Kit-tea Collectibles

I use this teapot for hot water only
I use this teapot for hot water only

Cat lovers are suckers. Really. Not only do we put up with all kinds of kitty nonsense, like the recent demolition of my cherry-red teapot – knocked off the counter by Panther chasing Skyler – but we happily fill up every nook and cranny of our homes with collections of pretty much anything and everything that has a cat motif.

As I pointed out in my recent piece Here Kit-tea Kit-tea, many cat lovers are also tea lovers. So the cat things we collect often take the form of tea ware and accessories. Having loved cats and tea for a very long time, I have a good-sized collection of these (a few are shown here).

Cardew creamer and teapot
Cardew creamer and teapot

Now, it’s not just me going nuts and buying these things, although I do admit to the occasional nutty buying spree. When friends and family shop for me, they’re always looking for stuff with cats, or with tea, or preferably with both. That’s how I ended up with my lovely Cardew cat teapot and creamer/pitcher. And with a passel of cozies, tea wallets, and table linens embellished with kitties in one form or another.

Japanese kitty teapots
Japanese kitty teapots

The quest for cat-tish tea things (or tea-ish cat things) apparently puts quite a bit of strain on folks who want to give me gifts. I know they’re driving themselves crazy just to please me, and I feel rather badly about it. Not badly enough, however, to ask them to stop …

Recently I received a tea-for-one set from a family member who apologized that the decoration was floral rather than feline. Never mind that it is absolutely beautiful – one of the prettiest teapots I now own. I like flowers … and many other motifs. So I’m very happy with my new teapot and other non-cat tea things. But yes, I’m happier when they have cats on them.

Some cat-tea cozies
Some cat-tea cozies

If cats and tea is your passion too, allow me to pass along a few suggestions for places where I’ve found some of my treasures. Everyone’s favourite online handicraft shop, Etsy, showcases an ever-changing assortment of handmade and vintage cat-tea ware. Zazzle has some clever apparel, posters, and other items, individually designed tho’ not handmade. In the analogue (read: off-line) world look for catty tea ware in tea rooms, gift shops, antiques shops, crafts shops, and crafts fairs. And do check out fund-raising shops and holiday sales run by pet rescue and shelter groups, either locally or online; one such is The Animal Rescue Site, but there are many more. Buying from these sources not only beautifies your cat-tea collection, but also helps real cats (and dogs) in need. And that’s really beautiful.

Hand-crafted laminated fabric serving dish
Hand-crafted laminated fabric serving dish

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