June is Adopt-a-Cat Month, a campaign created by the American Humane Association to raise awareness and increase the adoption of shelter cats across the country.
Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already living in shelters. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between, in need of kind and loving homes.
In honor of this important campaign and of WYSK’s Animal Kingdom Contributor, former shelter kitty Peachu, we’re sharing these famous works of art starring Zarathustra the Cat, a ginger tabby from St. Petersburg, Russia.
The artist, Svetlana Petrova, photoshops Zarathustra into iconic paintings by artists such as Chagall, Botticelli, Whistler, Dali, and Vermeer, among others, resulting in new masterpieces that we just can’t get enough of!
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Svetlana explained her inspiration for this series:
“That’s my mother’s cat. My mother died in 2008, and she left me this cat, which she adored. So she spoiled him, that’s why he’s fat, and now he can’t lose his weight. I suffered from depression after her death, and I couldn’t work in art anymore. But, when my friend said, ‘Why you don’t make an art project with your new cat? He’s so funny,’ I thought maybe I’d make a still life with him, like in a style of Dutch paintings, with food. By chance, I inserted him in another painting that I began.”
And boy are we so glad she did!
Now don’t you want your very own Zarathustra? Visit your local shelter, and check out the American Humane Association to learn more about cat adoption.