This is a spirited and lively deck of playing cards that is cute at the same time. It has
humorously and rightly been described as "the cat's meow"! The tuck box immediately introduces us to
one of the cat characters that populate this deck. It also has a numbered seal (featuring a paw
print), and a two of spades reveal on the inside flap.
I can't say enough good things about
the borderless back design. The ornate artwork really emphasizes the two cats that are silhouetted
as the key feature, and the full bleed design looks stunning in spreads and when handling. My only
concern is that the style doesn't seem to entirely fit with the artwork style employed by the face
of the cards, but there's no doubt that these card backs look truly spectacular.
real appeal of this deck lies in the court cards, which depict various cats that are dressed for
success. Each suit depicts cats from a different region as follows (listed here in order of Jack,
Queen, King, and Ace):
- Hearts (Europe): Scottish Cat, Russian Blue, Tuxedo Cat, Lynx
Spades (America: Bengal Cat, Rag-doll Cat, Calico Cat, Cougar
- Diamonds (Asia): Black Cat,
Persian Cat, Himalaya Cat, Tiger
- Clubs (Africa): Chausie, Abyssinian Cat, Egyptian Mau,
The card faces have a vintage style appearance, that looks great and works well
with the artwork, while the pips are clearly customized, and the indices are clear.
the fact that the Aces have been given their own identity, with heavily stylized artwork that on the
one hand matches the court cards, and yet is clearly distinct from them in that they feature the
great cats of the wild: Lynx, Cougar, Tiger, and Cheetah.
The Jokers add more cat
characters to the mix, with a Lion (the only cat with a mane), and a Sphinx (an unuxual hairless
Two extra gaff cards give possibilities for magical effects involving
transformations and vanishing, with two extra Ace of Diamonds, one with an alternate cat character,
and the other with a blank area where the cat character would normally be.
Once again the
printer of choice is USPCC, to ensure high quality, durability, and smooth handling. Collectors will
especially enjoy this deck, but the fact that it has very clear indices also ensures that this deck
can also work just fine for card games or in the hands of a magician. - BoardGameGeek reviewer