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Where The Teal Is My Cat?

The Teal Cat Shipping Dept. slacking off on the job

I know, I said six weeks max, and it’s been, well, more than that! Some teal cats have gone out, but I feel I owe you an explanation in case you haven’t received yours yet.

When I started this, I had only painted 10 cats or so. And I thought, “No big deal, I can do a million of these!” A little history: I actually started my creative life as a visual artist. As a kid, I was always the one designing the set in school plays. Huge backdrops of hills for the Sound of Music, or a forced perspective yellow brick road for the Wizard of Oz. In the fifth grade, if you needed some paint, I was your man. Later on, I was accepted to the Fame high school as a fine art major. And so this experience — being in a garage with paint and blasting music and objects that I adore — is definitely a familiar and satisfying (albeit long-lost) one.

The thing is, once the orders came in – almost 200 in 3 days to be exact – I hit some problems. Mainly, the fumes from the spray paint were so bad that I needed to leave every few minutes just to be able to breath, even with a mask on.

Couple that with all of the steps: cleaning, sandpapering, priming, painting, second coat, third coat, touch up and finally gloss…we start talking a full day just for a handful of cats. So I knew I had to figure out a better way.

Enter the spray gun! This method works. It works really really well! Not only is it cheaper and faster, it’s much more environmentally friendly and I don’t even need to wear a mask. I also don’t need to prime and everything works out with just one coat. And because I’m using semigloss paint, there’s no need for a glossing coat, either. So really, everything can be done in three steps: Clean, paint the bottom half, let it dry for a day or two, then paint the top half. I can do about 20 a day with this method, so now we’re rolling! But…there’s a catch.

The nature of this new paint is that it’s really really sensitive. They look beautifully glossy and the teal is deep and bright, but they’re very easily nicked and scratched. Obviously, the teal cats were never intended to be a toy, they’re pieces of art. But the spray paint was much more rugged then the new latex that I’m using. So put them on a shelf, out of harms way. When you want to admire them up close, just handle with care!

It’s funny to think about how simple the idea is, you’d really think it’s no big whoop. But everything from deciding on the kind of paint to use, to figuring out the exact right type of string, needs to be meticulously considered. And so I want to thank you for your patience as we figure it out along the way! There is definitely a learning curve and I’m still looking for ways to make the process flawless. I just wanted to keep you up to date on what’s going on over here, and to let you know, they are definitely coming. Hold on to your cats. <3

11 Responses to “Where The Teal Is My Cat?”
  1. Diana Guner says:

    I will admit that I have been wondering where my Teal Cat is, but at the same time, I am was more concerned with supporting the cause than I was about getting the cat. I cannot wait until my kitty arrives, but I am more pleased with the turn out and the money you have been able to raise to help the feral cats. Thank you for what you’ve put together! And can’t wait to see my kitty!!

  2. Leone says:

    It’s for a good cause so patience is NOT a problem. I made a donation on my mother’s behalf and the cat was to be a b’day present for her. I printed off a cute pic of one of the teal cats and included it in a card. She loves what you guys are doing.

    The donation is the main thing. The fact that we get a cute teal kitty in return is just the cherry on top of the cake.

    • IsaChandra says:

      That attitude is music to my ears, THANK YOU! And that’s a really cute idea for a present preview. Hope your mom loves the kitty once she gets it.

  3. AusFox says:

    I’ve waiting for mine as well, but haven’t been concerned – I knew there was a large amount of orders in a ridiculously short time frame. It’s interesting to hear how the process has changed along the way – good luck with all of the future kitties, it’s a great cause and I’m looking forward to meeting my little feline friend soon!

  4. Katherine says:


    I think this is a wonderful idea!!! 200 orders in 2 days is amazing!

    If you don’t mind my asking, what kind of marketing advertising did you do?

    My group is trying to raise money to open a high volume spay/neuter clinic and could really use some ideas!

    Katherine (President)

  5. Debbie says:

    Sorry I didn’t check the Teal Cat Project website for this post before I emailed you. I agree that the donation is definitely the main point and I’m so glad to hear that you’ve received so many. I will treasure my teal cat when it arrives! I’m also searching second-hand stores and yard sales so I can send more kitties! Thanks for coming up with this amazing idea!!

    • IsaChandra says:

      Omigod, no worries! I would be emailing, too. But thank you for understanding and know that your little kitty is going to get to you soon!

  6. Christine says:

    I’m waiting for my teal cat so I checked in. I definitely don’t mind waiting as long as necessary. Like everyone says, it is a good cause! I’m only concerned because initially there was a problem with my PayPal account (my credit card info had been stolen and PayPal put my account on hold until I could confirm my identity). I confirmed my identity and the charge for my teal cat went through, but I can’t help worrying a bit. Are other people still waiting for teal cats? If so, no big deal. I just want to know if mine is on the way or not…however long it takes! 🙂

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