Friday, November 6, 2015

Mews and Nips: World’s Greatest Cat Painting Sold for $826,000


In 1891, San Francisco millionaire Kate Birdsall Johnson commissioned an artist to paint 42 of her favorite cats. The finished product was six feet by eight feet, 200 pounds and the greatest cat painting in the world. On Tuesday, Sotheby’s put the work up for auction where it was purchased by an anonymous cat lover for $826,000, more than half a million over the estimated value. The story behind the painting is as fascinating as the painting itself – read more about it on

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we launched our biggest and best Holiday Gift Guide for cat lovers yet, on Monday, we busted five common myths about pet insurance, on Tuesday, we told you about what I consider a questionable study of a link between coat color and feline aggression, on Wednesday, I showed you some adorable cat kitchen accessories, and on Friday, I shared some highlights from this year’s Better With Pets Summit. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a SmartCat Ultimate Litter Mat!

A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to Boomer, Didga the skating cat’s new little “brother.” Today, I’m sharing the official Boomer introduction video, and it is beyond cute. Enjoy!

Image via Sotheby’s

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