We scoured deep into the interwebs to share Cats Like You’ve Never Seen Before, a vintage mix of pics with a message.
Dating from 1903, this black cat may not be feeling lucky. You can be sure there is a story about a cat lady here.
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This image, dated 1887 from a Dutch importer of wine and spirits is still in business but I doubt they have mousers. It’s impossible to know what the status of the cat in the photograph is but the grouping of men is posed. I’d like to think the man holding the cat is on friendly terms with her. The cat seems comfortable being held by one hand and a mere mouser would not warrant being front and center for an important photo.
When I came across this antique photo with the caption “Four of Us”, it begged for a new caption. Sadly, shelter euthanasia stats are still scary high. A hundred years ago, disposing of kittens was by drowning or poisonous gas. We have more humane methods of killing now but there is only one solution: SPAY or NEUTER all cats.
I love vintage cat collectibles and this is an easy DIY project if you have a thrift shop find or an orphan plate in your kitchen. Black cat ceramic decor items were popular from the Victorian era to the 1960s with their peak in the ’20s. If you enjoy collecting vintage cat items, now is a good time to invest in them while they’re reasonably priced. I predict there will be a greater demand in the coming years. I’ve found good quality pieces for next to nothing at thrift shops and online.