Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Painted Cats

The book this picture came from said some of the paint jobs cost $15,000 and had to be repeated every 3 months as the cat’s hair grows out? It must be nice to have $60,000 a year just to keep your cat painted!

I think I found my new job.


  1. #1 llewelly
    February 15, 2007

    I sure hope the paint is lick-safe for cats.

  2. #2 Judy
    February 15, 2007

    Since this is done by the authors of Why Cats Paint (a definite spoof, containing things like quotes from one ‘Lord Osis’), I presume that Why Paint Cats is also a joke. WCP was a very deadpan joke, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s hard to tell if they’re being serious.

  3. #3 Bob O'H
    February 15, 2007

    They’ll be doing hillsides next.


  4. #4 Diane in Ohio
    February 15, 2007

    Bob you are soooo no the mark!! The official Xinhua News Agency estimated the cost of the paint job at $60,600 (U.S.) and quoted villagers saying that if spent on actual plants and trees, the money could have restored a far greater area of barren mountain.

    Lookie here:

  5. #5 John McKay
    February 15, 2007

    That job better come with some serious healthcare–at least an unlimited supply of iodine and bandages.

  6. #6 Heidi
    February 15, 2007

    Snopes already covered it. Too bad.

    I combed some food coloring into my cat’s fur once – the only bits that lasted for any length of time were on the back of her head where she couldn’t get at it well. It was a St Patrick’s Day thing. I put a green stripe in my bleached blonde hair and one on my cat :-)

  7. #7 Max Kaehn
    February 15, 2007

    Take a look at the notes at the start or end of the book (I forget where). It claims to be an experiment in morphic resonance.

  8. #8 David Harmon
    February 16, 2007

    I have to admit that when I saw the book in the bookstore, I fell for the spoof. On reflection though — sure, some cats will put up with people fooling with their fur, but not their whiskers, and some of those pics show cats with “painted” whiskers. Then too, cats have a strictly limited short attention span, and many of those designs are just too complex to manage in less than 20 minutes. Let alone the effects of disarranged fur, especially on a longhair! (I just came home from a week-long trip, and brushed out masses of hair & dust from my kitty that rivaled her in total size!)

  9. #9 JPS
    February 17, 2007

    Apparently there doing the same things for pandas!

  10. #10 Crystal Storey
    February 24, 2007

    I had no clue how beautifull your art is until I opened up a fowarded e-mail today. Someone sent me some of your pictures and I was amazed, cats are naturally beautifull and serene but I must say WOW beautifull work. I love the one with the painted tail that looks like tribal art and the butterfly’s awsom! Keep up the Excellent work.
    AKA Crystal