The cat collector or Kat-a-log part 19

Meow again!

Calling all cats and cats lovers! We cannot believe it has been nearly 4 months since the last Kat-a-log issue! We are truly sorry for such a big delay, and we promise not to disappoint our readers again. It is December now, the last month of 2013 and we think it is a purrrfest time for a long, big special entry about our favorite furry friends.

Holiday season is a great time for the cats to play. Christmas trees to climb, very interesting decorations to investigate or chase around the room, presents waiting to be shred to pieces… Every person sharing a house with a feline can tell hundreds of funny stories that usually involve a cat, Christmas tree and a lot of mess.  Rita and Mal are happy to report that Michael once decided to admire the living room from the top of the tree. Of course, he couldn’t get back down so he meowed loudly, waking up the whole neighborhood! He also fell of the tree on several occasions and broke one in half – fun times! Salem being a real lady does not climb the trees. She usually hides among the presents and attacks the poor souls who try to steal her possessions! She is also helping herself first to the turkey or a fish and is very angry if you try to stop her! Few years ago Rita got hissed at just because she foiled a very elaborate plan to devour a whole steak in one, single bite.

If you’d like to read previous issues of Kat-a-log, please click on the links below. As usual, we  welcome all comments, reviews and stories about your cats. Please send them to: rdabrowicz@yahoo.com

Kat-a-log Part 1: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-1/
Kat-a-log Part 2: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-2/
Kat-a-log Part 3: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-3/
Kat-a-log Part 4: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-4/
Kat-a-log Part 5: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-5/
Kat-a-log Part 6: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-6/
Kat-a-log Part 7: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-7/
Kat-a-log Part 8: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-8/
Kat-a-log Part 9: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-9/
Kat-a-log Part 10: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-10/
Kat-a-log Part 11: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-11/
Kat-a-log Part 12: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-12/
Kat-a-log Part 13: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-13/
Kat-a-log Part 14: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-14/
Kat-a-log Part 15: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-15/
Kat-a-log Part 16: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-16/
Kat-a-log Part 17: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-17/
Kat-a-log Part 18: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-18/

Kat-a-log Feline no. 73
Four sides of a cat: Sunshine, Over the fence, Feeling good and Going green
Country of origin: Bangladesh, bought as a gift at Roskilde Festival in 2004

Kat-a-log cat number 73 is not your typical house kitten. It is not even a kitten at all! This beautiful hand made adult lion (just look at his impressive mane) has been made in Bangladesh by female artisan association for CORR the Jute Works Foundation as a part of the fair trade movement to activate local communities and provide its people with a chance to gain new skills and earn money. CORR foundation has been established in 1973 and has close ties to CARITAS. Fair Trade mascots are incredibly popular especially in Scandinavia where ecologically produced toys and unique design are high demand.  Rita and Mal have purchased the lion at Roskilde Festival in 2004 at the Fair Trade Market near the Pavilion stage. The cat has been made from juta plant fibers that have been woven into stiff material (resembling raw linen) that is generally used in construction and traditional crafts. The material may be a bit rough to touch, but is incredibly flexible and strong. Lion’s mane has been colored with natural mineral paint made from red clay. It also used to glow in the dark, but after nearly a decade, the luminous pigment has faded and the glow is now barely visible. The lion is practically indestructible. It survived several trips aboard (Rita took it to America and Berlin), house re-decorations and still looks brand new. It was quite expensive for a poor students on a budget trip to the Roskilde Festival (nearly 120 Danish kronen), but worth every penny

If you’d like to own one of these, they are stiff being made and can be purchased through CORR online storehttp://www.cjwbd.com/Details/Toy/TOY-LION

Fairtrade Denmark official website: http://fairtrade.dk/

Sunshine

Sunshine

Over the fence

Over the fence

Feelong good

Feeling good

Going green

Going green

Kat-a-log Feline no. 74
Four sides of a cat: Where do we go? Autumn is here, Tall grass and Mysterious look
Country of origin: Poland, bought in 2007

Ladies and gents, meet one of the biggest cats in Olympia’s collection! This huge cat shaped money-box stands at 75 cm and has a great back-story. This is the first cat featured in Kat-a-log that has been spotted, chosen, purchased and photographed by Olympia alone. Olympia is extremely proud of her cat hunting skills and proudly displays her trophy at the top of a wardrobe in the master bedroom.  Despite looking like a massive, heavy figurine, this cat is extremely fragile and has been made out of delicate clay. It had to be wrapped in protective bubbled foil to be taken outside for a photo shot.  This majestic cat was purchased during a religious/arts and crafts market organized on Sunday 24th of June 2007 in Rita and Mal’s home town of Piekary Slaskie. We are truly lucky to remember the date so well, but a simple trick comes handy in refreshing our memory in this particular case! Rita and Mal used to live in St. Peter and St. Paul parish and the market is always organized on the Sunday closest to 29th of June which is celebrated as the day of martyrdom for both apostles. Celebrating the martyrdom might look a little gloom, but the annual market is filled with food, busy stalls offering toys, large crowds of people and music. Nothing morbid, just a pure, old-fashioned family activity.

Where do we go?

Where do we go?

Autumn is here

Autumn is here

Tall grass

Tall grass

Mysterious look

Mysterious look

Kat-a-log Feline no. 75
Three sides of a cat: Playful kitten, A cat and a tree and It’s awesome to be a big yellow cat
Country of origin: Poland, bought in 2009

Kat-a-log cats number 74 and 75 have a lot of common: both were bought in the same place, they were chosen, purchased and photographed by Olympia alone and they are the biggest pieces in the entire collections. This massive, yellow cat-shaped monster is known as Sunshine. He is heavy like a ton of bricks but extremely cute, with a large grin that would make the Cheshire cat jealous. Olympia bought him on Sunday 28th of June 2009 in Piekary Slaskie, at the same market organized to commemorate the martyred deaths of St. Peter and St. Paul, the patrons of the parish where Rita and Mal have been born and lived before escaping abroad J  Sadly we do not know who made the cat, but as far as we remember, Olympia has picked him from among other felines at the artist’s stall. It is safe to assume, that this gorgeous giant of a kitten has been made in Silesia. Have we ever told you that we like big hand bags, big cats and small dogs? Now you know! 😀

Playful kitten

Playful kitten

A cat and a tree

A cat and a tree

It's awesome to be a big yellow cat

It’s awesome to be a big yellow cat

Kat-a-log Feline no. 76
Three sides of a cat: Hi to the world, Whatever you think I did (it wasn’t me) and Sun & shade
Country of origin: Worcester, bought as a gift for Halloween 2013

Rita has spotted this black beauty on the High Street in Worcester exactly on 20th of October 2013 while shopping for birthday cards for Mal and Olympia. This very delicate, china porcelain cat was displayed proudly in the main window of Clintons Cards as a part of their Halloween decoration. It was a bit expensive, being initially priced at 25 pounds. As the time went on and Halloween got closer, the price for the cat was successively lowered, first to 20 and later to 15 pounds. At that moment, the black cat figurines (and candle holders) literally started disappearing from the store. Rita has been given the cat on 29th of October as a b-day present and it was the last item available for sale.  Photo shoot for the kitty has taken a place in Hereford on 3rd of November during the Flavors of Hereford Food Festival in a secret garden on the grounds of The Cathedral School. The garden is usually closed for the public but it was opened during the festival and housed a large collection of naturalistic sculptures. While being a part of the Kat-a-log collection, the black kitten will remain in the UK in residence in Worcester

You can visit the Clinton’s Cards official website here: http://www.clintoncards.co.uk

Hi to the world

Hi to the world

What ever you think I did (it wasn't me)

What ever you think I did (it wasn’t me)

Sun & shade

Sun & shade

Kat-a-log Feline no. 77
Three sides of a cat: Scratch, scratch, Am I handsome? and Ready for a jump
Country of origin: Poland, won in 2010

Now, this is a story that hasn’t been published yet in any of the previous editions of Kat-a-log! A strange hybrid of metal, fake fur and ceramics, the kitten number 77 came into Rita’s possession through gambling. Yep, you have heard it correctly – to become a new owner of the cat, Rita had to participate in an annual charity lottery. The lottery ticket was priced at 5 PLN (Polish zloty) or £1 and the participants had to answer several questions correctly to win anything. Rita was very competitive and she fought like a lion to get her share. This unusual behavior attracted the attention of her c0-workers who jokingly nicknamed her “The Gambler”. As the prizes were prepared by the organizers (Altus Building management in Katowice, where Rita’s former employers were once located), we are not sure where the cat was made and by whom. A funny thing worth mentioning about this figurine is that the cat’s head is attached to a spring and it moves rapidly up and down every time the figurine is moved. Sadly, it is not visible on the pictures – what a great shame. Olympia is very fond of this incredibly weird looking cat and considers him her personal All right kids, we hope that you have enjoyed this December issue of Kat-a-log! Please stay tuned as Malicia  and Olympia are working really hard to choose and edit new pictures from our archives. The next edition of your favorite cat collector magazine will be delivered shortly.

Scratch, scratch

Scratch, scratch

Am I handsome?

Am I handsome?

Ready for a jump

Ready for a jump

Kat-a-log Feline no. 78
Three sides of a cat: How did you manage to find me?, Time to rest and Curious soul
Country of origin: Poland, bought as a gift in 2005

The last cat in our December special is very unique indeed. It is not a figurine, but a real (yet small) metal sculpture of a cat. The sculpture has been purchased by Olympia in early May 2005 during a family trip to Cracow. We do not remember the name of the art gallery or the name of the artist, who made the cat but the gallery was located near the Consulate General of the United States on Stolarska Street. Nobody was planning to go cat shopping on that day, as the trip was organized to help Rita apply for a business visa to the old, goode US of A. Since the visa was denied, the entire family felt that they needed a bit of feline retail therapy.  Do not worry, Rita got her visa in the end and two months later she went off to NYC for a glorious three weeks of work and sightseeing. Olympia happily added another kitten to her ever-growing collection and to this day, the kitten reminds her of the social injustices her daughter had to go through 😀

The sculpture is made of cold cast aluminum with craft wire for whiskers. It stands at 10 cm tall and 20 cm wide. If you recognize this artwork and know who the artist is, please do contact us! We would be much obliged. Thank you in advance.

How did you manage to find me?

How did you manage to find me?

Time to rest

Time to rest

Curious soul

Curious soul

All right kids, we hope that you have enjoyed this December issue of Kat-a-log! Please stay tuned as Malicia  and Olympia are working really hard to choose and edit new pictures from our archives. The next edition of your favorite cat collector magazine will be delivered shortly.

Until then,
xxxxx
Rita, Malicia and Olympia Dabrowicz

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