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Why Paint Cats? Why some owners would be willing to pay price of $15,000 to color their cats' fur.

Updated on February 20, 2012

Owners of domestic cats do not have to settle with what their feline companions were born with. Natural boring colors and patterns are the thing of the past! Using a cat as a canvas and showing more of owner's creativity and style than ever before could be a coming trend. That is, of course, if you believe everything you read on the Internet.

Why Paint Cats: The Ethics of Feline Aesthetics is a fun coffee book Burton Silver and Heather Buschm created in the late 1990s. In a clever way to advertise their book and promote conversation what is appropriate when it comes to our beloved pets, Silver and Buschm "leaked" several of the pictures included in the book into e-mail without explanations.

Many people received cute pictures of colorful painted cats and liked or hated them so much that they forwarded them to everyone they knew. Soon, the original source of the e-mail was forgotten as pictures of painted cats kept circulating the world wide web. Somewhere along the way, people who loved the original images started to duplicate them and adding them to the e-mails.

More than ten years later, people are still having heated conversations about Why Paint Cats images.

While the authors of the book would not openly admit it, the images were most likely created with the use of image editing program like Photoshop CS 5.

Why Paint Cats stars and their owners

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People and their cats

Tongue in cheek, facts in the Why Paint Cats book include prices of fur paint jobs. According to the authors of the book, it costs $15,000 to create the original design. Then, it costs about as much every 3 months to update it. Knowing how much this cat's hairdo would cost, leaves readers with an obvious question: just who could afford such luxury?

Authors Burton Silver and Heather Buschm answer this question and many others with (most likely made-up) stories about the cats and their owners.

Why Paint Cats book was publishes as a follow-up to their first popular book titled Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics.


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    • Queen Bumble Bee profile image

      Queen Bumble Bee 5 years ago from My Queendom

      I am with you, I hope this was digitally created. I think they were.

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      Sally Hayes 5 years ago

      Wow! This is fur real? I really hope these are photoshoppeed pictures. I think a cat would have to be drugged, sedated or given a general anesthetic in order to sit through being painted -w- which really isn't fair to the cat. I would also be concerned about how much paint the cats would be ingesting as they clean themselves. I really hope this was ploy because I can't imagine anyone would do that to any animal.

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      kayyluh 5 years ago

      You are probably right I hope that Photoshop is guilty and no one would do that to there sweet innocent cats:)

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      Queen Bumble Bee 5 years ago from My Queendom

      I love cats too and would not ever try to put colorful chemicals on their fur. However, I am pretty sure that these pictures are created with the image editing program like Photoshop. Thanks for stopping by!

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      kayyluh 5 years ago

      Very interesting hub. It saddens me though that people would want to paint over their cats natural fur! I would never do that to a cat if I had one that to me is animal abuse. I enjoyed reading about your hub though! I have never heard of people doing that before :) Keep up the good work voted up!:)