I’ve lived with a cat in my art studio since 2006 when Shadow was still shy of a year old and we lived near the Dorset coast in England. Initially, I tried to keep her out of the studio, but her cries were relentless. Over the years I’ve come to learn some valuable lessons and hard truths.
1. Cats love to be involved in the creative process.
2. If you can’t find that certain pad of paper chances are, they are sitting on it.
3. Never leave works in progress unattended. Remember, they like to be involved.
4. Learn to incorporate cat hair into your paintings. Chances are there are more than a few strands of fur in this painting. It is what it is.
5. Cats will attempt to sway your creative decisions.
6. Everything is for climbing. Everything.
7. A warm lap must be made available at all times, no matter what you’re doing.
8. They are never too young to begin
disrupting learning what you do.
9. You may feel like working through lunch, but they won’t. Ever.
10. All of the above rules apply both inside and outside the studio.