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Artist: Paris Permenter and John Bigley of DogTipper
Hairball Contributors: Felix, an 11-year-old black-and-white American shorthair; Linus, an 11-year-old gray Oriental shorthair; Inca, a 4-year-old black American shorthair; Coco, a 4-year-old Turkish Van
The Inspiration: A coincidentally-timed movie night!
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Artist: Caroline Golon of Romeo the Cat
Hairball Contributors: Romeo, an 8-year-old Persian
The Inspiration: “Romeo LOVES Tuna,” Caroline says. “He can hear the can opening a mile away. Unfortunately, it’s not so good for cats so he only gets a little bit of the juice which is enough to make him go bananas. He’s a total Tuna Monster.”
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Artist: Celeste Lindell of Average Jane
Hairball Contributors: Dr. Jones, a 1-year-old brown tabby; Xena, a 4-year-old black domestic shorthair; Velvet, a 10-year-old medium-haired black cat; and Trillian, a 2-year-old tortoiseshell domestic shorthair.
The Inspiration: Celeste made something random and attached a Cheshire cat grin, just to see what it would look like, and ended up with Marv.
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Artist: Lori Jensen of Cory Cat Talks
Hairball Contributors: Figaro, a 1-year-old long-haired black-and-white; Ellie, a 6-year-old Siamese mix; Cory, a 5-year-old black Siamese mix; Ginger, an 8-year-old tabby; Bennette, a 9-year-old Tuxedo; Nigel, a 6-year-old black medium-haired; and Jonesie, an 11-year-old gray-and-white medium-haired tuxedo.
The Inspiration: “I was having trouble figuring out what to make so I asked my husband what was the first thing that came to mind when looking at the pile of fur I had gathered,” Lori says. “Within two seconds he said, ‘ZZ Top.’ “
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THE MODERN FURBALL
Artist: Kate Benjamin of Moderncat.net
Hairball Contributors: Ando, a 6-year-old black male domestic shorthair; Sherman, a brown male tabby domestic shorthair; Theo, a gray male tabby domestic shorthair; and Simba, an 11-year-old cream tabby princess.
The Inspiration: “I’ve made felted balls with the cat hair before and they are some of their favorite toys,” Kate says. “I thought it would be fun to string them together to create my creature.”
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N.Y.C. SUBWAY MICE
Artist: Tamar Arslanian of I Have Cat
Hairball Contributors: Petie, a 20-lb. “chunky monkey” grey male tuxedo provided the materials for the “rat,” named Herman; and Haddie, a brown female tabby, helped create Harriet the mouse.
The Inspiration: “Living in New York, I wanted to do something iconic of the city,” Tamar says. “What better than a rat and mouse out of cat fur?”
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COKIE FUR PET
Artist: Kristin Dewey of Cokie the Cat
Hairball Contributors: Cokie, a 17-year-old ragdoll cat (and Editor in Chief of The Anipal Times)
The Inspiration: It’s Cokie eating his dinner!
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Artist: Laurie Ruettimann of Mister Scrubby
Hairball Contributors: Jake, a 10-year-old male tabby; Molly, a 7-year-old female dilute calico; Scrubby, a 4-year-old ginger pee cat; and Emma, a 3-year-old gray-and-white smoke.
The Inspiration: “Scrubby likes to watch nature in our backyard from the living room windows,” Laurie says. “We have a great birdfeeder and the squirrels love to hang out and eat the fallen seed. This is like watching TV for Scrubby.”
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Artist: Janet Crosby of About Vet Med
Hairball Contributors: Barnie, a 2-year-old longhair; Quincy, a 1-year-old Bengal cat; Sophie, a 9-year-old Golden retriever-collie mix; Argos, a 6-year-old greyhound; and Purl, a 2-year-old greyhound
The Inspiration: “My 11-year-old daughter!” Janet says. “She came up with the concept and the creature after I brushed the pets.”
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Artist: Michele Hollow of Pet News and Views
Hairball Contributors: Mr. Earl Gray, a 17-year-old (!) gray-and-white tabby
The Inspiration: “I was aiming to create some sort of animal,” Michele says, “and this one is a mouse, the only animal in the world I’m a bit fearful of.”
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Artist: Sue Doute of The Island Cats
Hairball Contributors: Wally, a 7-year-old orange shorthair tabby; and Ernie, a 5-year-old black shorthair polydactyl.
The Inspiration: Walnie is made of Wally and Ernie’s fur. The head is from Wally and the body is from Ernie.
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Artist: Jan Price of Jan’s Funny Farm
Hairball Contributors: Cameron, a 6-year-old male tuxedo; Cotton, a 12-year-old tortoiseshell; Percy, a 6-year-old black-and-gray tabby; Cyndi, a 7-year-old calico; and Rusty, a 7-year-old ginger tabby.
The Inspiration: Necessity. “I worked for two days on a cat or dog,” Jan says. “I accidentally flattened it twice and Percy – well, I’m not so sure he did it accidentally. It was deadline, the once furry creature was now a hard mass with its head and arms falling off, so I brushed out all the hair to soften and separate it and made a quick, flat, fluffy creature. If you ever figure out what it is, please let me know.”
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Artist: Kelly Hoffman of Boris Kitty
Hairball Contributors: Boris Kitty, a 5-year-old domestic shorthair.
The Inspiration: “When me human wuz fiddlin wif ma hairs it just started takin on a form all its own,” Boris says. “Herz always sez, ‘We haz da technology – we can rebuild him,’ whenever we do FURminator me! (Herz a big geek – MOL).”
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Artist: Amy Palmer of Sea Bass Cat
Hairball Contributors: Sebastian, an 8-year-old American shorthair
The Inspiration: “I love elephants and this kind of morphed into one,” Amy says.
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Artist: Janiss Garza of Sparkle Cat
Hairball Contributors: Binga, a 10-year-old mixed domestic shorthair tortoiseshell
The Inspiration: Most of the time, Sparkle the cat’s personality dominates the blog, but sometimes, Binga has to come out and play, too. “Tortie cats are known to have very strong personalities. In fact, there is a name for it: tortitude!” Janiss says.
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TED THE TUNA
Artist: Dorian Wagner of Your Daily Cute
Hairball Contributors: Moo, a 3-year-old “crazy cow cat” and Pimp, an almost 13-year-old “fat tabby.”
The Inspiration: “I asked Moo what he wanted and he said tuna,” Dorian says. “I know tunas aren’t furry, but … you try and argue with a cat!”
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Artist: Joanne McGonagle of The Tiniest Tiger
Hairball Contributors: Gracey, a.k.a The Tiniest Tiger, a domestic shorthair
The Inspiration: While collecting Gracey’s fur, Joanne noticed some pink Peeps on the counter. “We thought the Peep could use an updo,” she says. “Then we added sunglasses and created the Hawaiian theme.”
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Artist: Lorie Huston of Pet Health Care Gazette
Hairball Contributors: Rhette, a 3-year-old brown male tabby; Lilly, an 8-year-old gray female tabby; Rusty, a 4-year-old orange male tabby; Merlin, a 4-year-old male orange tabby; Dillon, a 4-year-old black and white male; and Midge, a 5-year-old white female.
The Inspiration: Cousin It from The Addams Family. “I tried to make it resemble him, but with lots of colors,” Lorie says.
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FROM THE MIND OF NIKITA
Artists: Kiril Kundurazieff and Nikita Cat of Opinionated Pussycat
Hairball Contributors: Nikita, a 13-year-old male Maine Coon
The Inspiration: “There is no particular reason for this creation,” Kiril says.
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MAMA & BABY ELEPHANTS
Artist: Laura Bennett of Embrace Pet Insurance blog
Hairball Contributors: Rocket, a 2-year-old tabby cat; Rosie, a 2-year-old tabby cat; and Lily, a 6-year-old tabby cat – all adopted!
The Inspiration: “I made the elephants because the shapes lent themselves that way, but they are my youngest daughter Erin’s favorite,” Laura says. “She loved them!”
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FABULOUS FAUX FELINE
Artist: Vicki Boatright of Just Meowin’
Hairball Contributors: Noah, a 6-year-old Maine Coon; Who, a 6-year-old Maine Coon; Brewskie, a 6-year-old ginger-and-white tabby; Slick, a 16-year-old tortoiseshell shorthair; and Okey, a 1-year-old white-and-gray shorthair
The Inspiration: “Whenever I Furminate them, I always say, ‘There’s enough fur here to create a whole new cat!’” Vicki says. “So, I did create a whole new cat!”
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SAL THE SQUIRREL
Artist: Joan DeMartin of Bocci’s Beefs
Hairball Contributors: Bella, a 6-year-old “no breed in particular” rescue cat
The Inspiration: Bella’s coat is similar to the color of the squirrels in DeMartin’s neighborhood. She used an old squirrel toy’s feet and tail “to bring Sal to life!”