Tag: feral cats

Fab Ferals – Drawings of Actual Feral Cats

"Oreo" Fab Feral Drawing #1
“Oreo” Fab Feral Drawing #1

T.S. Eliot wrote poems about a colony of cats that eventually were compiled into the book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Andrew Lloyd Weber adapted the poems into the musical Cats, which was the second longest-running show in Broadway history. I read once that the poems were inspired by an actual colony of feral cats that Eliot tended.

Much like the famous writer, I too am charmed and inspired by the antics and independent dignity of free roaming cats. Unlike pets that people keep in their homes, these animals live simply for the sake of being a cat.

So called feral cats are unsocialized to human contact, and they are often the offspring of abandoned and stray pets. Feral cats multiply much too quickly, though, and they become unwelcome pests in many areas.

As a volunteer with Peace for Pets, a nonprofit organization in Stark County, Ohio, I have been performing Trap Neuter Return (TNR) interventions with feral cats to reduce the overpopulation of free roaming cats in the area.

Mama Kitty - Fab Ferals Series #2
“Mama Kitty” – Fab Ferals Series #2

This summer, I have participated in TNR with several feral cats, and much as Eliot was inspired to write, I have been inspired to draw the cats in a new series of original drawings called “Fab Ferals”.

Each drawing is 5″ x 7″ and matted for framing in an 8″ x 10″ frame. I am selling the drawings in my Etsy Shop if you would like to purchase them. New drawings will be added daily, so visit often! 10% of the sales from the Fab Feral series will be donated to Peace for Pets.

Some of these cats have been named by the humans who feed them and manage their colonies. “Oreo” above is a male cat who has spawned many young kittens, but he is now neutered and will no longer contribute to the overpopulation of free roaming cats. “Mama Kitty”, a female cat who makes a pallet factory her home, will be a “mama” to no more kitties thanks to TNR.

You can learn more about the process of TNR at the Neighborhood Cats website. TNR is not only the most humane method for controlling feral cats, it is also the most effective method.

I hope that you enjoy the drawings, and I hope that you support TNR in your Community!


Second Chance for Born Free: Feral Cats – Art Auction Redux

I have worked hard at trapping a colony of feral cats over the past few weeks and I drew images to honor them in the process. I still have 2 cats that have eluded my trapping, but I will get them in the coming days.

Black cat drawing by BZTAT
Born Free: Feral Cat Drawing #19

Blue gray tabby cat drawing by BZTAT
Born Free: Feral Cat Drawing #18

Orange cat drawing by BZTAT
Born Free: Feral Cat Drawing #17

Black cat drawing by BZTAT
Born Free: Feral Cat Drawing #16

Gray feral cat drawing by BZTAT
Born Free: Feral Cat Drawing #14

Gray feral cat drawing by BZTAT
Born Free: Feral Cat Drawing #11

Orange buff cat drawing by BZTAT
Born Free: Feral Cat Drawing #9 by BZTAT

feral torbie cat drawing by BZTAT
Born Free: Feral Cat Drawing #7 by BZTAT

Black feral cat drawing
Born Free: Feral Cat Drawing #4 by BZTAT

Drawing of cat Okey by BZTAT
"Okey" Drawing by BZTAT

The trapping was to take them in for spay/neutering so that we could prevent further population of the colony, and to help them have better health outcomes in the long run. It gives the cats better chances at life as well as keeping them from reproducing.

I posted all of the drawings of the cats for auction here in this space. Some of the drawings did not get bids in the auctions, so I thought I would reopen the bids for another day. Like the real cats, the drawings are getting a second chance!

You can bid on the drawings posted above for a limited time by clicking on the image of your interest, and then bid in the comments on the page for that drawing. Each page has the info about the drawing, including bidding and shipping cost info.

All auctions will close at 10pm Sunday, March 18, 2012.

Happy  bidding!

Here is a slideshow of all of the drawings, some of which have been sold and are no longer available for bids.


Born Free: Feral Cat Drawing #19

This auction has been reopened. Bids will be accepted until 10pm Sunday, 3/18/12.

Black cat drawing by BZTAT
Born Free: Feral Cat Drawing #19

Today’s cat is, well, I guess you could call her a tortoise shell, but then, she is very dark, so some may call her simply a black cat.

I call her beautiful.

This drawing is #19 in my series of feral cat drawings of a colony of cats with which I am intervening. I am placing each drawing up for auction bids. The details are below. If you would like to contribute to the rescue fund for the real-life cat intervention, you may do so with the ChipIn widget in the sidebar. Thank you for your consideration.

You can read more about the feral cat intervention process on my Okey’s Promise: Art for a Cause blog.

By the way, I am a part of a process to encourage the adoption of a public Trap-Neuter-Return program in the City of Canton in which I live. You can read my letter to the editor on the issue, which was published in the Canton Repository, if you would like. My hope is that many more people will recognize the benefits of TNR as a means of public animal control.

Here are the details on today’s drawing:

5″ X7″ Prismacolor Pencil and Marker Drawing on paper by artist BZTAT

Comes with an acid free mat ready for an 8″ x 10″ frame

Leave bids in increments of $5 below in the comments section.

Minimum Bid $40 USD

Shipping: $8 USA $18 International

BUY NOW OPTION: You can buy this piece now for $75 as long as no bids have been made in the comments below. Simply write BUY NOW in the comments and send a payment of $75 + shipping via the ChipIn widget in the right sidebar.

Highest bid at 10:00 pm EST on Thursday 3/8/12 wins the piece.

Winning bidder: make payment of bid + shipping to PayPal to Paypal using email address bztat at bztat.com.

Please allow 4 weeks for USA shipping.