This cat got more culture than others during quarantine.

By Andrea Romano
May 19, 2020
Credit: Courtesy of Jake Lambert and Jessica Atkins (@Jessica_Atkins) and Richard Parker Littlelostlad (@RichardparkerCat)

Even cats can enjoy a nice trip to the museum.

While cats are, typically, not allowed in museums any day, stay-at-home orders that are in effect to combat the spread of coronavirus mean museum tours are, sadly, not in the cards for most anyone.

Sure, some humans can enjoy a virtual tour of their favorite museum anywhere in the world, but the idea of virtual reality may be lost on a cat. The solution? Build a fine art museum just for your beloved feline in your very own home.

Jake Lambert and Jessica Atkins, a couple in the U.K. who own a very adorable, one-eyed, black cat named Richard Parker, did exactly that, according to Metro. Richard Parker lost his eye as a kitten after being shot with a BB gun, according to Lambert, but he’s still a happy cat who loves to play and do tricks.

Quarantine measures aside, poor Richard Parker is recovering from a foot injury, so he, like his humans, are housebound. “He seemed bored and so were we,” Lambert told Metro. “We thought we could all do with some entertainment. All cats require a lot of stimulation, and we thought he might enjoy taking in some culture.”

Lambert is a comedian and his girlfriend, Atkins, is a veterinary nurse, but they took on the positions of cat museum curators while they meticulously worked on a very detailed assortment of famous paintings for Richard to enjoy.

According to Metro, Lambert and Atkins created 11 paintings total, including cardboard frames, that took up about six feet in their apartment. They recreated works from artists like Monet and Picasso as part of their mini-gallery, as well as some classic paintings with cats in them. After all, this is for a cat, and it’s important to be able to see yourself represented in art.

Credit: Courtesy of Jake Lambert and Jessica Atkins (@Jessica_Atkins) and Richard Parker Littlelostlad (@RichardparkerCat)
Credit: Courtesy of Jake Lambert and Jessica Atkins (@Jessica_Atkins) and Richard Parker Littlelostlad (@RichardparkerCat)

“He loved all the portraits, especially 'The Creation of Adam' by Michelangelo, probably because this particular version depicted the cat as a god, and we all know that’s exactly how cats see themselves,” Lambert said to Metro.

In addition, Lambert and Atkins even made little “no cameras” and “no eating or drinking” signs, and roped-off sections, to really recreate the experience of going to a real art gallery. The only thing missing is the security guard ready to scold you the second you take your smartphone out.

Seeing the photos Lambert posted on Instagram, it seems like Richard Parker is a true art lover.

All the photos of Richard Parker enjoying his kitty art gallery can be found on Lambert’s Instagram and Twitter pages.