Coveting The Craziest Cat-People Collectibles

April 18th, 2013

The memes are endless—Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat, Maru, and all the Lolcats. Last year even witnessed the first ever Internet Cat Video Festival at the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis, with more than 10,000 people in attendance. Maybe it’s the culmination of living with domesticated kittens for thousands of years, or perhaps it’s due to an insidious epidemic of feline-hosted Toxoplasmosis. Regardless, we’re having a cat moment. And the cat-fatuated are no longer afraid to show their pride.

This online obsession is only the most recent incarnation of an age-old fancy for felines and the mysterious lives they lead. Historically, only certain types of people (sometimes pejoratively called “Crazy Cat Ladies,” though we’ve known them to be male-identified, too) lavished attention on their four-legged friends. But even Drew Barrymore once said, “If I die before my cat, I want a little of my ashes put in his food so I can live inside him.” As the glamorous actress makes clear, crazy cat people aren’t just losers and loners; they’re beautiful, likeable, and successful weirdos, too.

To celebrate the long heritage of all cat people, we’ve rounded up our favorite crazy-cat-person catlectibles on eBay right now.

Salty Critters

Grumpy cats indeed: These five stern-faced salt cellars are guaranteed to hypnotize your dinner party guests with their wide, unblinking eyes. Beware the kitten clones!

Button Buddies

According to their seller, these antique cat-face buttons came off a set of children’s underwear (can we please call them pajamas, so it doesn’t sound so creepy?). Though their provenance isn’t verified, their cuteness and handcrafted quality makes them a double win. Plus they kinda look like empty-eyed cat skulls.

Clowning Around

This brass button features a so-called “circus cat,” which is actually just a housecat being thrust through a circus hoop someone ripped open for him. And he looks totally annoyed.

Tin Toy Tabbies

For the allergic, or those who wish to torture their own living felines, these wind-up cats are purrfect. It’s hard to say which is better, a helpful vacuuming cat or the playful “Turn Over” cat with his freaky, alien two-face.

Tipsy Tom

Fact: Cats wearing human clothing are hilarious. Opinion: Cats drinking alcohol are even funnier. Make sure you send this real photo postcard to someone very special…

Persian Paperweight

There’s something very familiar about this paperweight kitty’s smashed little face, like the stunted physical features of favorite Internet cat, Lil Bub. Hopefully, the inscription reading “Maude and Bob St. Clair” means this was some sort of love token, celebrating a shared feline passion. Remind me, which year is the fur anniversary?


You can just hear this little Yoda-cat purring words of wisdom out of his old man face. No doubt this netsuke piece would look fab on your cat-covered kimono.

Catty China

Somehow, putting cats on “bone china” seems only fitting. Try serving your friends on this cat-ware with a face half as serious as these two somber felines.

Anti-Feminist Feline

Votes for lady cats! Though actually a rather repressive, misogynist take on the Suffragette, today this postcard is pure LOLZ.

Vase Face

For those who like sad cats, this empty-headed cat vase will do the trick. Whaaa? Someone put flowers through my brain? :/

Pincushion Voodoo

This little pincushion might actually be best for the cat-haters: Think of all the fun you could have sticking sharp needles into that cute face!

Porcelain Portrait

Leaves, ribbons, flowers, and a satanic fluffball popping out of a boarded-up window. Pure genius, thanks to a porcelain-painting artist of yore.

Kitty Bling

Rhinestone zombie-devil-cat ring! Wearing this little gem makes you feel simultaneously like a member of the Pink Ladies and a pagan tribe of Freyja worshipers.

Pillow Paws

Come on, it was the ’70s: We were one with the earth, embracing every creature of the animal kingdom, while also wearing all-synthetic fabrics. Hence this tasteful, DIY cat pillow. As the seller notes, “Cat is pre-owned but in good condition, with no stains, holes, and rips.” Thank you, cat goddess.

10 comments so far

  1. Heather C Says:

    I’ll take one of each.

  2. Nora Says:

    Although I was not mentioned in the opening paragraph of this article (a sad oversight on the part of the author), it was an enjoyable read.

  3. Nancy Dionne Says:

    Love your articles Hunter. This site is amazing, and the members are like one big family-well most of them:). As you know from my little Gumption post there are a lot of cat people on CW. Thanks for allowing us to share each others treasures.

  4. thepetmuseum Says:

    Love it! I can’t pick my favorite, though the cat vase has a derpy charm I find winning.

  5. Hunter Says:

    Nora, we love you! So sorry we forgot you in the lead. :)

    Thanks for the compliments Nancy – CW does have a great community, thanks to folks like you. :)

  6. Nelson Says:

    The glass paper weight was manufactured by Bob St. Clair and his wife Mude. Somewhere between 1974 and 1987

  7. Val Says:

    Thanks Hunter – this was a delight to cat lovers everywhere…err…on CW?…

  8. voyagevixen Says:

    I collect the Japanese black cats from Shafford, 1950’s

  9. Lesley Says:

    I enjoyed this article very much & just posted my own musical band of ‘spagetti cats’ to Show & Tell. Thank you for sharing these beautiful collectible kitties!

  10. Ginny Says:

    I have a green and dark blue yawning cat. Some kind of decanter bottle. The head comes off. Has a very long neck. I can’t seem to find one like it on the net. Did find a tobacco decanter that look like it as far as glaze and face. Mine is marked germany on the bottom. Have any idea what it was used for.

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