The other day, my cat Bubba Lee Kinsey ate too many treats and threw up on the kitchen floor. As usual, I grabbed some paper towels and went after it, but before I wiped it up, I noticed the puke puddle was shaped vaguely like a cat. Had my creative kitty just barfed up his own self-portrait? I didn’t think about it too long; within 10 seconds, Bubba’s masterpiece was languishing in the garbage can. But I do love thinking that my cat may be an artistic visionary longing to discover untapped resources for creative expression.
Fortunately, there are many (less disgusting) ways for your cat to express her inner Paw-casso. Featuring a cat who plays with an iPad and a blind cat who paints, these videos have kitties who are certainly feline artistic. (Sorry, I had to.)
The aptly named Kitty-Casso Paint Kit for Cats really ran with an idea I should have thought of years ago: Artwork “painted” by your cats makes a great gift. All you’ve gotta do is splatter some paper with some multicolored paint, cover it with plastic, and get your kitty to walk on it by luring her with a laser pointer. Voila! Art! Also: There’s no mess.
Mr. Magoo is a nine-year-old kitty who lives at Valley Animal Center in Fresno, California. The handsome gray-and-white fella loves to stomp around in colorful, nontoxic paint to express his artistic vision, even though this creative genius happens to be blind. The shelter uses Mr. Magoo’s artwork to raise money and awareness for special-needs pets.
To raise funds at their annual Fur Ball auction, Big Cat Rescue, a sanctuary in Tampa, Florida, let their tiger, lynx, and leopard residents rub their toes, noses, and faces in colorful, nontoxic children’s fingerpaints to create abstract pieces of frameable artwork. I don’t know about you, but if I owned original artwork by a white tiger, I’d post that awesomeness on Instagram, like, daily.
I like to think of these iPad apps as art school for cats. Before they move on to actual paint and paper, this gives them the chance to virtually master their technique — and look adorably ridiculous doing it.
Turning the tables a bit, here’s the sped-up (and rather impressive) video of a human drawing a cat’s portrait. For some reason, the cats I draw never look like this; in fact, they still look the same as they did when I was in first grade and I first discovered how to draw a cat. Guess I’ll just hire this guy when I need to immortalize Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix. I hope he can make them look like pirates sailing the high seas.
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About Angela: This not-crazy-at-all cat lady loves to lint-roll her favorite dress and go out dancing. She also frequents the gym, the vegan coffee joint, and the warm patch of sunlight on the living room floor. She enjoys a good cat rescue story about kindness and decency overcoming the odds, and she’s an enthusiastic recipient of headbutts and purrs from her two cats, Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix.