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Feline Friday – #68 – farewell to Pharoah

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It never gets easier to say goodbye to beloved companions. Pharoah came to live with us in 2005 at six months old. He was a feral cat born at a truck stop in Fresno. The truck driver brought him to Los Angeles in the hope he would find a good home. I was told that at that young age he had already been fostered, adopted and rejected several times.

He was born with an autoimmune disease quite common with feral cats. It affected his entire body but manifested itself in his right eye. I won’t go into all the gory details but he had health problems all his life. I knew he wouldn’t live to a ripe old age.

But he made it to thirteen years old.

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He was named Pharoah because at the time I was studying Egyptian history and his favorite pose was an Egyptian sphinx. He was also the color of the Sahara Desert sand. So it all fit.

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As a frightened feral feline he more or less lived under the rocking chair in the bedroom for the first three weeks.

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But as he became more secure and ventured out into the vast realm of the house, he soon found some favorite places to rest and nap. He seemed to have an affinity for flowers and plants and would often pose next to them.

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Can you find the cat in the photo above? Look carefully! That’s Pharoah peeking over the planter. That was a favorite spot for watching the neighborhood to make sure all was well.

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Pharoah was a master of disguise. In the above photo he is blending into the planters on the deck. Do you see him?

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Pharoah was able to nap in the strangest places. I would often find him sleeping with his head hanging down or a leg straddling the furniture… but I guess he was comfortable!

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But his favorite place of all was on the pillows on the loveseat by the living room window. I could always count on him to be there in the afternoon.

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Although Pharoah loved breakfast and dinner, his favorite snack in between meals was wheat and barley grass. I grow it for my own green drink. But don’t worry, I don’t share… the cats get the second growth.

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Like all my cats it was in his contract that he had to help out in the office. Turned out his talent was filing despite not being able to read.

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And now, sweet Pharoah has ridden off into his final sunset. He passed away peacefully at home under the rocking chair, his safe place, on Sunday morning.

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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. Recently I rediscovered photography and I am busy learning everything I can about it. It's a great excuse for getting outside, wandering around and stopping to look at things.

27 thoughts on “Feline Friday – #68 – farewell to Pharoah

  1. That handsome fellow certainly lived a happier and longer life with you than he would have done without a home, or in a less sympathetic home. He found a good place and made it his own. Best wishes to you and all of his family.

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  2. I am so sorry. It’s never easy and he will leave a hole. He was a beautiful cat and seemed happy despite his early mishaps. Peace to your household.

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  3. I’m sorry for your loss. That sweet kitty was lucky to have you. Last picture actually made me tear up, just wonderful.

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  4. He had a happy life with you and I am glad he was at home when he died peacefully. Perhaps his spirit will linger under the chair for your comfort.

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    • Thanks Greg. Over the years I wanted to get rid of that ratty chair that became a scratching post. But as it was P’s place to hide I had to keep it. So it will remain as his memorial.

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  5. So sorry for your loss, Roslyn….

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  6. I’m so sorry, Roslyn. What a beautiful kitty and what a life of contentment he lived with you. Wishing you peace and comfort in good memories of Pharoah.

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  7. I’m so sorry, Roslyn. This is truly a beautiful tribute to Pharoah. You were a great cat mom and you gave him a wonderful life…your photos are proof of that.

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  8. So sorry to hear of your loss. Pharoah was a sweet soul, and I’m glad he got to spend those 13 years with you. They surely do leave a space in our hearts reserved only for them. Sweet boy will be missed.

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  9. He will live on somewhere else comfy, but you gave him a good home and he was a lucky kitty.

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    • Thanks, Laurie. Despite all his problems I feel like looking after him was worthwhile and I’m glad he spent his life with me.

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  10. Hugs fot you as you adjust to Pharoah’s passing. What a sweet farewell you posted to his memory today. RIP Pharoah.

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  11. I’m so sorry, Roslyn. What a beautiful kitty and what a life of contentment he lived with you. Wishing you peace and comfort in good memories of Pharoah.

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  12. So sorry to read that Pharoah has crossed the rainbow bridge. He was lucky to have found you and you gave him a good life. Hugs and purrs.

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  13. What a beautiful gorgeous boy,so handsome in the photos.His memories and love for Pharaoh will always be in your heart.Bless you.x🐾🐾🐾🐾💕

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