If it moves, it dies.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
GET a cat and you could be in a sticky situation as one self-proclaimed cat lady discovered. It is not a bad thing though for Katrina Ballecer who built a small business out of making stickers in her cats' likeness.
Five years ago, Katrina made stickers of her orange tabby cat Nugget which she put on random places. They proved to be a hit among her friends who asked to buy them, so she made more Nugget-inspired stickers for them and to sell at art markets. Thus, The Offbeat Cat was born.
Katrina works as a designer for a graphic software firm. She comes home to 10 cats who provide her with all the inspiration she needs to design quirky looking kitties, which is the essence of The Offbeat Cat.
“I just like the idea that all cats are out of the ordinary, quirky and weird. I am hoping that my brand has that same spirit,” she told MetroPets.
Although Nugget died in 2015, Katrina continued with what she calls as her “passion project” with the help of her current cats.
“Most of them are featured in my stickers. The newer cats will be added soon,” she said.
Aside from stickers, Katrina expanded The Offbeat Cat merchandise by adding cat-themed fabric pins, postcards and iron-on patches. She is also planning to launch pet accessories this year.
While there's a lot of cat-related brands out there, The Offbeat Cat is different in a way that it truly has a heart that beats for cats. Most of its proceeds go to animal welfare projects.
“There is purpose behind the brand. Most of the profits go to helping out with trap-neuter-return projects, funding medical bills (usually posted by members of Cat Care PH), and buying food for the strays. We have donated to PPBCC, PAWS, CARA, Purrhaven Cats, Cats of Technohub, Cats of Ortigas, MAS and some people who reach out on Cat Care PH,” said Katrina.
“The Offbeat Cat is my passion project. I figured that I needed to find a fun way to fund my cat projects and this was it,” she added.
Aside from joining art markets, Katrina also attends events like the Komiket and Sticker Con to promote and sell The Offbeat Cat items. People can also buy them through The Offbeat Cat's Facebook and Instagram accounts. -- MetroPets
CAT ladies can be easy to please. It seems they've been (genetically) programmed to like almost anything with a cat print or a cat face on it. If you are reading up to this point, chances are you or someone you know is a cat lady who will be happy to receive a gift with cat paws and fur all over it!
Here are some gift ideas, each price below P500, that we think any cat lady or cat person would love to get this Christmas.
SHED PAL CORDLESS PET HAIR VACUUM
This pet hair vacuum will give cat ladies a break from having cat fur on everything they own. It is powered by 3 AA batteries and small enough to carry around (14cm x 7cm x 21cm). It collects pet's hair during grooming. No more bad pet hair day with this one.
CAT LED LASER POINTER TOY WITH MOUSE ANIMATION
While cats still go crazy over the red dot (laser light), they and their moms can use a new version with a mouse shaped laser beam. The bright, purple mouse animation is visible even on light color surfaces and walls so cats can easily spot and pounce on it. Made of aluminum and plastic, this cat toy comes with three button cell batteries.
CAT QUARTZ WATCHES
From P288 to P429
Cat ladies will be happy to wear any of these quartz watches featuring a cat wearing glasses. Each of this stainless steel analog watch is matched with a leather band of different colors and prints. The watch's face diameter is 3.8 cm while the strap's width and length are 1.9cm and 24cm. This watch claims to be water resistant.
RETRO METAL FRAME SEXY CAT EYE SUNGLASSES
Vintage and modern touches make this cute and sexy cat eye sunglasses unique and appropriate for all cat ladies out there. The lens is made from polycarbonate materials while the frame is made of alloy. The lens are available in different hues and are all designed to protect the eyes from ultraviolet rays.
BAG HANGER WITH CAT FACE
This item is a highly recommended Christmas gift for cat ladies who also have the tendency to be bag ladies (what with all the extra bags they carry for their cats). There are different cat designs to choose from so make sure to browse the Lazada online store to find the one perfect for your cat lady friend. The hook stores neatly and stays together with a black rubber in the base so it can hold the bag well up to 4.5kg. Made of zinc alloy and ceramics, this collectible bag hanger is guaranteed not to fade or get rusty.
CAT PRINT CANVAS WALLET
It's a wallet, a handbag, a clutch bag, a card holder, a phone bag and a coin purse folded into one lovely cat print nylon canvas! With six card slots, two main money bag, this multi-purpose wallet can also hold mobile devices not more than 5.7” in size. The flap snaps in place to keep the contents safe. This wallet measures 19.5cm (width) and 10.5cm (height).
For more cat-inspired products perfect as Christmas gifts for cat ladies, visit Lazada Pet Section.
* Meow Project makes cat cartoons that will stick with you