It’s been a year since April Winchell closed down her famous blog, Regretsy. For those of you unfamiliar with Regretsy (or living under a rock), the site was a treasure trove of unique and utterly bizarre handcrafts found on Etsy.
Whether you loved or hated the site, Regretsy demonstrated that one person’s idea of “not in my living room” was often the cat’s meow for someone else. The closing of Regretsy left a void of curious curation, especially of the feline kind, but not anymore. Here are seven weirdly wonderful cat-themed finds from Etsy.
If you’ve got a cat, you’ve surely seen her barfing up a hairball at some point in her life. For this hand-painted watercolor, cat vomit was the inspiration for its creation. The artist, cappysue, was inspired by a comment made by a friend when her cat threw up in her shoe.
Cappysue transformed the traumatic event into a magical tongue-in-cheek watercolor of a pink cat with a French beret literally vomiting rainbows onto a canvas. There’s only one available, so if you want it, you better pounce on it fast.
While we’re on the topic of rainbows, why not dress your cat up as one? This rainbow-colored mohawk cat hat is a real head-turner. The hat is hand-knitted from acrylic blend yarns and fits the average-sized adult cat head.
If your cat has a melon the size of well, er, a melon, you can request a custom-sized hat by measuring the distance between your cat’s ears on the top of her head and the width of the base of her ears. It’s also a good test to see if your cat will wear the hat. If she sits still while you measure her ears, then she may just let you fit this hat over her head.
What do you get when you combine something cute with something else that’s also cute? Normally, you’d expect something even cuter. We’ll let you be the judge on this creation, a phone case that’s a mashup of Grumpy Cat and the Little Mermaid.
If you’ve ever wondered what a cat would look like as a mermaid, now you’ve got the answer. Something about the flowing mane of red hair juxtaposed with Grumpy Cat’s derisive frown makes this phone case work.
We told you about Fortune Cat. Now, let us introduce you to Psycho Cat. While the traditional Maneki Neko is a lucky charm believed to attract abundance, we’re not quite sure what Psycho Cat will attract — maybe attention?
Its raised paw clutches a bloody knife and the battery-operated arm also swings back and forth. If that’s a little too graphic for you, there’s also a non-bloody knife version. Psycho Cat is intended to be a gag gift — as in a joke, not gagging someone.
Romance and wine often go hand in hand, or in this case, paw in paw. If you’re looking for an unusual housewarming gift for a cat lover who also loves a good Bordeaux, then this intricately carved wooden wine stopper might be the perfect gift.
The sexy cat engraving is inspired by Indian art and is perched atop a Portuguese cork stopper. After a glass or two of wine, your host will be tempted to cork the bottle when she spots the detail and workmanship of this engraving.
Speaking of sexy, here’s some cat-inspired lingerie. These black knickers feature a giant kitty face on the back, complete with little kitty ears, too. It gives new meaning to the phrase, "Hello, Kitty!"
Created by knickerrocker on Etsy, the underwear is made to order and a matching cropped top is also available. For the curious cats out there, you might also want to check out knickerrocker’s fox face undies. They give special meaning to the phrase, "foxy lady."
Unfortunately, this one’s no longer available, but we’re including it just because, well, we had to. Have you ever felt that a cat’s piercing stare could penetrate right to your soul? If so, you might want to get your paws on this candleholder to hold your own pseudo-seance. Light the candle and peer into a cat’s soul, or at the very least, look inside a cat via an X-ray of her leg.
Made from a real X-ray, this candleholder is the ultimate in up-cycling and will surely create the perfect ambiance in any room.
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About Holly Tse: Holly Tse is a green cat expert, lifelong environmentalist and the creator of Green Little Cat, a blog on eco-friendly living for cats and cat lovers. 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.