Cat of the Week #10: Tard, the grumpy cat.

Cats are loved by the internet. On the last week, one new cat had gone viral through a Reddit post. Meet Tard, the grumpy cat.

The picture that sparks the fame of a grumpy cat named Tard.

Tard is the daughter of two common housecats. Her name originated from “tartar sauce”. She is around 9 months old when her picture went viral.

Another angle of Tard with a grumpy face.

She might look like a snowshoe, but she is not.

"Nothing to see here, move along." Tard sitting with a grumpy look.

The owner suspects that she is a dwarf kitty. Her back legs don’t work well and she tends to fall over. Good news are Tard’s personality is not as grumpy as her look and the personality that she portrays is the same as a normal cat.

Tard's a dwarf kitty, a very cute dwarf kitty.

Even though her movements are not as agile as normal cats, she is cute!

Tard is in the middle of a good belly rub.

A short clip of grumpy cat’s belly rub time!

Aside from Tard being the special one in the litter, there is another cat having the same mutation: her brother, Pokey the tuxedo. Regardless of their appearance, they are living a good life.

Meet Pokey the tuxedo, Tard's brother. Together we have grumpy cats.

This is the picture of Pokey and Tard’s mother. Apparently she looks like a normal calico.

Tard's parents are actually two normal looking cats. This is Tard's mom.

More videos of Tard the grumpy cat can be found here.

 

Cat of the Week #9: The cat with crown

Tokuhiro Kawai (川井徳寛) is a surrealist painter from Tokyo. He creates fairy-tale like surreal paintings through traditional oil techniques. His creations are beautiful, dramatic, fun and fascinating but one of his painted subject might have exceed him in gaining recognition on the cyberspace: the bicolor scottish fold king cat with crown.

The first oil painting of the Scottish fold living the dream. ("Idea of a Certain Cat", 2004, Oil and Tempera on Board)

The cat in the painting looks familiar to you? Maybe it is because you have seen the other famous painting in reddit / tumblr / facebook / pinterest / blogs:

If a cat understands the concept of royalty, will this be a cat's default portrayal? ("飼い猫の幻視 / Tame Cat’s Delusion", 2006, Oil on Canvas)

Tokuhiro Kawai told Vice that “Tame Cat’s Delusion” is a painted scene showing the eternal fulfillment of the cat who desires to be the boss of the world and being crowned by angels and becomes a king. More cats in the same style:

More cats! Glorious cats doing the best they can in whatever cats do. ("燻る思考たち / Smolder Thinking", 2008, Oil on Canvas)

Sometimes we will think: how do cats actually perceive everything around them? Is it all about living a simple life or they think they rule everything? Where do these cherubs come from?

The Scottish fold living the life. ("猫のなりわい / The occupation of a cat" 2010, oil on canvas)

The cats look cute and real because of their well painted furs, cats’ expressions and the artist’s oil painting technique. All details add up to a lively cute cat with thoughts of its own.

The scottish fold being portrayed as the one who has drumstick in mind. ("それぞれの思考 / Each idea", 2005, oil and tempera on board)

The scottish fold with crown is a crowd’s favorite for it expresses the cat’s thoughts and feeling well. One of the netizen tried to dress a look-alike pet cat with red handkerchief but the result is hilarious.

When life imitates art, hilarity ensues. Note: The real cat is not the cat in the painting.

We are not sure if Tokuhiro Kawai’s scottish fold is based on a real Scottish fold. We hope it is; based on the cat’s colour pattern on the series are quite consistent. For now, all we knew is that Tokuhiro Kawai had 2 family cats in his life: the first cat lived for 16 years until Tokuhiro Kawai is 12 years old and the second cat lived for 19 years since Tokuhiro Kawai was 17. He no longer keeps a cat so cat is not the main subject in his paintings… for now.

Check out Tokuhiro Kawai’s other artworks at this site and also his blog. His cat-less paintings are awesome too.

Cat of the Week #8: Puneo and Kuchi

Puneo and Kuchi (ぷねお&くっちぃ; together known as Punekuchi) are two tabby brothers from Japan. We love cats with fun-to-watch habits so we really adore this pair of cat brothers that enjoy to sit side by side with each other.

Kuchi the tabby on the left; Puneo with white socks on the right.

Puneo and Kuchi are always together. They share the same interest and something about them never change after reaching adulthood.

Puneo and Kuchi likes to hangout on the table, in front of the food, watching.

When the brothers were young, they like to watch their owner eat.

"Focus!" Young Puneo and Kuchi likes to watch their owner eat.

The brothers might be physically different but their habits remain the same.

Apparently food watching is their entertainment. Maybe it is because of the anticipation that motivates them to sit and stare? Don’t worry, their diet is always cat food.

Food watching is a serious business for Puneo and Kuchi.

Puneo and Kuchi try to analyze a cup of sorbet.

Aside from food sharing, they have some cute habits that they kept since they were young.

Puneo the kitten being the big spoon with a paw on top of Kuchi.

Puneo enjoys to be the big spoon for Kuchi?

Kuchi stole some sips from the cup while Puneo did what a kitten does best: clueless plus alert.

The adult version Kuchi stealing some sips. Look how huge Kuchi has grown.

The brothers shared some funny moments too.

Due to some circumstances, Puneo and Kuchi ended up wearing the cone of shame.

How did this happen? Puneo and Kuchi watch anime with the cone of shame.

We love Puneo and Kuchi. To know more about them, check out their photo gallery and youtube channel (even though they have been semi-active for a while).

Cat of the Week #7: Real kitty coin banks

Most of us are familiar with Strapya’s Itazura Kitty Coin Bank (Itazura = prank). It’s a cute coin bank resembling a cardboard box with a tiny fish tray on top. Put your coin on the fish tray, the box will meow “nyan~” and followed by a plastic cat peeping out of the box and took your coin in with its left hand with another “nyan~” as a kthxbai.

This action based kitty coin bank attracts a lot of attention from human and animals.

Choko the cat demonstrating the correct way to use the Itazura coin bank.

Some cats know how to use Kitty coin bank repetitively for own amusement.

Although some are a little bit aggressive.

The hype of Itazura coin bank also inspired a fun new game for the cats and owners. With a cut up cardboard box that simulates the coin bank, a cat, and loads of coins, you will have a real Itazura kitty coin bank! Daihuku the cat will demonstrate the real Itazura kitty coin bank with a hint of greed: its swiftness depends on the value of yen. The clip was picked up by NHK’s “Good Morning Japan”.

Real kitty coin bank starred Daihuku had sparked a new trend. Cat owners who had watched the clip are eager to create a kitty coin bank for their cats too. Some real kitty coin bank is a little bit too dangerous.

This kitty coin bank is a bit too desperate.

The hole for the kitty coin bank is too small but the game is still fun for the cat.

Small demonstration of real kitty coin bank.

Blooper, blooper, blooper. Not all kitty coin banks are successful.

It is a fun activity for you and your cat. Why not make a banker out of your cats? Some bankers start young.

Have fun!