Have you ever done any sort of genealogy research into your background to find out more about where you came from? Tabs actually did some of that this weekend, and what we found was fascinating! — although not altogether a surprise.
Apparently, Tabs comes from a long line of kitty models and entertainers, like his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather cat, Franklin, who starred in one of the very first print ads for feline cosmetics. Catex Claw Polish and Nosetints were all the rage among fashionable felines in the late 1930s and ’40s.
No kidding, but we found evidence of his feline family ties working in the kitty modeling business from the ’20s through the ’70s, but that’s when the trail went dry… It seems that his ancestors got out of kitty modeling for a while, for some reason, and went into the shipping business.
I don’t know if you’re into this kind of thing, but if you are, here are some of the vintage kitty modeling advertisements we found.