“Those with feelings wondrous kind

Can love with kittens every time.”

–Louis Wain (Clerkenwell 1860-1939 St. Albans, England) illustrator

The love of cats is undeniably international, as cats are a part of 57% of households world-wide (at least according to one statistic I recently read).  Created in 2002, International Cat Day, August 8th celebrates our love of cats and reminds us that we are their only advocates.

So how did you celebrate International Cat Day?  Did you give your cat extra love? Dole out a few extra cat treats? Entice your cat to play with a new cat toy?  Did you donate to a favorite cat charity, or volunteer at an animal shelter?  Please let me know using the comment box below.  I am looking forward to sharing your responses in the coming days.

In the meantime, I leave you with a few of my favorite international drawings from the Caticons collection, some of which aren’t even in the book.

“Chat et Chaton (Cat and Kitten),” Tsuguharu Foujita (Tokyo 1886-1968 Zürich), c. 1934 watercolor and pen and ink, 11-1/4 x 12-1/2 inches.

Japanese/French artist Tsuguharu Foujita’s cats never fail to delight me, because they are just SO happy.  This cat and kitten both have smiling, contented expressions on their faces and I love the cut squiggle on the paw.

“Those With Feelings Wondrous Kind Can Love With Kitties Ever Blind,” Louis Wain (Clerkenwell 1860-1939 St. Albans, England), 1920, pen and black ink on paper, 7 x 6 inches.

British artist Louis Wain’s “The Happy Cat” is also an instant jolt of cat joy, especially poignant given Wain suffered from mental illness.  Note the mirror writing which is quoted at the beginning of the blog.

“A Pussycat,” Henriëtte Ronner-Knip (Amsterdam 1821-1909 Ixelles, Belgium), 1903, pen and black ink on paper, 4-3/8 x 4-3/8 inches.

Dutch artist Henriette Ronner-Knip, the Queen of Cat Painters, created this sweet drawing of a resting kitten.  I love the kitten’s direct friendly gaze and can almost hear the contented purr.

“Very Happy Cats,” Danielle Reyers (contemporary b. Nice, France), late-20C, charcoal on paper, 13-1/2 x 20 inches.

In French artist Danielle Reyers’ work “Very Happy Cats,” happiness is sleeping peacefully all together.

Happy International Cat Day!

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