Painted a cheery coral, Cats and Dogs (Factory) is a whimsical delight by Andy Warhol, well known for his love of animals. His depiction of the feline is electric, displaying the characteristic smudges of the silkscreening process across the animal’s peach-toned body. Created in 1976, the subject of the series was suggested to Warhol by his manager, Fred Hughes. Although the cycle appears to represent a departure from the glossy socialites for which the artist had gained international fame, ever the entrepreneur, Warhol loved the idea, in which he saw a means to ‘open a new area for commission portraits’ (A. Warhol, quoted in D. Woodward, ‘Andy Warhol's Cats and Dogs’, AnOther, 6 August 2013). Initially sketching stuffed animals, he quickly transitioned to live subjects, which he rendered in his signature Day-Glo palette. Warhol had always loved cats, and he owned dozens throughout his life. In the 1950s, before reaching any sort of fame, Warhol had lived on Lexington Avenue with his mother and twenty-five cats, whose images they committed to paper in 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy, a collection of hand-coloured lithograph prints. This was subsequently followed by a second publication, Holy Cats by Andy Warhol’s Mother, narrating the story of the cat Hester’s adventures in heaven. Applying the same aesthetic treatment to Cats and Dogs (Factory) as he did to his portraits of celebrities conferred a similar importance onto the animal. For Warhol, even these domestic pets deserved fifteen minutes of fame.