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By Chris Stalker V.N.

The Society of Feline Artists
The Society of Feline Artists will hold their London exhibition 3rd-22nd September 2007 (Open Monday to Saturday until 7.30pm every evening).

The twelfth annual Exhibition for the Society of Feline artists will feature the work of over 50 members of our prestigious Society. The show includes pictures in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, etchings – making it the largest exhibition of feline art in the country. All paintings are for sale with a price range from £80.00 - £2500, with the majority being under £750.

Every aspect of the cat’s character is painted – beauty, independence, individuality, nobility and of course, a touch of mischief. Cats have always provided comfort and amusement for the human race and have been an inspiration to artists over the centuries. From the sophistication of the superior pedigrees, such as the Chinchilla, Persian, Burmese, Birman, Siamese and Abyssinian - to the charm of the friendly domestic tabby or tom. From the playful kitten to the wild cat – the styles and techniques are as various as the numbers of different breeds.

This exhibition is an important date for the London Diary in 2007, and is keenly anticipated by cat lovers and collectors around the world. David Grant, the celebrity vet, will open the exhibition this year.

For further information and an invitation to the exhibition, contact:
TELEPHONE: 020 7620 1322/4 - WEBSITE: www.llewellynalexander.com

A pipe and slippers sort of cat!

I thought you would enjoy seeing the photo of my tabby and white cat, Dixon, relaxing at home – in his slippers! He has not yet taken to smoking a pipe, but enjoys a spot of R&R! He is coming up to 11 years this summer and is still a great hunter and tree climber. However, perhaps he feels it is time to take it easy in the evenings, now that he is a ‘senior cat’!


Kylie the Kleptomaniac
My thanks to Sue Amor, for sending the story below, about one of her cats, called kylie.
“Many years ago, before I knew any better, I used to have a lovely tabby point Siamese girl called Kylie. I let her have three litters with the local tabby tom and they were absolutely stunning, healthy kittens. She had complete access to the house and outside and with a full vaccination programme was happy and healthy.

Once I had her spayed however, she developed an anti social habit. She used to love to hunt for treats for her non-existent kittens. This started small with children’s socks and pants regularly coming through the cat flap. Dishcloths were a favourite and the occasional half empty packet of cigarettes and a packed lunch or two. She progressed to bigger things and liked to bring teatowels and woolly hats. She even brought an empty ceramic cereal bowl to us once. I’m not quite sure how she got that through the cat flap! The neighbours got to know her well and would often pop round if something had gone missing to see if Kylie was responsible.

Her piece de resistance though was when we had a visit from a neighbour quite a few doors away enquiring if we’d got his jeans. Apparently she had been seen jumping up at their washing line until she got them off and was seen climbing over the fence at the bottom of their garden. Now these jeans never got as far as us, they must have been very heavy, and I often wonder if he ever found them.

Sadly Kylie is no longer with us but I will never forget her lovely personality and her kleptomanic tendencies.”

More Maneki Neko (Japanese Lucky Cats)
Regular readers will recall that last summer I started writing about Maneki Neko. To recap: The figurines come in different designs and are called Maneki Neko. These cats are depicted as sitting upright with either one or two front paws raised.

My own cat is gold coloured but they also come in white, red and tricolours. They can be made of wood, china and more recently, plastic. The cats are popular with shop keepers and as a lucky charm in Japanese homes. They are believed to bring luck, fortune and happiness.

Thr Maneki Neko cat has a red collar with a bell. This is reminiscent of the custom during the Edo era (1603 - 1868). A cat was an expensive pet up until the middle of the Edo era. The affluent ladies cherished their cats. They gave their beloved cats red collars made of Hi-chiri-men (a luxury item in Edo era) and small bells to keep an eye on their cats. The typical pose of the ‘waving cat’ is actually reminiscent of a cat washing its face. This pose is seen by the Japanese as a welcoming gesture of beckoning.

At the Shropshire Show, Mr & Mrs Nall, who show their Orientals, gave me a Japanese drawing of the ‘Birthday Maneki Neko’ (pictured).
They are collecting this charming set of 12 cats.

I also had a letter from another OUR CATS’ reader, Jackie Humble, who bought a Meneki Neko from a Japanese Charity stall last summer – see the photo on the right. Jackie says a couple of months ago she won some money at a cat show and since has won a couple of £10 prizes on the National Lottery – so he has already become a good investment as he originally cost just £10!

Twice as nice!
Congratulations to Anna Virtue on her fantastic success at the Wessex show. Her beautiful Burmese won his fifth Imperial Grand Premier Certificate at the show on 3rd March – giving him the title of UK & Imperial Grand Champion & Imperial Grand Premier HOBBERDY HIS LORDSHIP. ‘Bertie’ is believed to be the first cat to become a ‘dual Imperial’.

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