Illustration,  Odds and Ends

Sushi and Tiger, and other cats in my life

Whiskers

 
Let’s get this out of the way: I am a crazy cat lady.

Some of you might have noticed a brown tabby cat in my recent Wordless Wednesdays. That’s Tiger, just one of two cats I have. The Illustration Friday drawing prompt for last week was WHISKERS, and while I missed the deadline (hihi- didn’t have time to blog then), I thought it would be a good time to introduce you to my cats as they will be showing up a lot in my work (they already have, actually).

My cat, Sushi

 
This is SUSHI (7 months old). A few months ago, my family and I moved to a new house. Sushi lived in that house; a stray born on the construction site. She never left because the construction workers kept feeding her their leftovers. They named her Maria with a Filipino accent (pronounced “Mar-ya”) and I would see “Maria” hanging around the workers and trying to play with the tape measure when they were measuring stuff. When we moved in and the construction workers left, Maria stayed behind and I changed her name to Sushi (well, it was Susie for a few weeks before I remembered I wanted to name her Sushi). I was happy to finally have a cat I can call my own 😀 Sushi is very affectionate– she likes to sit on laps and will sit there until you push her off, but she also likes to scratch and bite if you pet her for too long.

My cat, Tiger

 
Then there’s TIGER (6 months old). I got Tiger from a friend a month after I adopted Sushi. I came home one day with a new cat, then sneaked her in upstairs to my room (like a 7-year old!) so my cat-hating family (my dad, especially) won’t throw both of us out into the street….. Now my family doesn’t hate cats anymore, and in fact they’ve taken a liking to Tiger in particular as she is super sweet and extremely well-behaved. She’s not a lap cat like Sushi is, but you can pet her as much as you want and she’ll neither bite nor scratch no matter how annoyed she gets. Hahaha.

Crazy little cat lady
Apparently, I was already a crazy cat lady even at 3 years old.

 
Before Sushi and Tiger came along, I’ve already made a number of doodles and sketches (see my Tumblr sketch blog) featuring cats:

Cat doodles
Cat doodles
Cat doodles
Oh yes, I already had a cat name picked out before I even knew I was going to get a cat.

 
I love cats– they’re so entertaining and amusing and I like how, unlike dogs, they only do things because they want to, and not because another person expects them to. They have a mind of their own and don’t care what others think. Cats probably appeal to me because I’m like that, too (also, I like sleeping). When I grow up, I want to be a cat. All they do is eat, sleep, play, poop, and sleep some more. Sounds good to me!

It’s been 3 months since I’ve been an cat owner (cat slave? I clean their litter box and flush down their poop and spend my money on cat food and vet expenses) and more and more, cats have found their way into my sketches, doodles, Instagram photos, and even finished work.

Cats\
 
Cats

 
Some illustration advice I received recently which I’m passing on to illustrators, designers, and other creatives who happen to be reading: “If you want to do _____, have _____ in your portfolio.” Makes sense. Personal work also leads to paid work, so here’s to more doodles and drawings of cats (cat haters be warned!), for fun and profit! :3

Do you have cats, too? I wanna see! Post a link to a picture below or share a photo of your cats on my Facebook page 🙂 (Note: my cats are spayed, so don’t bother matching up your tomcats with mine– we’re not accepting kitty suitors :P)

12 Comments

  • Lorra

    It’s so nice how destiny finally decided to give you not just one cat, but two! I also want cats, especially the white Turkish Van (fave ko talaga si Shironeko) and the Scottish Fold, but no one in my family, present or future, like cats as well.

    Feeling nila evil daw!

    But I think you’re right. They really just have a mind of their own and they only do things that they want to do.

    Sana one day I’ll get the chance to have a cat as well, kasama ng future French bulldog at Corgi ko. :)))

    • Reg

      Evil is a misconception! They’re just smart and sly and cunning… and totally cute! 😀 I prefer feral cats (that is apparently the politically-correct term for stray/street cats/pusakal) than purebreds as they’re less finicky and less sakitin. Although gusto ko din ng Maine Coon 😀 And di ako dog person but it WOULD be cute kung may aso ka din at friends sila ng cat mo! 😀

  • Hogi

    Even though I’m more of a dog person, I’m still fascinated by cats. Well, not fascinated enough to own one, anyway. Haha, funny lang na Sushi has the same name as my dog’s sister (owned by my best friend). Japanese Spitz kasi sila, so my best friend named our dogs Sushie (yes, with an E para pa-cute), Makie and Terie (short for Teriyaki). I own Terie.
    Had I known you’re a cat person pala, ikaw na sana ang natanungan ko about anyone willing to adopt cats. I have a friend kasi whose cat gave birth, and she was looking for homes for the kittens.

    • Reg

      How funny, Maki was going to be Tiger’s name (if not Sashimi) but when I got Tiger, she was already named and I decided not to change it anymore 🙂 Match sana sila ni Sushi din 😀

      Don’t tell me anymore if someone has kitties that need adopting. I will be tempted to and my cats (and parents) will not be happy about it! 😛

  • Kristine

    Being loved by a cat is the nicest feeling! I hope you had Sushi and Tiger spayed. Unwanted kitties are such a big problem (as I’m sure you know).

    • Reg

      Hi Kristine! 🙂 Being loved by a dog is easy but by a cat– it’s rewarding and it makes you feel smug that the cat even likes you. Hahaha. Sushi has already been spayed. Tiger will be spayed in a few weeks so consider it done!

  • Ea

    i LOVE cats! back then i had a bicolor and a ginger one. they always seem to fall or get lost in our house. now i have a mommy and her 3 kittens. 🙂

    • Reg

      Love love love cats. I don’t care much for dogs. Hehe. It must be extra adorable to have kittens in the house! Di ko naabutan sina Sushi and Tiger at the peak of their tiny little kitteh stage 🙂

  • - Wenk.

    I took a chance and visited your post even if I have been warned to stay away… and your illustrations are so cute!!! I still don’t want cats (ever), but I don’t mind looking at photos of yours. 😛

    • Reg

      Thank you, you’re such a good friend 😛 I’m the same way with dogs– I don’t mind looking at photos of them but in real life? Meh. Hehehe 😀

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