Cat Project Archives for July 9-13,
9, 2018: "Witches had black cats because white cats
would have left hair all over their clothes." - Atonis244
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?"
Cat Mewvie: THIS is how you do
a TV interview.
Feline Art: "Meowijuana"
by Casey Weldon.
Artist Who Puts Cats in Food.
by Cathy Free
There are mornings when Ksenia Zmanovskaya wakes up in St. Petersburg,
Russia, and realizes that nothing except a tabby smothered with a short
stack of homemade pancakes and hot maple syrup will do.
And then there are afternoons when she wonders about a Persian covered
in chocolate fondant, a Russian blue nestled inside a cozy bowl of potato
chowder and a Sphynx stuffed inside a savory wonton.
What she never imagined, though, was that her Cats in Food photo edits
on Instagram would go viral, with the account already gaining close to
An artist and illustrator, who lives with her cat named Smoky, Ksenia,
22, was inspired six months ago to combine two of her biggest passions — cats
and food — after playing around with Photoshop one day.
Although her first digital image, a pic of a snoozing Smoky tucked inside
a cheeseburger, didn’t get many hits, it wasn’t long before
she’d developed a loyal following after posting doctored photos
of cats stuffed inside taco shells, rolled up in sushi and lounging on
top of a pepperoni pie.
“ I’m a cat lover and can’t imagine not having a cat near me,” Ksenia
tells PEOPLE. “As a creative person, I always wanted to create something
funny, and I enjoy the fact that I’m making people a bit more happy in
life with my photo edits. Hiding cats in food has been a lot of fun.”
Although Smoky has starred in several of her projects, most of her pets
are found in images online. Ksenia then matches the felines with some
of her favorite stock food photos (freshly-baked croissants, tarragon
chicken, blueberry pie), often camouflaging the cats in the cuisine.
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Her most popular pic to date is of a striped orange tabby sprawled in
a frying pan, surrounded by a color-coordinated cream sauce, followed
by a sushi cat, and a feline that shares a plate with a matching croissant.
Ksenia, who recently held her first cat-themed digital art show at a
St. Petersburg cat cafe, recently started designing custom creations
for followers who contact her on Instagram and send her snapshots of
their favorite foods and felines.
Although some have urged her to expand her food combos to include dogs
(a hot dachshund on a bun, anyone?), Ksenia says she’s strictly
a feline foodie. A canine floating in a hot cappuccino, she says, simply
won’t have the same charm. .
10, 2018: "The most effective alarm clock in the world
is your cat throwing up on the rug."
Gratuitous Kittiness: "You shall not pass... unless we get
Cat Mewvie: The Big Snip.
Feline Art: Turn-of-the-century
11, 2018: "Cats loyalty is so under-appreciated. They
can smell drugs just as good as dogs but they ain't snitches." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: All dressed up and nowhere to go.
Cat Mewvie: Sensing the earthquake
before it happens.
Art: Graphic kitty by Romero Britto.
13, 2018: "Cat Heaven and Mouse Hell are probably
the same place." - Ron-Paul-Swanson
Gratuitous Kittiness: Camping with kitty.
Cat Mewvie: Maru and the swing.
Feline Art: "Kopi
Luwak". Artist unknown.
by Mary Ann Bourbeau
Christine Gonzalez never expected her cats to become internet celebrities,
but now that they have, promoting them has become her second job.
“These cats keep me insanely busy,” she said. “I work full
time and commute into New York City. All of my extra time is spent taking pictures
and videos and managing their social media platforms.”
Stache, 4; Teddy, 3; Bindi, 3; and Dexter, 1, are all Oriental Shorthair
cats, distinguished by their almond-shaped eyes, triangular head, oversized
ears and long, slender bodies. Together, they have several hundred thousand
followers who enjoy seeing their daily antics. Gonzalez said the internet
fame all happened by accident.
“I lost a cat to a stroke and I was devastated,” said the Monmouth
County resident. “I didn’t think I would ever get another cat. But
the breeder called me and said they had a cat that no one wanted. He was a little
older and had a mustache. He was funny looking but had a great personality.”
She named him Stache, and in September 2014, a friend posted the cat’s
picture on Reddit. Within 24 hours, the photo received a million hits,
“He made the front page of Reddit and people started making memes,” she
Her Instagram account blew up as well, with thousands of people clamoring
to see what Stache was up to. Then Gonzalez brought Bindi home, an Oriental
Shorthair with a dot in the center of her head. Teddy, who is known for
his gigantic ears, came next, followed by Dexter, a solid black cat with
protruding fangs that make him look like a vampire bat.
“People love to see their pictures and YouTube videos,” she said. “They
visit the page and it brings a smile to their face. The magic powers these cats
have are pretty much immeasurable.”Stache – with his mustache – has
become an internet celebrity with hundreds of thousands of Instagram fans.
Gonzalez describes Stache as highly intelligent and extremely sensitive.
Bindi is the watchman or muscle of the bunch. Teddy is a goofy space
cadet and Dexter is the court jester.
“ The others push him around but he always comes back for more,” she
said. “My house is like a three-ring circus.”
Their looks have often been compared to celebrities. Stache, with his
thick black mustache, has been likened to the late singer Freddie Mercury
and actors Tom Selleck and Adrian Brody. Teddy, who has a distinctive
honk instead of a meow, has been compared to actor Adam Driver and Dobby
from Harry Potter.
“They’re really good cats,” said Gonzalez. “They put
up with a lot. They always have a camera in their face.”
Teddy and Dexter, along with feline internet sensations Nala, Pudge and
Lil’ Bub, appeared at the first Catsbury Park Cat Convention in
Asbury Park in April. At $35 a person, the meet-and-greets with Teddy
and Dexter quickly sold out.
“Some people who meet them literally break down and cry, like they met
the Beatles,” she said. “I tell stories about these cats and people
become very emotionally invested.”
Gonzalez receives messages every day from around the world from people
who enjoy seeing what her cats are up to. While traveling on vacation,
she has met followers who enjoy the latest photos and videos.
“I was in Russia a few years ago and met people who knew my cats,” she
said. “It blew my mind. I’ve made so many friends and met such amazing
people because of this.”
Thanks to the internet fame, Gonzalez now has an agent who filters offers
for live appearances and endorsements, and is considered an animal influencer,
meaning she gets paid by companies for a shout-out on social media. Stache,
Teddy, Bindi and Dexter are even being considered for a new show that
will premiere on Netflix next year.
“I don’t know how long this will last, but I’m definitely enjoying
the ride,” said Gonzalez.
For more information, visit: @hobbikats on Instagram.