 inch gun barrels of the cruiser HMS Cornwall. The question is, how did she get there – and how did she get down again?

Churchill with Cat Winston Churchill

In 1941 Winston Churchill is photographed petting the ship’s cat aboard HMS Prince of Wales, after which the cat was renamed Churchill. Picture: Getty Images

More about Ship's Cats : Cats at War: A History Of Felines On The Ocean Waves

 Ship's cat on HMAS Encounter during World War I

Ship's cat on HMAS Encounter during World War I

Cat in Hammock

'Convoy' was the ship's cat aboard HMS Hermione. He was so named because of the number of times he accompanied the ship on convoy escort duties. Convoy was listed in the ship's book and provided with a full kit, including a tiny hammock in which he slept. He was killed along with 87 of his crew mates when Hermione was torpedoed and sunk on 16 June 1942 by German submarine U-205 - Images courtesy & © of howlingpixel.com

From howlingpixel.com : 'The ship's cat has been a common feature on many trading, exploration, and naval ships dating to ancient times. Cats have been carried on ships for many reasons, most importantly to catch mice and rats. These vermin aboard a ship can cause damage to ropes, woodwork, and more recently, electrical wiring. Also, rodents threaten ships' stores, devour crews' foodstuff, and could cause economic damage to ships' cargo such as grain.* They are also a source of disease, which is dangerous for ships that are at sea for long periods of time. Notably, rat fleas are carriers of plague, and rats on ships were believed to be a main spreader of the Black Death.' - read in full here

*Think 'The Trouble with Tribbles' - classic 'Star Trek' episode!

Simon's Cat

Simons Cat LogoSimon's Cat has his own web-site and features in a series of short videos which Simons Cat as a dandelionare recognisable to everyone who has ever 'owned' (sorry that is probably a bad word!), lived with or known a cat. Simon's creator Simon Tofield is a very talented and imaginative individual who, through his humour has reached thousand of people. All the videos are available to view through You Tube or his own site. Please visit and enjoy, certainly their content enriches this web-page dedicated to our feline friends in the spotlight!

Simon's cat gets up to all sorts of capers and adventures and I particularly like this image - to find out what it's all about you should visit the Daily Mirror and follow his cartoon adventures! There's a lot about this cat that actually reminds us of Tinkerbell!

Simon at his local rescue centre for stray cats

Artist, author and creator of 'Simon's Cat' Simon Tofeild is also a big supporter of Cat Rescue charities - seen here at Stray Cat Rescue

Sir Toby Toblerone - the Railway Mascot

There's a little tune in my head which is playing 'Skimbleshanks, the railway cat, the cat of the railway train' (see sidebar for the full T.S. Eliot poem) one of my favourite songs from 'Cats - the Musical' which sets the poems of T.S.Eliot's 'Old Possum' to music - well here's a real railway mascot, meet Sir Toby Toblerone.

Toby Toblerone

Image copyright of Swins/RealFix as featured on their web-site

Seriously, who could resist this lovely boy, those pale pale sky blue eyes, the gleaming white coat, the wistful expression saying 'Cuddle me' and that 'too cute' pink nose? But looks can be all too deceptive can't they? This gorgeous little creature is a quadriplegic, alive today, thanks only to the dedication and devotion of his guardians. Their daily routine to keep this little chap alive, let alone looking stunning is a full-time plus job!

Much of Toby's story can be read on the internet and he, like Atchoum (see below), is now an Fb sensation. When he was first found in November 2013, Toby still had the use of his forelegs and could do some things for himself, despite having to drag his rear legs along behind him. Before finding his 'forever home' with Julie and Stephen, much was debated about the pros and cons of keeping an apparently healthy, but paralysed, cat alive when it is unlikely he would otherwise have survived. There appeared to be no logical reason for his paralysis - x-rays confirmed a good healthy bone structure, and further examinations were unable to identify any nervous tissue damage. It was even thought that chemicals used in dog flea treatment might be to blame, but whether they were administered deliberately or as an economy measure is impossible to tell. There was even speculation of a 'neurological' ailment being to blame. All in all, only Toby really knows what happened and he's keeping that close to his chest! Today, his daily routines include being groomed by his carers, and the limited movement in his neck allows for some restricted but personal grooming; he is hand fed but also encouraged to eat from a bowl. He communicates by a series of squeaks when he has toiletry needs and accidents are, amazingly few and far between! And so it goes on - Toby gets to look out of the windows to see the world outside to keep him stimulated and is warmly dressed when taken out for walks, in the safety of his carers arms. This cat is cuddled most of the, day every day - best feeling in the world cuddling a cat!

However, the world does not revolve around him 24/7 - Toby is lucky to have a sister who is healthy and doesn't appear to be bothered by being in the shadows of her more famous sibling and they have both, recently been joined by a part-feral step-brother who is slowly, but surely starting to trust his new family. He even made it into the house the other day. - Result!

For more about Toby see : Lancashire Evening Post, Lancaster Guardian

Toby in the Times

Mop & Smiff (Smiff is the real Cat)

Mop and Smiff Logo

The real Smiff

Portrait of the real 'Smiff'

I came across these animations based on real animals Mop (the English Sheepdog) and Smiff (Moggy) when, in the 1980s I was recovering from surgery and discovered day time (well Children's actually) television programmes. Here I got to know about Mike Amatt and his relationship with his animals. Each programme contained an animated segment and an original song, always with an educational message, written by Mike. There is very little on the internet about him these days and all that I can find is on the 'Cats on Tv' page

Mike and Mop RT Article

A rare article from the Radio Times featuring Mike and Mop as they contemplate a seaside romp!

Sockington

Sockington Logo

Sockington - the cat with his own logo!

The first Twitter star who even has his own logo! Not to mention his own web-site (which he has to share with they mysterious PennyCat. And, he even has his own Wikipedia entry ......

A Tudor Cat?

Black cat portrait with the Tudors

The Tudors television series is a little whimsical, but nice to see a portrait of one gorgeous feline with an acceptable backdrop of Henry VIII and his Queen, Anne Boleyn. Can't see it as being a historical fact somehow .... although allegorically this is pointing to Henry's 'enchantment' or 'bewitching' by Anne.

Cat enlargement

 

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The Illustrated Cats

Garfield

Looks like he's been around for a few years now and evolved into a slicker version of himself. And quite a makeover it is too!

Garfield evolves

Image courtesy of www.zarqun.com

Kliban Cats

Kliban Logo

I absolutely adore the red boots as worn by all Kliban Cats!

I have been a fan of Kliban Cats for as long as I can remember, somehow those red bootees always made me smile - the small splash of colour against black and white drawings. The website for Kilban is a derivative of 'Eat Mousies' - perfect!

Mog

Mogs Christmas Calamity

Mog is a well-known children's favourite literary cat created by Judith Kerr and more recently the 'face of' Sainsbury's Christmas advert based on 'Mog's Christmas Calamity!

Christmas Calamity Sainsbury's Ad

"Mog was our first cat back in 1970 and so many things about her surprised me I thought I’d do a picture book. She used to sit on my lap as I was working and nudge the pencil with her nose, but only if I was doing books about her, otherwise she’d sit on a chair and look at me reproachfully. Now she’s in the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert in 3D with me and seeing her go from my drawings to an animated cat has been very exciting – but I think Mog would probably have disapproved!" - Judith Kerr

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