When an abandoned cat was found on the streets and taken in by The Mayhew Animal Home, in Kensal Green London, the staff would soon discover that the feline shared more than a distinguishing physical characteristic with her future namesake.
Unlike the famous human artist Vincent Van Gogh the cats injury was not self-inflicted, and upon further inspection the vet staff determined that a previous surgery on her ear had been performed incorrectly and was the cause of her ongoing ear infections. It was decided the best course of action was to remove the whole ear, which corrected the problem and left the cat with a very memorable look and name – Van Gogh.
Van Gogh proved to have a knack for post-impressionist art and the cat, who is four years old, soon began creating her own paintings, the staff noticing that her “mucky paw prints seemed to make a pattern.“
Van Gogh’s feline senses helped her interpret and create her own versions of famous paintings like The Starry Night and Sunflowers. Her medium of choice however is fruit juice, this protects her paws and ensures she stays safe during her artistic forays.
The staff told The Telegraph that Van Gogh has been showing a variety talents since she first arrived and has even managed to make a few phone calls by draping herself on the handset. While Van Gogh may not be looking for an agent to represent her work, she is most definitely in search of her forever home.
“She’s a very special cat who is hugely affectionate and will make a lovely pet for someone. She loves to be cuddled all day long.“
Van Gogh’s work is also being sold by The Mayhew Animal House, all the money raised will go to help other animals in need. If you live in the UK and would like to adopt Van Gogh, or know someone willing to give her a permanent and loving home please visit her adoption page.