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Today, We're Turning Your Cat Into a Superhero -- Literally

Enter to win a superhero illustration of your cat from the artist behind the website HeroMachine.

 |  Nov 1st 2013  |   153 Contributions


Can a cat be a superhero? Sure, why not? Cats entertain us daily and lighten our load, and for that alone they deserve to be called superhero animals. They have other distinct superhero qualities, such as their ability to rid our houses of spiders, jump higher than a speeding bullet, and their special skill of waking their owners by sitting on their chests and kneading, kneading, kneading until the human gets up. How do people without cats ever wake up on time? And by "on time," I mean way, way, way before the sun comes up.

We can’t have pet cats on our Colorado ranch because our five dogs outvoted the idea. I get to have superhero cats in my life, however, thanks to my husband, Jeff Hebert. He developed a very popular online superhero creator called HeroMachine, and one day it hit me: Jeff has the ability to draw cats as superheroes! So he did.

Below are some of the Catster folks' cats in all of their superhero cat glory. And even if you aren't lucky enough to win our contest, you can have your cat drawn too -- check out more details below.

1. Miss Uppity Tibbs (who belongs to Catster managing editor Vicky Walker)

Superhero Name: Mighty Toes/Puketastica

Weight: 9 pounds

Age: Ancient (at least 12)

Favorite Place: Underfoot

Superpower: Extra toes on her front paws allow her to catch balls in her mitts

Kryptonite: All other cats 

Greatest strength: Resilience in the face of mortality. Is deaf, has barely any teeth, and walks like an animated Ray Harryhausen skeleton, but still manages to be a fierce presence.

Greatest weakness: Oh, where do I start? Crapping over the side of the box. Puking on the couch. Peeing behind the TV. Wailing at top volume when you come up behind her. 

2. Saffy (beloved cat of Catster columnist Angie Bailey)

Superhero name: Large Marge or Mighty Hippo

Weight: 13 pounds

Age: 13

Favorite Place: Where the food is

Superpower: Hyper-olfactory sense to sniff out even the smallest crumb

Kryptonite: Small people with grabby hands

Greatest Strength: Paws of lightning

Greatest Weakness: Lack of stealth

3. Ambrose Hoffman (also Vicky's)

Superhero name: The Velvet Lamb. That, or the Velvet Rat-Catcher.

Weight: 15 pounds

Age: 3

Favorite Place: The basket he no longer fits in 

Superpower: Sleeps on his humans at funny angles -- across your neck is a favorite

Kryptonite: The vacuum cleaner

Greatest Strength: Rat-catching

Greatest Weakness: The world's puniest, most pathetic little meow, which sounds like it came out of a three-day-old kitten.

4. Kundalini, aka Little Mami (owned by SAY Media Social Strategist Anna Zeman)

Superhero name: Shrimp Tooth

Weight: 8 lbs (SHE'S SOOOOO LITTTTLLLE!)

Age: 9

Favorite Place: Inside the little teepees I make out of blankets on the bed

Superpower: Getting whatever she wants

Kryptonite: Mats 

Greatest Strength: Catching the string everytime but never killing it so she can always play with it again

Greatest Weakness: Only half her tongue is sandpaper so it makes grooming very difficult. 

5. Thomas (owned by Cat Dandy Keith Bowers)

Superhero name: Captain Whiskers, the Tabby What Had Special Powers

Weight: 12 pounds

Age: around 4 1/2

Favorite Place: Secret Garage Lair (aka The Cat Cave)

Superpower: When chasing "feathered drones," he jumps so high he touches the roof beams (and he strikes "Shamu" poses on the way up). Also, devastating cuteness.

Kryptonite: Crunchy salmon treats

Greatest Strength: Able to take down bird-toys that are flying at 5,000 feet with a single paw then deliver lethal bunny-kicks, all while reclining on the carpet. Also, devastating purr-meows.

Greatest Weakness: Kinda picky about food; gives up intense pursuits when he gets bored or tired.

6. Gentleman Jim (Vicky's again)

Superhero name: Captain Pissypants

Weight: 9 pounds

Age: Allegedly 7, but acts like he's 19

Favorite Place: On the wrong side of the door

Superpower: Peeing. On everything. Including me, in bed. 

Kryptonite: Hairbrushes

Greatest strength: Vertical jumping -- very nimble for an old cat

Greatest weakness: Fancy Feast

How to enter the contest 

Want the chance to win a customized superhero image of your cat? If so, please do the following:

In the comments section below, tell us what your cat's superhero name would be and why. (You don't need to go through all the details listed for the cats above, unless you want to.) If you can post a photo of your pet, do that, too -- or send us a link to a full-body photo of your cat.

Jeff will pick his favorite and then work on a customized superhero portrait for that lucky winner. May the best kitty win! 

  1. Log into your Disqus account or sign up for a new one. It takes just a minute to register, and allows you to be a member of Catster's community of passionate cat lovers. If you already have a Disqus account, check it to ensure the account includes a valid email. (If you don't, we can't contact you! So you can't win!)
  2. Comment below using your Disqus account, following the directions above. Our favorite comment wins! You can enter no matter where you live. 
  3. Check your email for a “You've Won!” message after noon PST on Friday, Nov. 8. We'll give the winner two days to respond before moving on to my next favorite comment. 

If you aren't lucky enough to win, you can still commission Jeff to make a custom illustrated portrait of your superhero kitty at a very reasonable price. 

About Annie Phenix: Positive-reinforcement dog trainer and author Annie Phenix never met a mountain she did not love. This explains why she lives in Durango, Colorado, where she's surrounded by mountains, and why she is always smiling. She delights in the snowy season here, as do her five dogs, two horses, and six adorably cute donkeys. 

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