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A tea pet, also known as a tea lover's pet, is a small clay figure which is kept by some tea drinkers for good luck. The show tea pet is a Yixing Zisha clay tea pet, the figure of a sleepy cat. Two different materials, one is made of hong ni clay (red color), the other is made by duan ni clay (yellow color).
The way that tea lovers raise a tea pet is quite similar to the way that they maintain a Yixing Zisha clay teapot. It is a very time-consuming process. They often pour leftover tea over their tea pets and use a tea brush to wipe the surface of the tea pet to help it absorb the tea evenly. Tea pets should be only rinsed with water, without using soap or any dish-washing liquid, to ensure a progressive increase in the fragrance and color of the tea. After prolonged maintenance, over months or years, the tea pet will absorb the tea, and its appearance will become glossier along with the aroma of the tea.