Even though it’s hot outside, nothing feels cozier than having a purring cat in your lap while you read a book and sip a cup of tea. That’s how I always envisioned my contented life as a cat mommy. However, I didn’t factor in Furball, my cat of more than a decade.
When I adopted him, I was really looking forward to having a lap cat. Furball, on the other hand, had other ideas. He was simply too high-energy as a kitten to sit in my lap without attacking me. When he got older and calmer, he never wanted to snuggle for longer than 30 seconds. As a result, I had to get my cat cozy fix via other means. Luckily, I found the purrfect solution.
Cat teapots! They’re the closest I’ll ever get to having a cat nearby while I sip a cup of tea. Here are five of my favorites.
This fat cat teapot ingeniously turns the cat’s tail into a handle and a caught mouse into a spout. It’s chubby and cute at first glance, but look again. There’s an underlying sense of dark humor if you peer a little closer. Humor me here.
First, you’ll notice that the cat’s head is the lid. This means that when you’re filling your teapot, you’re pouring water into a headless cat. Next, look closely at the mouse. Its open mouth is frozen in an endless scream, just like the namesake painting by Edvard Munch.
On the other hand, you could ignore my dark satire and instead take one look at the chubby cat’s bright smile and think, "What a cute teapot."
This tea set was created by Japanese designer Shizi Katoh. The peering cat perched atop the teapot is like a cartoon come to life. The cat’s big green eyes combined with the teapot’s high-gloss black finish could easily grace the pages of any Japanese anime comic book.
Like many Japanese designs, this one not only looks good but is really practical, too. The ceramic tea set includes two stacking cups and a removable strainer so that you can brew loose-leaf tea. It’s hands down perfect for a cup of green tea.
Designed by Nina Lyman, the ceramic Sunshine-Calico teapot is a smart interpretation of a cat transmogrified into a teapot. Lyman transforms the tail into a handle and a raised paw into a spout.
She still didn’t solve the age-old dilemma of how to fill your cat teapot without taking off its head, but this teapot is the one I’ve seen that most closely resembles a cat, so I’ll give her two paws up for the design. She also gets bonus points because a portion of the proceeds are donated to the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
I first spotted the Britto teapot in a quaint little teashop. A splash of color caught my eye while I was sipping an apricot hibiscus tea. I took a closer look and was immediately fascinated by pop-artist Romero Britto’s fresh take on tea.
The teapot design is a mix of Picasso’s cubist era combined with the bold black lines of a Mondrian canvas and a swirl of patterns in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. This is one vibrant, modern, and fun tea set.
The Price & Kensington tea for one set is what originally piqued my curiosity and got me interested in cat teapots. This earthenware tea set features a hand-painted design. The teapot stacks atop a large cup decorated with paw prints.
When I saw this tea set online, I was so charmed that I impulsively bought one and promptly gave it away to a cat-loving friend who also happens to be a designer. She loved the teapot and enjoyed many snuggly moments on the sofa with a cup of tea and her cat, Emily.
Afterwards, I admittedly was a little green with envy. My friend has a cat who’ll sit on her lap and she’s got a cute cat teapot, too. Fortunately, the order’s been placed and my cat teapot is on its way. Now if only Furball would snuggle …
About the Author: Holly Tse is a green cat expert and lifelong environmentalist. Practicing Taoist and Dragon Spirit Guide who has experienced more than nine past lives and can bend reality at will. Totally into alternative healing, but her Achilles’ heel is reality TV cooking shows. As a Canadian expat, she uses an American spell checker for her Catster articles.
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