Caturday felid trifecta: Frazzled cat; Cat calms kitten; the world’s best job: full-time cat sitter (and lagniappe)

Welcome to the Hawaii edition of Caturday Felids, though there’s nothing especially Hawaiian about it. I welcome readers’ submissions of Hawaiian cat material for next week’s production.

From Colossal we have a display of artwork by Luis Coelho, who draws lovely cats (and other beasts) using pointillist dots and cross-hatched lines. (Coelho has more drawings on his web shop and Instagram, where he accepts commissions.) The origin of his style is cool:

Illustrator Luis Coelho uses cross-hatching and stippling to form wide-eyed and bushy-tailed cats, armadillos, and flying squirrels. The seemingly surprised stylized animals are built using carefully placed short lines that build texture and volume. Coelho, who lives in his hometown of Guimarães, Portugal, shares with Colossal that he has had a lifelong affinity for art. After studying painting and illustration in college and in Barcelona, he explored other paths for several years. Coelho returned to art in seeking the meditative qualities of the practice:

One day I gave both my two nieces a blank sheet and I told them that they would have to decide what animals should appear on those white papers and that then I would have to draw those animals for them. I also told that those animals would be the guardians of their dreams and whenever they needed to get out of a nightmare they just needed to call them. What I didn’t know at that moment was that those two drawings marked the very beginning of the style that I’m working today.

And some cats (and an armadillo) in that style:

You can see a video of how Coelho works on his Instagram page.

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Well, this is one way to calm a rambunctious kitten. The YouTube notes say this:

Occurred on September 27, 2017 / Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam A cat keeps its paw on the head of a much smaller kitten.
Okay . . .

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 We finally get some interesting news from the Guardian (click on screenshot):

Matt Weatherall makes his living staying at other people’s houses and looking after their cats. For that he gets to live in London for free, and gets paid for taking care of the moggies. It also helps quash his social anxiety disorder. Sweet gig! Matt describes it:

For me, cat sitting is about connecting two groups of people who need what the other can offer. I get to stay in a person’s home while they’re on holiday. The owners get free cat sitting. It also means that there is someone to keep an eye on their home, which gives extra peace of mind, especially if they’re away for a while.

I have always loved cats, and their relaxed temperament makes them ideal companions for someone who works from home, alone. It seemed a fairer exchange than just watering plants, but less of a commitment than dogs, who need walking. There are also a lot more cats in London, because they take up less space. I did try live-in dog sitting once, but a snappy chihuahua kept going for my ankles. I’m more of a cat person.

Some cats prefer to mind their own business, but others will come and sit on my feet or my lap. To date I’ve stayed in 25 houses, looked after 30 cats and saved about £10,000 that would have gone on rent. I’m booked 90% of the time, and fill any gaps by crashing at my mum’s in Kent or travelling; I spent last Christmas in Bali.

Matt also reveals a few downsides of his lifestyle, but mostly it’s all good.

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Lagniappe: from Sora News 24, cat-shaped sandals from Japan. Click on screenshot to see the many styles, and note that the sandals have tails!

h/t: Tom, Michael, Ginger K.

5 Comments

  1. BJ
    Posted June 22, 2019 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Holy shit I want Matt’s job. I’m serious. I would take a very low salary just to have it. I often do it for free for friends and family. They’ll go away on vacation and just ask me to feed the cats, and I’ll instead spend two hours at their house just to keep the cats company.

    And then I’ll often return at night just to keep them some more company. Maybe they’re keeping me company…

    • EdwardM
      Posted June 22, 2019 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      Last month my next door neighbors went on a trip so I took care of their kitty. We had a great time but now he won’t leave. He shows up at my door mewing to come in whenever he gets out. It’s all my fault. I’ve got to stop giving him treats and scritching his head (he’s a good cat) when he pops in. But it’s hard

      • rickflick
        Posted June 22, 2019 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

        My daughter moved to a new house with her two cats. She was gone most of the day but the cats didn’t seem to mind. They were being entertained and fed treats by the children in the next house. Eventually, the cats just decided to stay at the neighbors. My daughter, though, has 3 dogs that are going nowhere.

      • BJ
        Posted June 22, 2019 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

        Awww! He’s bonded to you now. Nothing you can do 🙂

  2. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted June 22, 2019 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    That Vietnam cat keeping the kitty quiet is impressive. I doubt whether the kitty likes it, but it appears effective.
    IIRC there was a rodent plague in Vietnam, because they ate all (virtually all) their cats. It is illegal now, but cats are still illegally eaten. Their flesh/meat is (surprise surprise) supposed to have aphrodisiac properties.
    [Human ED is responsible for so much animal (near) extinction. I think Silfadenil, Tadalafil and the like should be distributed for free (or at least be subsidised) in those countries for the benefit of tigers, rhinos and several other species. These products have the added advantage of being actually effective.]


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