I thought I’d got myself on the the Google Streetview, but they must have taken photos going both ways up our road. They did capture young Felix from next door. I’m loving going round spotting things, more soon.
Brekkies is a once mighty brand fallen to the odd appearances in Wilko, and this tabby has felt the sting of every rung of that ladder on the way down. He’s landed on his feet, but you can see the upward glance to the heights of Wiskas or Felix the longing look in his eyes.
The saddest cat I’ve yet seen, however, is this morose tom. I know advertising wilko’s own brand cat litter isn’t the carear he dreamt of, but he’s a litle podgy and you know that if the litter works for him it’ll be good quality. He looks a little eggbound here.
So, we’ve established that cats on the packets of cheap brands of cat food don’t look too happy. But can we prove the correlation by delving deaper into the bowels of cheapness. To that end I took a trip to a store that prides itself on nothing more that its low price — B&M Bargains.
The expresion on this lovely ginger cat seems to say “enough, stop pushing this bowl at me”.
I know this isn’t a great photo, but ‘Delight’ doesn’t seem the gaze this puss has.
Posh Cat looks like the food is beneath him.
‘Schmusy’, which must mean something nice in German. On first glance the cat is having an ‘eyes closed’ moment with an owner’s rub at the side of the face — but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was long dead and the taxidermist isn’t holding his head in place ready for the glue.
It’s quite hard to see if the ‘Rufus’ cat is happy or not, these being the smallest photos of a cat I’ve seen. They’re also heavily photoshopped, but the designer still decided to use the shot of him about to spray his ‘scent’ (for which read piss) all over you.
‘Miau!’ might be a freindly noise in some foreign language version of animal phonetic spellings, but hin English it seems like a cry of terror or pain. The cat’s stare is fixed as he backs away from the packets bearing his picture. Would you fancy eating it?
Our cats are quite particular about what they eat, they like Whiskas or Felix and only certain flavours, but I’m always on the look out for something to give them a bit of variety. Today in Somerfield I was casting my eyes down the cat food aisle and noticed something.
Normally cat food shows a picture of a happy energetic looking cat on the front (which is odd as there aren’t pictures of humans on the front of our food) something like this:
Go-Cat is quite an established brand, they’ve been using this boo-alike for some time – he looks springy, bright-eyed and desperate to eat those crunchy cereal things.
Contrast that with the cat on the supermarket own-brand food:
Sad, longing and somehow not looking forward to the chunks or the gravy. Even the gourmet cat is affected by the black dog of depression. The ennui of the pedigree:
He’s also a little out of focus. It’s catching, this poor kitten cant even rouse the enthusiasm (despite New & Improved Recipes) to list his head towards the noms.
It might be the case that cats getting no-frills food might not be quite as pleased when it’s mealtime, but you’d think it wouldn’t be too hard to get a snap of one that was getting salmon filets, grinning from ear to ear and purring like a well-tuned engine?
A former artist-in-residence with the St. Paul Public Works department, sculptor Steven Woodward came up with the idea of using art signs to slow down drivers.
wcco.com – St. Paul’s Traffic Art Signs
If even the Wall St Journal gets locats, is internet culture over?