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There's lots of good cat taxidermists in the state Dave. Check some websites and visit the PTA site http://www.pataxidermy.com to find someone near you. Take the time to visit the studio and actually look at the work being done there. Feel free to take photos of live cats with you.
Let me know what area of the state you're in and I can point you toward a few.

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Predator faces are among the most difficult to capture correctly. Look at your dog or cat and observe how many different "expressions" it can have in a minute. Its pretty amazing. How many expressions can a deer have?? Hungry, horny, mad and "holy crap I gotta get outa here!"

Predator eyes and facial hair patterns contribute the most to the "lifelikeness" and overall appeal of the mount because that is where the most "expression" is. This is especially true with cats---domestic, bob, mountain and african.
 

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Thanks PaulC, that was informative. I guess the next question is- there's a big difference in a very lifelike appearance and the cross eyed yotes we've seen pics of- you would think a competant taxidermist while not nailing the mount would do an average job, not the horrors we've seen. Seems like there's no in between- they nail it or there abouts or the work takes a dive off a cliff and hits bottom. Keystonepaul
 

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Greg Orr who owns Fisherman's Pride Taxidermy in Titusville, PA did an awesome job with my cat last year. I agree with Dave I have seen a lot more bad cat and coyote mounts than good ones. Hopefully i can post some pics in the future for everyone to see.
 
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