Feline festive? Musical cats strike a chord in 2012 calendar

By Nadia Gilani

You've got to be kitten: Two cats strum out a tune on electrical guitars in a make-shift studio with an amplifier

These tow-tapping felines look like they are getting into the party spirit in a calendar that will make the purr-fect Christmas present for any cat lover.

Musical Moggs shows several cats getting into their groove as they turn their paws to playing a selection of different instruments.

In one picture, a pair of cool cats appear to be having a musical jam as they rock it out together on electric guitars.

Up to scratch? These three cool cats seem to have plenty of puff

Another picture shows them turn to brass as they pump out a tune on a trombone and tuba.

A clarinet-playing cat pelts out a tune while his companion holds up the music for it to read, while in another photograph an accordion player appears to be lost in the music as it plays a piece pressing its paws on the keyboard while squeezing the box.

Another picture shows a ginger tom playing a saxophone while standing beside a neon sign for a jazz club.

Steve Bicknell, from Maverick Arts, which produced the calendar, used a friend’s cats to pose for the pictures, manipulated them on a computer to give the illusion that they are really playing instruments.

Sound of mewsic: One cat plays the clarinet while the other helps out by holding up the music

Narrow squeak: A grey and white moggy squeezes a tune out of an accordion

He told the Sunday Express: 'We are very experienced shooting with cats and make sure they are not overworked.'

Maverick Arts, based in Pulborough, West Sussex, which specialises in publishing humorous calendars, greetings cards and children's books, has also produced a calendar called Ballroom Bunnies, featuring two rabbits performing an impressive range of dance styles.

Classical cat: A feline flautist appears to be playing on a concert stage

Cool for cats: A ginger tom cat purrs over a saxophone in an underground jazz club



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