Thanks for the compliments everyone. Actually we often use very cheap props in these shots. I do have a few 'backgrounds' - but they are all just pieces of material that I purchased from a fabric seller years ago.
But the true secret in getting the cats to co-operate is Hypnosis. I just bore them into submission by talking nonsense to them.
OK OK the real secret....you need 2 people and Carmy (wifey) deserves half the credit for sure. She pets them until they are almost in a coma-like state. THEN she calls me to do all the easy work.