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The other day, my cat Bubba Lee Kinsey ate too many treats and threw up on the kitchen floor. As usual, I grabbed some paper towels and went after it, but before I wiped it up, I noticed the puke puddle was shaped vaguely like a cat. Had my creative kitty just barfed up his own self-portrait? I didn’t think about it too long; within 10 seconds, Bubba’s masterpiece was languishing in the garbage can. But I do love thinking that my cat may be an artistic visionary longing to discover untapped resources for creative expression.

Fortunately, there are many (less disgusting) ways for your cat to express her inner Paw-casso. Featuring a cat who plays with an iPad and a blind cat who paints, these videos have kitties who are certainly feline artistic. (Sorry, I had to.)

1. Kitty-Casso Paint Kit

The aptly named Kitty-Casso Paint Kit for Cats really ran with an idea I should have thought of years ago: Artwork “painted” by your cats makes a great gift. All you’ve gotta do is splatter some paper with some multicolored paint, cover it with plastic, and get your kitty to walk on it by luring her with a laser pointer. Voila! Art! Also: There’s no mess.

2. Blind artistic genius

Mr. Magoo is a nine-year-old kitty who lives at Valley Animal Center in Fresno, California. The handsome gray-and-white fella loves to stomp around in colorful, nontoxic paint to express his artistic vision, even though this creative genius happens to be blind. The shelter uses Mr. Magoo’s artwork to raise money and awareness for special-needs pets.

3. Tigers love to paint

To raise funds at their annual Fur Ball auction, Big Cat Rescue, a sanctuary in Tampa, Florida, let their tiger, lynx, and leopard residents rub their toes, noses, and faces in colorful, nontoxic children’s fingerpaints to create abstract pieces of frameable artwork. I don’t know about you, but if I owned original artwork by a white tiger, I’d post that awesomeness on Instagram, like, daily. 

4. iPad Paint for Cats

I like to think of these iPad apps as art school for cats. Before they move on to actual paint and paper, this gives them the chance to virtually master their technique — and look adorably ridiculous doing it.

5. Cat portrait

Turning the tables a bit, here’s the sped-up (and rather impressive) video of a human drawing a cat’s portrait. For some reason, the cats I draw never look like this; in fact, they still look the same as they did when I was in first grade and I first discovered how to draw a cat. Guess I’ll just hire this guy when I need to immortalize Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix. I hope he can make them look like pirates sailing the high seas.

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About Angela: This not-crazy-at-all cat lady loves to lint-roll her favorite dress and go out dancing. She also frequents the gym, the vegan coffee joint, and the warm patch of sunlight on the living room floor. She enjoys a good cat rescue story about kindness and decency overcoming the odds, and she’s an enthusiastic recipient of headbutts and purrs from her two cats, Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix.

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Happy Horse Rolls Around the Grass

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Lindy is one happy horse. The air is fresh, the grass is green and she can roll around on the ground all day long. What more could a mare want?

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4 Ways I Help My Cats Survive the Winter

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Even though they’re covered in a layer of fur that grows magically thicker over the winter months, my cats hate the cold just as much as I do, spending much of their time fused either to me or my boyfriend, the nearest heater, or each other for warmth. When the temperature dips perpetually below freezing and it sucks even to walk from the bedroom to the kitchen without socks and a hoodie, my cats and I make an unspoken pact: Let’s help each other through this BS. 

Bubba Lee Kinsey napping on the floor in front of the heater. I tried to put a bed there, but he refused to use it.

The ways my cats help me are pretty obvious: Their adorable faces warm my cold, cold heart, and their thick, luxurious belly floof reminds me that, in only a few short weeks, the cold will snap, and I will once again be vacuuming tufts of gray and white fur from every corner of my home. Here are four ways I return the favor and help my cats get through the winter.

1. Acquiring an electric blanket

My cats Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix snuggle atop the electric blanket I acquired primarily for them.

One of my Christmas gifts from my mom this year was a soft, chocolate-colored electric blanket. For years I’ve resisted purchasing an electric blanket, telling myself I was too strong for such an indulgence — but when my mom asked me if I wanted one, I jumped at the chance, primarily because I was thinking of my cats. Bubba Lee Kinsey is nearly 14 years old and occasionally troubled by arthritis, so I figured sleeping on the blanket would help soothe his joints. 

To be fair, I use the blanket every day; each morning, I say, “Time to fire up the blanket!” in a southern accent before snuggling beneath it to do my work. Unbeknownst to the cats, this is all part of my plan. Every time I purchase a bed specifically for them, they won’t go near it, but if something belongs exclusively to me or my boyfriend, I can’t keep them away from it — take, for example, our shoes and dirty laundry. Right now, Phoenix is napping on my lap, soaking up the heat rays from the fired-up blanket. I win.

2. Always turning on the space heater

Bubba Lee Kinsey snuggles up in front of the space heater, which I turn on solely for his comfort.

My boyfriend and I have central heat in our home, so the space heater is not absolutely necessary for our comfort the way it was in my drafty, turn-of-the-century old apartment. But every day I turn it on because Bubba Lee Kinsey likes to nap beside it, his paws mere centimeters from the scalding hot metal. Bonus: When Bubba gets really warm and toasty, motorboating his belly floof is a magical activity that instantly warms me from head to toe.  

3. Never denying snuggles

If Bubba Lee Kinsey wants winter snuggles, I will never say no.

No matter how busy I am or what I’m doing — typing on my laptop, eating cereal, going to the bathroom — if my cats want snuggles, I’m going to acquiesce to their request. Occasionally this means putting my phone down mid-text or accidentally flinging a yogurt-covered spoon across the couch, but these are sacrifices I’m willing to make. It’s science: A warm, purring kitty on your lap instantly makes winter suck less for everyone involved.

4. Not putting up a Christmas tree

Behold, our 2014 Christmas tree.

For several weeks, my boyfriend and I debated how to handle the impending Christmas tree situation. We vetoed a real tree because they shed needles, which the cats would inevitably eat. Given Bubba Lee Kinsey’s history (he’s been known to tackle trees that were seemingly out of his reach in a single bound), we weren’t sure an expensive artificial tree was the best route, either.

By the time we settled on getting a small tree and putting it on top of the bookshelf, Christmas was already upon us, so my boyfriend purchased a tiny, glittery, tree-shaped cutout from the Dollar General and tied it to the top of our floor-to-ceiling lamp. It’s still there, a daily reminder that when it comes to arguments, my cats always win without saying a word.

How do you help your cats survive the winter? Let us know in the comments!

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10 Ways Dog Adoption Improves Your Life

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Family Clothes and Personal Items My Cats Use as Beds

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Our cats love us and can become attached to anything that bears our scent. I’ve noticed our three cats have latched on to particular personal items belonging to the human family members in our home. It’s sweet, really; however, sometimes they refuse to move. That’s usually when we give in and wear something else. It is all about the cats’ comfort, after all. 

Here are five of my family’s personal articles the cats just can’t get enough of:

1. Phoebe: My son’s backpack

“I feel smarter already.”

This is true for most anything that smells like my son, but she has a special fondness for his backpack … probably because it’s a bag. Not probably. Definitely. 

Phoebe hijacks the pack as soon as he drops it, and proceeds to snuggle in for a nap. And when he actually needs to use it, and asks her to remove herself, she pretends like she doesn’t hear him. Strange how all cats have that “selective hearing” thing, huh?

2. Phoebe: My cardigans

“What? I’m chilly.”

I’m a cardigan girl, and personally think it’s one of my best qualities. You see, temperature variances are unavoidable, and with a cardigan, you’re always prepared. I think I have about eight of them, in a variety of colors and levels of warmth. I just said goodbye to “Old Gray,” the best, most trustworthy cardigan I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. She stood strong for 15 or more years, and only last year became threadbare. She’s still hanging in my closet, though. I haven’t come to terms with sending her on to that big Target in the sky.

Because of my cardigan obsession, there are frequently one or two laying around the house. I think Phoebe is a cardigan girl as well because she zones in on their locations and immediately claims them as her own. I always knew she was smart.

3. Cosmo: Dirty socks

Jealous sock-lover lurking in the background.

Cosmo is my boy, but he’s kind of gross sometimes. In fact, I’ve written about my beloved weirdo’s grossness right here on Catster. He loves the socks, especially ones that are properly “seasoned.” My husband has a habit of taking off his socks at night and dropping them beside his chair in the living room. Cosmo looks forward to this time of the evening. He’s also especially fond of my teenage son’s socks, which also gather on the floor. And as anyone knows, teenage boys’ socks are the crown jewel of all stinky socks.

4. Saffy: Anything of my husband’s

“I just needed an extra coat.”

Saffy’s a total daddy’s girl, and frequently nests on anything that belongs to dear old dad. It’s really kind of cute to hear him happen upon her and baby talk while he moves her from his coat. She doesn’t care about the baby talk, and gives him a raspy reply with her old lady meow. She always forgives him, though.

5. Cosmo: My robe

“My sweet.”

Cosmo frequently “makes biscuits” on my cushy purple robe. I really don’t blame him — it’s quite cozy and I do smell pretty good most of the time. He sometimes initiates a more intimate relationship with it, though. You know what I mean — the twitchy hips and all. My robe has been violated by that cat more times than I can count. Who am I to judge that kind of love?

Is your cat partial to one or more of your personal articles? Tell us about it in the comments! 

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food. 

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