29 January 2008

Make your own cat wig

You may recall that yesterday I mused about the idea of putting make-up and hair on cats. I had no idea that cat wigs are already on the market! Check out the link provided by a couple of astute blog readers! Note that the brown tabby cat looks a lot like Tinsel. I'm wondering if she has picked up a modeling job on the side.

As nice as those wigs are, suffice it to say that $50 is a bit beyond what I'd hoped to spend,
so I decided to bop on over to Hobby Lobby and see if I could purchase a doll wig and adapt it for a cat.

In the doll-making aisle, I found doll heads with attached hair and dolls with no hair, but no ready-made wigs. I did find bags of loose hair which could be stitched or glued to a doll's head. (I'm sure ya'll would agree that would not be such a good idea with a cat.) I was almost ready to give up when I spotted bags of chenille "hair" -- basically curls on thick pipe cleaners. Colors were limited, so I opted for black, which wo
uld complement both Lily's and Tinsel's coloring. And at $2.99, the price was right. Gosh, at that price, a cat could have several.

At home in my scrapbooking area, which now doubles as a cat wig boutique, I set out to fashion some type of stylish do with the chenille hair. Of course, I didn't happen to have any Styrofoam balls the size of the feline heads in question, so I had to use a Nerf ball instead. I tell you...it sucks to not have the proper tools for this kind of work.

My first attempt was a long style with bangs.
That one quickly became unmanageable, so I whipped up an alternative, more casual "everyday" look.

And now, I present T
insel and Lily, demurely modeling "The Mary Ann" for the Gilligan's Island fans in the crowd.

Now I ask you, isn't this worth $2.99?



Sharon said...

LOL What will you do next to those poor kitties? Don't answer that.
Methinks that you have WAY too much time on your hands.

Linda said...

LOL! That is the funniest thing I've seen in a long while!

Lida said...

LOL Oh dear!!!
That was so funny and Tinsel and Lily are going to be so fashionable!
Now how do they like their wigs? I´m thinking about torturing sorry puting one on some of our cats.

Sarah C. said...

OMGosh! Your cats put up with a lot more than mine will. I would be chasing them all over the house trying to stick the wig on. Too funny. Hope you rewarded them well for their hard work. :)

jp said...

Thanks for stopping by, guys! The poor kitties actually have a pretty easy life. I tell them they have nothing better to do than wear outfits, ring bells, and try on wigs occasionally! :-)

Sharon-I am actually wasting a HUGE amount of time on this stuff -- time that I don't have to waste! :-)

Lida-I would have to say that the wig is NOT a big hit, so far anyway. LOL

Sarah-There was a bit of running involved, but generally they were pretty cooperative. Might not be tomorrow, though! LOL

Jill said...

I can NOT BELIEVE what those kitties of yours will put up with!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here Sugar looks all indignant just about merely having to share his living space with us.

Cheri said...

I have just one question...what does Spouse think of all this?! LOL!

toners said...

Oh Janet I love it! Waaaay cooler than the Kitty Wigs ones !! I almost covered my screen in tea from LOL!

toners said...

Hi Janet :) For most of my card coloring I use markers - PrismaColor or Copics (just got the Copics in the last month). On others, I'll sometimes use colored pencils and blend it with a liquid called Gamsol and a blending stump. Let me know if you need any help at all! No problem :)

toners said...

Yeah, go for it and play around with your coloring stuff! Enjoy!

I wonder what my cats would make of the wig? Surely one of the four would approve! LOL!

Heather said...

What a riot! I think my 80lb greyhound needs one too! So funny! It reminds me of this Saturday Night Live skit of babies toupees! Which I also think would look good on my son!!

Heather said...

Yes, they look absolutely thrilled with their new "dos". LOL!

Linda said...

Back again to let you know I left a surprise for you on my blog.

Ryzmomplus2 said...

OMG this is hilarious!

:: gingerkitty :: said...

This is not even right?!

Sarah C. said...

Psst! Popping back in to let you know I left you a small surprise on my blog. :)

Maureen said...

Janet: There is NO way my cats would even let me get near them with a wig! Yours are amazing; they must LOVE being "preened and pampered".... hilarious!

jp said...

Jill-Yep, they're pretty tolerant. But seriously...what else do they have to do? :-)

Cheri-Poor Spouse just rolls his eyes. :-)

Toni-I'll take that as a high compliment! And $2.99 compared to $50 -- can't beat the price! :-)

Heather-You might need 2 packages to make one for your dog!! I say go for it!! :-)

Ryzmomplus2, Gingerkitty, and Maureen-Thx for stopping by! I assure you that no kitties were harmed in the modeling of the wigs. :-) It's all in good fun!!

Darcey said...

OMG! I love it! I love reading your blog! Thank you for making me smile:)