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Cat Lovers Outraged Over a Taxidermy Cat Purse For Sale Online

Photo Source: Trade Me

Photo Source: Trade Me

Straight from the WTF files, a New Zealand taxidermist Claire Hobbs has listed an unusual item for sale on the auction site Trade Me. It’s a handbag made from the pelt of a dead cat. Listed as “A Real Glamour Puss Purse,” the ad says:

A very stylish handbag …for the girl that has everything a one off purse that will grab attention where ever you go
This handbag will last for years and years as long as it is looked after.
The purse strap is easily changed to suit your taste….

This is not for the faint hearted…….
no animals were killed or hurt to create this piece

Ms Hobbs told Stuff the bag was made from a feral cat that was “hit by a car on backwash country road”. She kept it in her freezer for three months before transforming it into a bag.

The listing has attracted a number of negative comments from cat lovers who find the piece disturbing:

This is disgusting.. Not the slightest bit creative or artistic

That is sick !! I love animals and you are totally disrespecting them !!!

This is disrespectful to someone’s cat who was once a loved pet. Morally wrong and in poor taste,

So you want to not only make your beloved pet into a bag,but you want to sell it too?…how crass on many levels….yuck!!!!

The auction listing has it’s fair share of supporters, too. The purse is listed for sale with a starting bid of $1,400 and so far has no bids.



  1. Lu

    Sep 21, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Now bid up to $485

    • virginia zurawski

      Sep 22, 2016 at 10:56 am


  2. Anne

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Sick and demented !!
    A stray feral cat .. had never known the love of a human …
    You need a brain scan whoever did this ……
    It’s not right , so STOP IT !!!! Bury the cat and go to a psychiatrist.

  3. Michelle Boyd

    Sep 21, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I love it !!!

  4. Judy lott

    Sep 22, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Ugh….. disgusting. The person who made this is sick and twisted. This is a disgrace to show no respect for this beautiful animal. Treat the cat with the respect it deserved. Bury that purse. Never do something this disgusting again. This looks like one of my much-loved pets. Ugh. What a disgrace.

  5. bella

    Sep 22, 2016 at 10:39 am

    May God curse this bag for whoever owns it! Who in their right mind would want a purse made out of a cat with a cat head on it!!!! sick psychopaths!

  6. Lola V

    Sep 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    How is possible an animal lover do this to animals. There is no respect or love in this actions. If animals will have a second life is not in this way by taxidermy. Seems like everything is about money for her and for Trade Me.

  7. Evita

    Sep 22, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    You are an Sick Woman who need to take a brain scan!!! Something is very wrong with you Stupid twisted woman!! SHAME ON YOU!!

  8. Robin

    Sep 22, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    A reflection of a dark soul & mind with no respect for cats! Killing to make your demented trade! Shameful! People kill cats for her to treat like rubbish! A disturbed sick woman who needs psychiatric help and should stay away from animals! This is sickening!

  9. Sheridan Alcock

    Sep 23, 2016 at 7:01 am

    As a cat owner of 3 i find this sick disgusting and twisted. Wrong on every level

  10. Katt

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:59 am

    What the HELL was she thinking? What a stupid thing to do even if the cat WAS roadkill.


    Sep 30, 2016 at 7:11 am


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