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Feline Friday – Pharoah celebrates my 200th post


cat pharoah on pillows

Evidently I don’t have enough going on in my life already as I decided to start a Feline Friday post. I am going to TRY to post something related to my cats… and maybe other people’s cats… every Friday. I’m not very good at doing anything on a regular basis or following through on things like this… but we will see what happens.

cat pharoah on pillows

I decided to start with my oldest cat, a champagne tabby named Pharoah. He is ten years old, born at a truck stop in Fresno, California, and found by a trucker who brought him to a shelter in Los Angeles.

I call him “The King of Pillows” as the loveseat by the window is one of his favorite sunny spots for a siesta. Sometimes I don’t even see him there… he looks just like another throw pillow.

Coincidentally this is my 200th post on this blog. I didn’t plan anything special but it works out nicely that Pharoah is here to help me celebrate.

Pharoah was six months old when I adopted him but even at that young age he had been in several homes for “behavioral” problems. I’ve never had a problem with him. With me he has always been serene and content. He is my good boy!

I was studying Egyptian history at the time, he liked to pose just like a Sphynx and he was the color of the Saharan sands… hence the name.

After all these years he still exhibits his feral nature. If I move up on him too fast he will run off. If I put my hands out to stroke him he will run off. That fear is innate in him.

But he loves to sleep on top of me during the night. No matter how much I toss and turn he is like a ship remaining upright in a rough sea. But if I sit up, he will run off. His favorite place to interact with me is behind the stair railings. He sits on the stairs and lets me reach my hand through the railings so I can can stroke him or brush him. Then he feels secure. He also likes to eat there.

He has had a feral eye virus since the beginning. Two vets wanted to remove the eye but with his feral behavior there is no way I could help him with recuperation after the surgery. His eye never seems to bother him as I have never seen him paw the eye or complain in any way.

Fortunately I discovered Lysene treats and granules that I mix in his food. That has kept the eye problem at bay for the most part. It is a miracle. When he isn’t sleepy he opens both eyes wide. I just happened to catch him here taking a half-awake nap!

Stay tuned, let’s see if I can do Feline Friday again next week!

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

15 thoughts on “Feline Friday – Pharoah celebrates my 200th post

  1. Pharoah is a beauty, Rosyln. Cogratulations on that happy union! And on your 200th post. And best of luck on the Feline Friday feature. Long may you purr, my friend. 🙂


  2. Thanks Mark… and Pharoah says thank you too!


  3. Yay for cats!!!!!! Can’t wait to see your posts.


  4. Such a beautiful cat. I have a one-eyed cat but she was never feral. In fact she thinks she is human. Fortunately I don’t have to do anything for the eye and she doesn’t seem to miss it. If she does, she hasn’t mentioned it. Good luck with your weekly feature and congrats on number 200!


    • Thanks Kate. If the Lysene stops working or the eye seems to be bothering him I will have to consider surgery… but trying to put any meds in eye before was impossible even for two people… hopefully I won’t have to worry about it!


      • Eye drops aren’t easy. She was in the shelter for 5 months before I adopted her and she was treated there eventually losing her eye. When I adopted her, they gave me her medical chart. The eye drops were not administered consistently. Either she gave them a hard time about it or they were too busy. Either way the infection didn’t go away and she lost her eye.


  5. Kate, I was basically lied to about Pharoah, won’t go into the story but it was the first and last time I adopted through foster care… all my other cats before and after were from the city shelter where they have professional care.


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  9. Pure feline beauty,Roslyn!Hope he still keeps his eye problem at bay 🙂

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