How to Make your own Designer Cat
Create a designer cat
What is exactly is a designer cat? Can you order one special, with all the features you desire? How about one with polka dots or a plaid coat?
I would never consider dying my cat's hair or make designs on it but some people would. They are a favorite pet of millions of people all over the world. Kitties are sleek, sassy, funny and beautiful creatures that come in many sizes, colors and variations.
I've always owned "found" cats, as a child growing up in suburbia. I guess they were rejected by their owners or they rejected their owners, for one reason or another. Each one was unique and beautiful in their own way. My four memorable ones were Mimi, Charlie Brown, Freddy and Tiffany.
Mimi was all white short hair domestic, with tortoise shell spots and a stripped tail. My youngest brother tried his hand at dying her left ear with black shoe polish. He wanted them to match. It never completely washed out, even after 20 years!
Charlie Brown was an orange tabby or Tiger cat with a bad attitude. No one would dream of coloring his fur. he would have shredded anyone that touched him.
Freddy was all white with pink ears and nose just like a bunny rabbit. He was as docile as one too and would have made a good dye client.
My favorite pet was Tiffany. She was a long haired American domestic with a princess attitude. Her perfectly stripped body with that huge bushy tail was too pretty to dye.
I'm pretty sure no one will have this altered cat photo above,since I made it up. Some people think some of the cats have been photo shopped and they may have been. This can help an owner decide what their cat may look like before trying to do a dye job. As you can see my multi- colored cat above is really wild looking and I did alter it.
Just for fun cat dying video
A more recent and less reported trend involves dying the hair of the cats with designs. The solid colors work best for this but any coat can decorated. Apparently this has been going on for years but I only recently discovered it.
People must be so bored with their pets that they think they have to put some design on it. I wonder where they got the idea to do this?
Did someone look at their plain white cat and exclaim," I think you would look much better with some purple ears and pink polka dot body. Let's make your tail all red!"
"Or maybe a plaid design to match the drapes would be better." And so the designer cat was born.
There are pet groomers who advertise pet dye jobs that will provide a pink dog or blue cat but the artists are not as evident. The way to decide on a decoration is made by the occasion and whether it will be temporary or permanent. Halloween is fast approaching and some people want to decorate the cat along with the house and themselves I guess.
Most ethical pet hair dye artists use a food coloring formula, like the Easter egg dyes. It won't harm the cat and he or she will not have any pain except emotional scars for the rest of their lives. An owner can do it themselves with a little care.
Anyone can color their cats hair with on color easily enough but an artist and a lot of patience will get the desired results. The designs on this page were accomplished by very patient artists who no doubt spent many hours on these designs. They probably did them over a number of sessions. I don't think a cat would sit still for an intricate design. Hopefully they weren't drugged.
Pet groomers use special dyes for dogs but I'm not sure this is good for a sensitive cat's hair.
If you must experiment with coloring your cat, Maybe try a small spot first with the food coloring. Do a little at a time over a few days.
The writer for the book, Why Paint Cats, has some intriguing photos and interviews with the owners of these cats. It is listed on Amazon so go check this fascinating subjects out. Some of these designs are too perfect and I believe they were done with stencils.
I don't know who the original owners of these photos are as they are posted on many sites on the Internet, and I've posted the locations I found them on the links section.
Nevertheless, I don't think I would ever dye a cat's fur but do admire some of the work on these photos. Artists need to express themselves and any canvas that shows their talent is fair game.
People are creative and easily bored. Some have turned to decorating their pet cats. I don't know why they think this is a good idea but as long as they don't do any harm and it's temporary, then I's say go ahead.
It may very well be a gigantic punk project and we have all been fooled into believing that cat owners would do this. Maybe Ashton Kuscher will jump out and yell, "Punkted!" laughing wildly and pointing.I do think some are real. Just take this in stride, tongue in cheek and enjoy the novelty of it all.
I wrote another hub describing a trend of tattooing the hairless breeds such as the Sphinx, or Mexican hairless cat. The bare wrinkled skin was a blank canvas for a design but I thought it was cruel for the animals.
Dying your Cats Fur
Would you consider coloring designs on your cat?
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