It’s International Cat Day! That means – even if you’re a dog person – today is dedicated to adorable fluffy felines all over the world. We’re celebrating by wearing our matching cat-ear hairbands that we bought for Halloween last year (because, why not), watching cat videos on YouTube and eating these puuurrr-fect kawaii kitty cookies. We reckon you should be copycats and do the same…

Ingredients (makes 20-24)

For the cookies:

• 200g soft salted butter
• 200g golden caster (superfine) sugar
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 large free-range egg, lightly beaten
• 400g plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting

For the decorations:

• soft-peak royal icing in your chosen colours, in piping bags fitted with round piping nozzles, for outline
• runny royal icing, in the same shades as the soft-peak icing in piping bags, for flooding
• black edible food pens (fine-tip), for face details
• pink edible dusting powder, for cheeks

Recipe

For the cookies:

1. Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl, add the vanilla and beat before mixing in the egg with a wooden spoon.

2. Tip in the flour and continue to mix until a dough is formed.

3. Roll it out onto a floury surface then cut with cat cookie cutters.

4. Place in the oven and bake for around 10–12 minutes then cool.

For the decorations:

1. Pipe soft-peak royal icing around the edges of the cookie shapes in your different colours.

2. Flood the centre of the kitty face in a runny royal icing in matching colours. You can make them two or three-tone – just have fun! Leave to dry for a few hours or ideally overnight.

3. Using the black edible pen add the nose and mouth, then some tiny whiskers to make them look puuurrr-fect.

4. Add dots of runny white royal icing to create the shimmer on the eyes. Use pink dusting powder to add sweet cheeks. You can add a little runny pink royal icing for the insides of the ears, too.

5. Keep them as pets or just gobble them all up!

From Kawaii Cakes by Juliet Sear (Hardie Grant, £10) Photography © Jacqui Melville

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Image: Jacqui Melville/Katie Edmunds

Prepare to squeal, because Weepy Girls’ Corner has come to life – whiskers and all.

Yes, the inside of Clapham Common tube station is now entirely covered in cat photos. All 68 advert spaces in the South London Underground station have been filled with photos of adorable wide-eyed felines. No more weight loss ads, no impossibly glam models or fast food or mortgage loans or holidays you can’t afford – just cats.

It’s all the work of The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (‘CATS’, lol), who have been crowdfunding money to fund the #catsnotads stunt for months. Over £23,000 was raised by campaign supporters, enough to make the furry dream a reality.

Cat photos on tube station barriers

Um, why though? The answer: because it is nice. Or as the CATS team put it,

Wouldn’t it be great not to worry about the holiday we can’t afford, the car we don’t need, or the body we don’t have? Imagine a world where public spaces made you feel good.

It would! We can!

Cat advert

And just in case your heart isn’t warmed enough, most of the cats in the photos are residents at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home or Cats Protection – meaning they’re all in need of loving homes. Don’t all hug the posters at once, now.

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Images: Twitter/weglimpse ; CATS