Why Paint Cats: The Ethics of Feline Aesthetics Burton Silver and Heather Busch
This book is incredible, thanks Paul! It has amazing photos of painted cats, with explanations of why the owners chose to paint them. Some for reasons of religion, others to match the cat to their hair. The one I like the best is the two toned cat - a brilliant blue with tips in fluorescent red, on a long haired cat. Even in natural light it glows! The last photo (see below) is a winner. There are some completely over the top and disgusting painted cats, but some are tasteful, funny or very subtle (as in the one where only it's whiskers were painted). A great book, though not for all tastes.