Fun On The Cheap: Paper + Pen + Cat + Camera


Oh for cryin’ out loud, it’s another cat article.

I can’t help it. If the Dog Whisperer can have a weekly television show about calmly convincing dogs to stop pooping in their humans’ shoes, I ought to be able to write a cat article every few months.

A few weeks ago, I read a Kotaku story about a Japanese meme called “Cat Montage”. This involves a strip of paper, a pen or marker, a camera and a cat. One simply draws a pair of eyes on the paper, places it in front of their cat, takes a photo and hilarity ensues.

After a particularly busy work day, I found myself needing to relax. That’s when I looked at my cat Momiji and thought, “What a marvelous time to try Cat Montage!”

In a nod to the country of origin, I made some big-ass Pikachu eyes. Voilà– Instant Pokémon! Unless you have a very calm and agreeable cat, I recommend doing this when they are asleep. Like, the near comatose asleep where you can sort of move them without waking them up.





The next day, a friend recommended THE FUTURE OF CLAW ENFORCEMENT.I give you RoboCat.




If you aren’t enjoying this, then you are a crotchety old stick in the mud and look like this:




Then I thought how exciting the new Star Wars movie would be if all the stormtroopers were cats.




But it’s not all science-fiction in this house. (Technically, my cat’s more of a Weasley color.)



All the while, my black cat Takkyubin had been left out of the fun because in every photo he ends up looking like a dark splotch resembling what the people on ghost-hunting shows call “evidence”.

What Cat Montage eyes could possibly go on to such a creature?


And then it hit me:



I always thought black-suit Spider-Man looked cool. SECRET WARS IN MY HOUSE, PEOPLE.



To wrap things up, I highly suggest you try Cat Montage. Hell, you don’t even need a cat. It could be Dog Montage or Turtle Montage or whatever. As long as you have paper, ink and a willing critter, the fun never stops.

Grab a pen, some paper and a camera and share your Cat Montage pictures in the comments.



Dumb White Husband vs Santa

Erik has planned the perfect Christmas for his family. The plan is foolproof, bulletproof and flame retardant. Nothing can undo the hours of planning and preparation. Nothing but odd-shaped packages, ill-timed fruitcakes and an errant neighborhood Santa Claus. Get it now and have a Merry Christmas.



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  • reply Laura ,

    my cat is still wondering what you were doing to him. How can I post a picture?

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