Portraits of Working Cats by Sue Clancy

I’ve been working towards a series of fine art portraits of cats – with an eye to future art exhibits and a book. I currently have an art book out about dogs, titled “Dogs by Sue Clancy” and it only seems fair to have one about cats too.  So I’ve been reading books about cats, looking at this site (thanks everyone for sharing!) and visiting some local Pacific Northwestern United States places that employ cats.

You see, In my quest to learn more about cats so as to please my cat Hawkeye by making more cat-related artwork and eventually make artist books about cats – I recently learned that there are several local Pacific Northwest (USA) wineries, breweries, distilleries, tea shops, handcrafted wood furniture stores, bookstores and musical instrument stores that employ cats! Yes, these cats get, ahem, paid to be on guard for rodents and what not. Imagine that?!

So I’ve begun doing some portraits of these working cats. (Most notably (pun intended) a piano store!)

Here are a few of my portraits that I did using sumi ink:

You can see more about my work – and follow my progress on my blog at www.sueclancy.com  – but my cat Hawkeye suggests that I keep posting here on Katzenworld too. He’s certain that you are likely to understand and appreciate cat art best.

Renegade: Human! What have you done with my food?

Hi everyone,

It’s me Rennie here today and my humans got me some new food to try out! 😀

Renegade: What do you mean by I am in the way so you can’t see what the food is…? Oh oops I am indeed in the picture. ;o

Renegade: Is this better? While I am making love to the bag… (come on humans open it already!!!) I shall tell you a bit more about our new food. 😀

Renegade: Apparently this bag of food is made with a lot of fresh and raw fish and minimal amount of dried food!

Renegade: Aha… the little infographic explains why it’s called Six Fish! But what is Rock fish?!? Sounds like an incredibly hard to eat fishy… 😮

Renegade: The best part of this food is that it’s been designed with us carnivores in mind and you can find out a bit more about this on the Orijen website. But for now… humans where is my bowl and food!

Renegade: Oh…. is that a new scoop for my food? And hold on a second… the  bowl for my food is missing?!? Do you expect me to eat from the floor?

Renegade: Hmmmmm did you really just put my food into that mouse thingy…?

Renegade: Aaaaargh! I’ll have to work for my food now?!?

Renegade: Maybe if I pull it here? Or there… or over here! @_@

Renegade: Right… it appears I’ll have to draw onto my ancient hunting instincts to get to this food today!

Renegade: At last! I managed to get to the food and it’s most certainly delicious. 😀 But you all are probably now wondering what the mouse shaped item is all about?

Renegade: Well… my humans considered that since they went for a food that’s aligned to our tummies and carnivore nature it would also be a great idea to make the act of eating this food more in line with our natural instincts!

Renegade: This is why they’ve decided to feed me with the Doc & Phoebe’s  Co Indoor Hunting Feeder  (formerly known as nobowl feeder) which are designed with our natural hunting instincts in mind.

Renegade: And I’ve to say it certainly was a lot more fun to eat my dinner today! (Despite my constant complaining…) In fact my siblings apparently have trialled this in the past and you can find out more about it here:

Oliver & Nubia: Oh juicy mouse!

Renegade: But we won’t stop here! As you know our humans and us felines at Katzenworld are dedicated to improve the welfare of all cats out there so we will be showing you more of this product as a means of environmental enrichment through our kibble reviews this years. 😀

Signed by,

His Meowjesty Prince Renegade the Creator of Chaos and Grandest of Connoisseurs

Purrsday Poetry: Frightened, Curious Eyes

Hi everyone,

Please find below the latest entry in Purrsday Poetry by Syedah Maryam Iqbal:

It was peeking outside, through the rusted hole,

With its frightened, curious eyes,

The world appeared unexplored to it,

It was unaware of any lurking dangers,

Hunting for the inquisitive souls.

Lurking dangers that learned to tear down,

That wanted no more to stand as rivals,

That fought all and survived,

But survived, for how long?

The new frightened, curious eyes,

Held better chances of survival,

More days and nights to witness everything,

Their watchers were aware so they helped,

Shunning away all that appeared threatening, breath taking.

They stood as a guarding wall in the face of all perils,

But guarded, for how long?

The frightened, curious eyes have to go on and coexist on their own

They have to come out of their safe abode,

Sharpening their claws, getting equipped for the hunters,

Fighting against all their frights,

Facing every soul that appears blight,

The unexplored world offers them to learn a lot,

But learned, for how long?


This poem first appeared on writcrit.

If you would like to enter your own poems for Purrsday Poetry don’t forget to email info@katzenworld.co.uk

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