Working Cats: Henry the Feline Fiber Artist

October 5, 2011 |

Henry the Fiber Artist Cat

Henry the handsome tuxie is a cat who has always loved to scratch, ever since he was a kitten. He was also endowed with the soul of an artist, so he just couldn’t help himself — the ugly chairs in the living room looked ever so much better after he created interesting textures for them.

Like many cat parents, his people didn’t quite see his work as art — at least not at first. They tried to divert his artistic intentions with a nice scratching post. But Henry marched to the tune of a different drummer and refused to scratch just like every other cat. He quickly returned to his work on the chair.

So his people took a couple of strips of carpet remnants and nailed them to the wall. Henry’s creative muse shifted into overdrive and he scratched the crap outta those strips of carpet. Even better, no one yelled at Henry for doing it.

Henry worked on those pieces of carpet until they were transformed into something magical and mystical, until they became A-R-T!

henry the cat creates works of fiber art

The flat boring strips of carpet gave birth to textury looping loops of fiber that caught the imagination of local art critiques in Bangor, Maine.

First, there was the art show of Henry’s work at the Bangor Public Library. Then, Hollywood called. Henry starred in a segment of Cats 101 on Animal Planet.

Today, Henry has the requisite Facebook fan page and followers around the world.

Watch Henry in action:

So, kittehs, take a good long look at your claws. They could be your ticket to fame and fortune.

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Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences. In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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  1. Mischief Mouse and Tiger Mayhem says:

    Hey Tiger maybe you can learn a thing or two from him like you should talk Mouse you could learn as well.

  2. Tai says:

    Hey, Henry, I see you love IKEA’s Ratta toy mousies, too! I love their crunchy tails! Meow! ^..^


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