Don’t you love seeing a piece of artwork that you’re instantly drawn to? That’s how I felt when I visited Vina Kao’s Cat At Roof booth at CatCon earlier this year. Vina sells home décor items featuring her charming cat art.
There’s something so enchanting about the pieces Vina creates. Right now, she only sells her art on home décor items, but I hope one day she sells them as art prints. I’d be first in line to buy them!
Cat At Roof
I purchased three pieces from Vina at CatCon. Vina’s booth was so popular that she sold out at the annual cat-centric event! Here’s what I purchased.
This mousepad that Sophie insisted on inspecting.
Here’s what the full mousepad looks like. It’s also available as a wall clock.
Next up, this glass cutting board. Vina sells them in two sizes. I wanted the bigger size, but I waited too long to return to her booth, and she had already sold out of them. This one is 8 inches x 11 inches. The bigger size is 11×15.
Here’s another adorable cutting board from Vina’s shop.
The third item I purchased at the show was a wall clock – the one with the cat reading the book. Here’s a selection of the clocks available in the Cat At Roof shop. There are many more designs, too!
After CatCon, I couldn’t help but visit Vina’s Etsy store, and I ended up buying two of her bathmats. As you can tell, I’m in love with her artwork, which is why I wanted to share her shop with others.
In addition to bathmats, mousepads, wall clocks, and cutting boards, Vina also sells her artwork on blankets.
Finding a name, thanks to Squeaky
I thought “Cat At Roof” was a fun and unique name, so I asked Vina how she came up with it. She told me how a cat, soon to be named Squeaky, played into the naming of her Etsy store.
Around the time that Vina started her online store, she and her husband found a tiny black cat on their roof, who was hiding from bigger cats in the neighborhood. They took in the cat and named her Squeaky.
Squeaky arrived around the same time that Vina was feeling burned out from working at a large animation studio on their feature films. After wrapping on her latest project, and having lost passion for animation and anything creative, Vina decided to take a year off and work on something smaller to make herself happy – “to heal my tired soul” – as she put it.
Vina thought of Squeaky arriving on her roof – and inspiration struck! She could name her store Cat At Roof to celebrate the new chapter she was starting. Only later did Vina realize (who is originally from Taiwan) that “at” was not the correct word in English. But, she says, it was was too late and she already felt bound to the name Cat At Roof.
I think it’s a lovely name with a wonderful story behind it. And here is the adorable Squeaky on one of Vina’s bathmats.
If you’re shopping for the cat lover in your life (or for yourself!), check out Vina’s charming cat-themed home décor!
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Rachel is a lifelong cat lover, who loves writing and sharing about all things cat. Having been a cat mom for over 13 years, she is passionate about animal welfare and has fostered several cats and kittens. Rachel has used her skills as an award-winning blogger to volunteer as a writer and editor for a nationwide program supporting shelter cats. She entertains readers with her own cats’ antics on her other blog Three Chatty Cats. Rachel and her husband Ross share their home with four adorable cats – Dexter, Olive, Sophie, and Woodrow – and one handsome pup named Guster.