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Purr-fect ‘Paw-cassos’: Cat art goes on sale

27 November 2013
Purr-fect ‘Paw-cassos’: Cat art goes on sale Unique artwork created by cats will go on sale this Saturday (30 November) to raise money for the charity Cats Protection.

Produced by feline residents at the charity’s Belfast Adoption Centre, the virtual paintings were made using a tablet and a painting app so the artistic felines could express their creativity without getting their paws dirty.

The unusual project has provided the rescue cats with hours of stimulation and enjoyment and will hopefully help raise vital funds so the charity can continue to help other cats and kittens this winter.

"We always knew our cats were special but I really didn’t realise the wealth of untapped talent here,” explained Bel Livingstone, manager of the adoption centre. “Everyone’s welcome to come along and view the cat art on display and of course take the opportunity to meet the artists.”

Volunteer Valeria Higgins, who initiated the project, added: "The cats displayed very different artistic styles. Some were very keen to start painting and would cover the whole canvas within a matter of seconds, while others would look at the screen and ponder what they wanted to draw – ending up with just a single paw print in the middle of the painting. All the art work is totally unique.”

One of the feline Paw-cassos currently in need of a new home is affectionate three-year-old puss, Banjo, whose intricate use of blobs and splotches combined with his pleasing colour combinations, makes for a thought-provoking piece that would look good on any wall.

There are 39 paintings available with prices starting from £1 for a small print and framed paintings for £10. The art will be on sale at Cats Protection’s Belfast Adoption Centre this Saturday (30 November), at 270 Belfast Road, Dundonald, BT16 1UE.

Cats Protection’s Belfast Adoption Centre is part of the charity’s national network of 257 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres which helps over 218,000 cats and kittens each year.

For more information about the work of charity, or to enquire about adopting a cat, please visit the website at www.cats.org.uk

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For further information, including video, photos, images of the artwork, or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911 or email

Notes to editors:

1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 218,000 unwanted cats each year through a national network of 257 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres.

2. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). The charity’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

3. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.

4. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk