You might well ask why I choose to create humorous art. The reason is simple: life is hard and none of us gets out of it alive. We can bemoan that fact and live in fear of the unknown. Or, we can look for the moments of humor, humanity and connection that make the ride less scary and a lot more meaningful. I choose the latter. And in these unnerving and uncertain times, I’ve also been turning to creating happy cat art.

My recent happy cat art…

Depicts a ritual from my daily phone calls with my mom.

Happy Cat Art by Joana Miranda

As you can see, my mom has trained little Puck, her Siamese, to wave “bye-bye.” Of course, this trick usually involves some cajoling, as well as ample treats. Amazingly, Puck’s become a pro at “bye-bye.” And he usually manages three rounds of waves (tolerating multiple hugs and kisses) before he runs off to find safety underneath the rungs of a chair.

Yah, life is good…

(When you’re a cat!)

Funny photo of Siamese cat in his owner's lap

But, if we’re willing, we can learn a lesson or two on happiness from our feline friends who…

Only know how to live in the moment


Instinctively know the importance of rest and play!

How about you? Are you finding ways to celebrate the little moments? Have you had some fun today?

“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the humankind.”

Clevelance Amory

P.S. To see more of my happy cat art, please visit my shop at Society6.


  1. Mm says:

    Oh my! It’s me (looking decent, thank you very much!) and my baby. Poor Pucky, what I put him through. But I’m glad you did say that he DOES wave bye-bye! World’s most brilliant cat. Xoxo mm

    • Joana says:

      Yes, he IS the world’s most brilliant cat, but that’s because he has a brilliant trainer. When I get my Singapura I’m convinced that Puckee and SingSing will be best friends. 🙂

      xox – J

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