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How to Make Your Own Designer Cat

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Stacie L has raised many pets and had some cats live into the twenties. She also ran a successful pet sitting service.

Designer Cats

Designer cats

Designer cats

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!

she looks so happy

she looks so happy

plaid anyone?

plaid anyone?

My cats

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

interesting look

interesting look

Designer Cats

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.

The process

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.

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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.

call them zebra cats?

call them zebra cats?

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.

Final thoughts

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

  • The Tattooed Cat Trend
    Tattooing has been in practice thousands of years,dating 5000 years ago to the Polynesians. The word 'tatau' means to mark something. This art form has enjoyed a new surge in popularity and acceptance ...
  • Why Paint Cats Home Page
    A Book that may have inspired this trend

© 2010 Stacie L


Vin Chauhun from Durban on July 09, 2012:

besides...i think the animal getting dyed would be me......the cats would be beat me to it :)

Stacie L (author) on July 06, 2012:

Vin Chauhun: thanks for your reading and commenting on my designer cats hub. I would never do it to mine either. I guess I wouldn't mind if the dye was temporary and for a special occasion,as long as it didn't hurt the cat...

Vin Chauhun from Durban on July 04, 2012:

i just love cats and i have nothing against dyeing of cats...if it health friendly to them....i would never do that that to any of the cats i know, i don't trust tthem....:)....i might find myself tied on rail tracks or in a tank of sharks........

Stacie L (author) on October 12, 2010:

Kale Arwen: this is something that isn't well known yet!

thank you for your comments =)

Kaie Arwen on October 12, 2010:

Stacie- May I say that I have never seen anything like this before! Thanks for the introduction! Kaie

Cindy Lawson from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 06, 2010:

Hi Stacie, don't worry, I was never upset that you had used the same pictures, or written this hub, (as I too found my pictures on the Internet via an email sent to me). I only posted here to update you on the fact that most (if not all) are actually as a result of photo-shopping, not actual 'painting' of cats. I did post links in the comments section on my similar hub that show various sources that show these are photoshopped, not real. I was very relieved to find this out myself I have to say :)

Stacie L (author) on October 06, 2010:

CASEWORKER: thank you for reading my hub and commenting.

That's interesting to hear what Britain does.

CASE1WORKER from UNITED KINGDOM on October 06, 2010:

In the news in the uk is a woman who coloured her white cat pink with food colouring to match her own hair. The RSPCA were not amused as were the majority of real cat lovers in the country.

Photoshopping- yes but actually doing it - no way

Stacie L (author) on October 05, 2010:

I'm not sure they all are photo shopped. as far as you doing this a while ago,well I found it to be fascinating and did not mean to step on any toes. I searched before and posting and didn't see yours.

Since this posting I've made some changes so no one should be unhappy.

Live and let live:)

Cindy Lawson from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 05, 2010:

Hi Stacie, I actually did a hub a long time ago called "Why would anyone paint their cat", and it featured most of the pictures you have in this one. A number of people who came back to me with comments said these are definitely photoshopped and not real, apparently based in at least one case on the person having done research previously with a view to doing a similar hub herself, (until she found out they are not really painted cats). If you want to see the pictures on mine (and the comments), the link to it is:

Stacie L (author) on October 05, 2010:

dahoglund: I don't understand it either.thanks for commenting:)

Stacie L (author) on October 05, 2010:

Austinstar: I checked these photos and read other comments.I think they are real...thanks for commenting

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 05, 2010:

I don't understand why people are not satisfied with the natural beauty of cats and dogs.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on October 04, 2010:

Please tell me those cats were painted with photoshop! Why, would anyone do that?

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