Dead cat handbag put on sale at auction for £800 causes disgust and keen interest

Seller warns the taxidermy bag is not for the faint hearted Credit: TradeMe

A handbag made from the skin of a dead cat has sparked a bidding war on an online auction despite being criticised as "disgusting" by animal lovers.

Hundreds of potential buyers have expressed interest in the unusual accessory, which is described as a "one off glamour puss purse" and priced at £800.

The creation of taxidermist artist Claire Hobbs is made from the pelt of a ginger cat called Tom, whose head remains intact, and features a beaded shoulder strap.

The item was advertised on New Zealand website Trade Me.

The cat was fatally hit by a car before being made into a bag. Credit: Trade Me

The auction seller said no cats had been harmed to make the bag, adding that Tom was found after being run over by a car.

The accessory is described as a "very stylish handbag for the girl that has everything".

But the seller, based in Christchurch, on New Zealand's South Island, warns: "This is not for the faint hearted."

The cat bag has drawn much attention, with more than 800 buyers expressing an interest in it.

The seller also offers mixed taxidermy using a combination of cats and birds. Credit: TradeMe

But not all responses to the listing have been positive, with many expressing their disgust online.

One user said: "That is sick! I love animals and you are totally disrespecting them."

Another commented: "This is disgusting. Not the slightest bit creative or artistic."

The taxidermy handbag is not the only bizarre item the seller, who goes by the name Alientech, has posted on Trade Me.

Also up for grabs are mixed taxidermy using a combination of cats and birds, which cost £1,600 and are described as "very rare".

The online auction on the cat handbag ends on Wednesday.