Friday, July 25, 2014

The 52 Project 3/25


The following result is what happens when you have a chilled out cat and a boyfriend who likes all things horror :)

Monsters and Gremlin
"A Portrait of Gremlin, once a week, every week for the rest of the year" 

I'm learning that the easiest way to get a photo of Gremlin is to photograph other things.  I always wished I'd have a cat that would be okay with having his photo taken and even better a cat willing to have figurines posed around him too - love your Gremlin!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lucky Cat Capsule Toy by Konatsu

Gosh I love the store Rotofugi They're an online store who sell toys and a whole bunch of other rad stuff. Since I collect key chains, have an unhealthy obsession with cats and I love Gachapon (capsule toys) I couldn't resist buying a cute maneki keychain even if shipping fair outweighed the item's cost (yup living in Australia has it's downfalls).

 Rotofugi also have exceptional service, so I wouldn't hesitate buying from them again :)

You can see all the other cute keychains in the series. They seem to only have the gold and silver cats left in store and the middle guys - a dog and a fox.

Of course fee went with a pink maneki :P

Checking out the Rotofugi site is a dangerous practice, I just saw a negora (kitty monster) keychain for sale and these insane nauseous cats!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sienna The Glove Thief


Sienna is a calico cat and is the Burnaby Glove thief!
Sienna has stolen more than 50 gloves in her hometown of Burnaby before owner Dawn Palmer worked out the gloves were from a local construction site.

burnaby glove thief cat

The Palmers (according to this article) have had Sienna for year and say she is no stranger to bringing home gifts (birds, rats, mice and moles) but now that she has gotten a little plumper, choose the gloves as gifts, as they're "easy prey" :P  Dawn first thought the gloves belonged to her son but soon realised there were just too many.  The final giveaway was seeing Sienna gift a glove in the flesh leading Dawn to ask her neighbours and eventually gifting the gloves back to their owners :)

I love this story! I think it's super sweet that a cat wants to bring (inanimate) presents for it's owners.

  Now Sienna gets to joins the ranks of our other famous Klepto Kitties - Zaza and Dusty!

You can also watch a video of Dawn and Sienna here!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top 10 Cat Diys - Take Five


Wow we're already up to number five of our Top 10 Cat DIYS found across the internet :) I'll link the other posts at the bottom!

Laura from the blog A Beautiful Mess came up with this super cute cat bag - I love the shiny silver material she used :)

Over on la maison de loulou you can find everything you need to know to make your own chalkboard cats!

Another spin on the cat bag from Swoon Studio, it's designed for her daughter but I'm sure you could adjust the pattern slightly for us older peeps as well :)

Although the blog bodkovo isn't in English, I think this DIY is easy enough to follow visually - some fabric paint and embrodiery floss.  I know there are quite a few kitty diy shoes out there but I like how simple and cute this one is :)

The Sewing Rabbit shows us how to make some ridiculous cute blinged out cat ears!

and what about those worn out elbow holes? The Small Things Blog with a cute solution :)

Eep - I love how cute these hand carved cat stamps are, you can Follow Becky's instructions here.

How about another stamp project but this time transforming a basic white tee from the The Pink Samurai 

Unfortunately I can only crochet a square but if I had the skills I'd be all over this free pattern from Emma's Animal Creations

and lucky last, some super cute some cat string organizers from the blog Little White Whale :)

Check out more Cat DIY posts here /here /here and here!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cat Video Monday: Japanese Cat Commercial


I'll admit that for today's video I have no idea what's going on but I think that's why I love it and why I had to post it for Cat Video Monday.

You guys know I love my weird Japanese videos :)

Do you know what you just watched? :P

Friday, July 18, 2014

The 52 Project 2/25


This week's photo was taken as part of my Pikmin Cat Costume DIY.  You can find instructions, on how to make yours, over here (courtesy of the lovely blog, The cat, you and us) and you can see more pictures of Gremlin in the costume, here!

Pikmin Gremlin - 52 week project
 "A Portrait of Gremlin, once a week, every week for the rest of the year" 

I think by now he has realised I'm a little weird but graciously just goes with the flow - thanks Gremlin.

This week he fell into the pool though I suspect not his first time as he likes to live on the edge and quite literally on the edge of the pool - leading to heart stopping moments for me! Strangely though, after witnessing the pool event (I was too slow getting there), I felt better about his dare devil activities and proved a reminder to remember cat's inbuilt ability to get themselves out of danger. I also marvelled that it was over in 2 seconds and he managed not to get his head wet.

I always thought if he did fall in, he would run inside and get me, wet and meowing but instead he rolled around in some dirt and carried on with the day.   I also assumed I'd need to bath him but later in the day when he came back in he was super fluffy and clean.  I remember Ben asking if I had bathed him one day before (I hadn't) but now I think perhaps that too was a pool accident.  He's a dude for sure.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Black Cat Illustration

Just a cute cat illustration by artist Greg Turner-Rahman for your Thursday


Fly Fascination!
Hope it's a great day for everyone (or night!)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dot the Cat born with Spina Bifida


Today we get to meet a super special needs cat called Dot.  Dot was taken on by Tabby's Place in 2011 who promote themselves as being a cage-free sanctuary that provide refuge to cats in hopeless situations. Tabby's Place takes on shelter cats scheduled for euthanasia with a majority of their cats having special needs.  I'll put a link to at the bottom of this post to their donation page as they really do such amazing work.   
Dot the cat with Spina Bifida

In 2013 Dot was adopted out but you can still follow Dot's updates via her fb page with Dot's Mum, Norma sending through photos and updates regularly :) Lisa a volunteer at Tabby's place runs the page and with great love!

All photos for this post were taken from her fb page.

Dot's fb about page it reads,

Little Dot was born with Spina Bifida, a rare birth defect that results from the inability of the vertebral arch to fuse normally. This occurs during pregnancy, when the fetus is still in the embryonic stage. This has left little Dot without the use of her hind legs, and rendered her incontinent, and does need help expressing her bowels and bladder, but she doesn't know she is any different and her spirits have not been dampened.

Due to her incontinence she has to wear pants for protection specially made by Fancy Pants 4 Pets with some super cute designs :)

In 2013 Dot (also affectionately known at Dottie and Dotness) was adopted to her forever home. No stranger to special needs kitties, this family had previously adopted two special needs cats from Tabby's Place, Gabriella a cat with cerebellar hypoplasia (causing lack of balance and control) and Tashi a paraplegic cat who unfortunately passed away at the start of this year.  It makes me smile to know there are people out there adopting special needs cats and providing such loving homes for these guys :)

Judging by the facebook updates Dot is doing amazing with Norma's family with her two sons and three other cat friends, Gabriella, Priscilla and Sammy - much company and love! Dot did get an infection a month back but by all reports she is doing great now :)

Dot also uses her walker everyday which helps her get around with more ease

And a few videos below of Dot in action not letting her disability disable her :)

To donate to Tabby's Place head here (with a variety of options to choose from)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top 10 Cat Street Art/Graff - Take 3


 Another week and another Top 10 this time looking at cute street art cats!

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I love this simple (but effective) black cat and that amazing painted house called "Van Kedisi" after the white cat breed (often with mismatches eyes) painted in Nantes by Jiem P├ęcor and Le Sirop de Larue.

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That orange guy is an intricate stencil by C215 an artist who I've featured already on this blog but keeping doing so because he's rad! The black cat on the right was part of The Wall Project in Mahim, Mumbai in August 2009.

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Black Panther is by Artist FAKE in Amsterdam whilst the amazing Cheshire piece was done in Newtown, Sydney, Australia :)

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I don't know much about either of these pieces above but I do know that both are rad :)

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That garage door was painted by artist Shalak Attack and the black cat on the right lives all the way over in Chile.

 Who do we love this week? I think I have to show Ben that house cat mural for potential home ideas in the future!

You can find more cat street art posts here and here

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cat Video Monday: Cat that can't stop tapping paper!


Today's video we meet a cat who love to tap paper - yup tap paper :)
(although right at the end there is an appearance by a plastic bag as well!)

In the video you get 2 minutes and 36 seconds of a cat taping everything from newspapers and catalogues to brown paper bags (also not to be missed at the 1:52 mark is some two paw action!) he he:P