Why Paint Cats

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Why Paint Cats
Front cover of Why Paint Cats
AuthorBurton Silver
IllustratorHeather Busch
CountryNew Zealand
PublisherWeidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages96 pp

Why Paint Cats is a humorous book written by New Zealand author Burton Silver and illustrator Heather Busch. It is one of three cat art books, including Why Cats Paint and Dancing with Cats. The book purports to describe the practice of "cat painting", the decorating of cats with paint. Some readers were concerned at the dangers of applying paint to cats, but the book's depictions are digitally manipulated.[1]


Critical reception for the book has been mixed to positive, with the SF site calling it "luscious, funny, and really, truly amazing".[2] Publishers Weekly wrote that the book was "amusing as a novelty item" and that it was "so weird that it's sort of irresistible."[3] The Hamilton Spectator stated that the book's contents were "spectacular".[4] The Los Angeles Times wrote that Silver's writing was "tongue-in-cheek scholarly, complete with footnotes and a bibliography".[5]


  1. ^ [http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/paintedcats.asp
  2. ^ Why Paint Cats: The Ethics of Feline Aesthetics SF site
  3. ^ Nonfiction Review: Why Paint Cats Publishers Weekly
  4. ^ Mahoney, Jeff. Book should give paws for thought. The Spectator: Magazine section. Mar 15, 2003, p M.02.
  5. ^ Fake Fur, Real Art? LA Times

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