Eleven years ago tomorrow, on September 28, I lost my beautiful sweet Lucy Cat. She was skittish and terrified when I first got her, hiding under the bed and only emerging at night to eat. I decided to take on gentling her as a project, but that soon turned into just loving her up. She eventually graduated to merely prickly, but with an increasing supply of love returned to me. I had her for 11 years and by about half that time, she had softened enough that she would play with other people, and even let them pet her. I was devastated when she died. I know, I know, everyone feels this way about their “best kitty ever,” but Lucy was mine.
In Lucy’s honor, therefore, I have the distinct pleasure of presenting Neko Font, a DIY word creation site that takes any letters(s) you type in and converts them to kitty-shaped furriness! It was created in Japan (“neko” is the Japanese word for cat) but I have the English-language site selected; other languages are available via the menu at the top.
Enjoy! And raise a glass for Lucy.
And yes, starting this Sunday, September 29, the time since she died (2008–2019) will be longer than the time I had with her (1997–2008). This makes me so sad.
- Currently the Neko Font download function is broken, but you can take a screenshot of your letters/words.
- To make a new word, select Top in the menu.
- The cat shapes are made by Raizo (male) and Mondo (female), with profiles at http://nekofont.upat.jp/en/profile.html.
- FAQ are at http://nekofont.upat.jp/en/question.html.
- You can find out a little more about the artist and font at http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2014/01/24/nekofont-a-typeset-made-from-cats/