Why Would Anyone Paint Their Cat?

I was told today about a bizarre trend where people get their pet cats painted, often costing up to $15,000 each time, and needing to be repeated every three months as the cat's hair grows out.

The pictures that I was shown to go along with this information were both brilliant and weird. I have decided to post a load of these pictures here so that you can see for yourselves just how strange a painted cat can look and let me know if you think this is right or wrong or just plain funny.

Zebra Cat
Zebra Cat
Abstract Art Cat
Abstract Art Cat
Chevron Cat
Chevron Cat

I have to admit some of the artwork used to decorate these poor cats is very clever, but not one of them looks too happy about the situation, (apart from the one with a painted smile on it's face lower down). Somehow I can't imagine ever doing this to my cats, or paying a total of around $60,000 per year to keep it 'topped up'.

Smurf face Cat.
Smurf face Cat.
Clown Cat.
Clown Cat.
'What have you done with my ears?'Cat.
'What have you done with my ears?'Cat.
Suicidal Cat
Suicidal Cat

I feel truly sorry for the cat in the picture above as it looks like it wants to throw itself into the pool to end it's own humiliation.

Then there is the next picture but one down, where the unfortunate creature has had it's butt painted, how totally embarrassing for a cat is that???

Jaundiced Cat.
Jaundiced Cat.
'I can't believe you painted my butt!' cat.
'I can't believe you painted my butt!' cat.
Skeletor Cat
Skeletor Cat
'I looked in the mirror and now I feel sick!' Cat.
'I looked in the mirror and now I feel sick!' Cat.

The next three pictures illustrate how pets really can end up looking like their owners, although not necessarily by choice.

'Why do I want to look like a semi-purple skunk?' Cat
'Why do I want to look like a semi-purple skunk?' Cat
'My owner has now made me look like a twat also!' Cat.
'My owner has now made me look like a twat also!' Cat.
'WTF has she done to me, I look like Dame Edna Everage!' Cat.
'WTF has she done to me, I look like Dame Edna Everage!' Cat.
'I feel like a cross between Zorro, and the Sun' Cat.
'I feel like a cross between Zorro, and the Sun' Cat.

The following two pictures are cats also looking like their owners, no doubt against their wishes as their owners have truly 'lost the plot'.

The third picture makes the sad little pussy have to smile much like the 'Joker' in Batman, and looked pleased at it's appearance even if it hates it.

The fourth picture I kind of like, simple but effective and great for Halloween.

'I look like a traffic accident on a lawn' Cat.
'I look like a traffic accident on a lawn' Cat.
'I have been turned into a kilt' Cat.
'I have been turned into a kilt' Cat.
'I want a new owner' Cat.
'I want a new owner' Cat.
'This isn't fair, I am like a dolphin who can't help but smile even if fed up' Cat.
'This isn't fair, I am like a dolphin who can't help but smile even if fed up' Cat.
'Well I suppose we look better than the other's!' Cats.
'Well I suppose we look better than the other's!' Cats.

The first picture below looks like the cat has a nasty disease.

The second picture has got to the most humiliating of all for any cat.

The third picture, OMG the aliens have landed, get out that a**l protector such as the egg slicer or cheese grater!!!

'What is this disease and is there a cure?' Cat.
'What is this disease and is there a cure?' Cat.
'This is too much, I'm not even a girl' Cat.
'This is too much, I'm not even a girl' Cat.
'Where did I park my spaceship?' Cat.
'Where did I park my spaceship?' Cat.

What do you think about painting your cats?

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Comments 28 comments

Lela Bryan 8 years ago

I think there are a lot of other ways that you can spend money on your cat that the cat would really love.

Like its own mouse fantasyland or something like that.

Lela


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

I have never even heard of this, much less seen pictures, and I am astounded. I have to admit that some of them truly look incredible, but WTF? Money issues aside, are there any vets or animal specialists speaking out regarding whether or not this is harmful to the cat? Maybe some psychiatrists have something to say about humans that would do this? As I said, some of the work is impressive and amazing, but I can't help feeling that it is wrong. How does the cat clean itself?

Interesting hub!


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Totally agree with both of you. surely a cat deserves more dignity and to be kept as nature intended. :)


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Misty - I nearly did a hub on this myself! GMTA, hmm? I researched it though for some juicy tidbits and discovered that these cats were in fact all photoshopped and not really painted these lovely colors. Shame...

I forget the publication, but it was some tongue in cheek coffee table book. Great for a laugh, but it looks like I won't have to be taking my cats in for that designer look any time soon.

Now if you want another good laugh (at a cat's expense) check this out. It's just a taste of what the original site was like...and it garnered so much hate mail from animal lovers that it was taken down even though it was just a prank done by an MIT student. I remember the original...and even though I love animals...I laughed my ass off...

http://www.shorty.com/bonsaikitten/index.html


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank God they were photoshopped Spryte, it seems really unfair on the cats if they were genuine, mind you, they look pretty convincing as you can even see the texture on the hair :)


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

For sure Misty! The first time I ever saw them was in an email and I thought...my god! Is there no end to a person's vanity that they would do that to their cat?! And then of course I thought ... hmmm...Mojo would look really cool as a skeleton. :)

But if they can airbrush a model so that you don't see her cellulite...I guess they can make a cat look believable.


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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Incredibly stupid people paint their cats. :)

My cat's beautiful the way he is.

But now I see they are photoshopped. But I wouldn't put it past people. After all, there are people out there who dye their dogs pink...


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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

I think they might be photoshopped only because I have never had a cat that would be likely to hold still for this kind of thing. But a good job of photoshopping.

The smiling one is just creepy, but the butterfly one was kind of neat.


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KT pdx 8 years ago from Vancouver, WA, USA

A couple of them I have seen the original pictures, so definitely are photoshopped.  Great hub, though! And an even better commentary on silly pet people, because of the photoshopping!


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

Well, that's a relief. Now I feel kind of stupid for falling for it, but it is a good job of photo shopping (like ugly baby). In that case, I think it's hysterical!


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Em Writes 8 years ago from Upstate NY

OMG, am SO glad it's photoshopping. Your captions nearly made me pee myself, though. :)


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starrkissed 8 years ago from Arizona

hahahhaa i totally fell for it. this whole time i was thinking to myself "how did they ever get the cats to sit still?" but then of course, i was like "oh yea, they put them to sleep".. but still... i know ppl would do it but for $15k??? sheesh. i have to admit, the zebra striped cats are really cute lol.


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Feline Prophet 8 years ago from India

Glad to hear they were only photoshopped! The indignity of it all!!!


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CJStone 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

Oops, I nearly fell for that. I'd just posted an indignant comment when I saw it was a spoof. What a relief. Trouble is it was believable cos some people really are that vain and stupid.


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Spryte is absolutely right, and I fell for it too, although I don't mind as the images are startling and also amusing. I found links on the net that may help clear things up for anyone who is wondering about this.

http://www.kith.org/journals/jed/2003/04/13/1067.h...

http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/paintedcats.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Paint_Cats

http://www.whypaintcats.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Why-Paint-Cats-Ethics-Aesthe...


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morrisonspeaks 8 years ago

wow! well, cat's need to be fashionable also! really cute!


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks morrison, although I am pretty pleased people aren't really doing this to their cats :)


tomwilland 6 years ago

The book is probably funny and even more funny is some people thought it was paint. That is sad that people could not tell it was photo shopped pics. That is so obviously seen in looking at them.

The only cat paintings or painted cat page i think is of course real is http://www.facepaint.ws

The cat is really funny but, the lady also is pretty cool. That is what she says to be german paints she uses.


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Stacie L 6 years ago

looks like I made a hub on this also.I found my photos on other sites and didn't see your site until you pointed it out.oops


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

No worries Stacie, like you said, there are many sites out there featuring these pictures, what is interesting is how many of us initially fell for them and believed they are really painted cats.


Zia 4 years ago

It's cute but wrong.


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mistyhorizon2003 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Don't worry Zia, if it was 'real' I would agree with you, but it is apparently all Photoshopped!


Cleo Demopoulos 3 years ago

With all due respect, my belief is that money spent on painting a dog or cat to look either funny or ridiculous can be better spent on rescuing the so many dogs and cats in desperate need. People are becoming desperately bored....!


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mistyhorizon2003 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Cleo, actually if you read the full article and the comments you will see these are photoshopped images, so no-one here is paying to paint their cats or dogs, and if they were I would 100% agree with you.


peter 3 years ago

it's much worse than dressing up a cat. It's cruel to paint on a cat. Cats are not toys. Cat shouldn't be dressed up or worse painted over. It also dangerous too. Cats groom themselves. They might swallow the paint. The cats would try to lick the paint from their fur.


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mistyhorizon2003 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Golly, doesn't anyone read the comments?? The one immediately above yours peter clearly states these are photoshopped images, and it is mentioned many times in the comments section. The cats are NOT actually painted so are completely safe.


JL 16 months ago

Since it's photo shoped pictures I would love to have a photo shop cat painted picture of my cat's so when people girt walk in they can be like OMG no she didn't.


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mistyhorizon2003 16 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Lol, what a great idea JL, you should try it!

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