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Feline Friday – #64 – using up the roll

Friday

Looking through boxes of old photos I found these two images of Friday and Pharoah.

By this time (June 2005) I had a very early Olympus point & shoot 1.5 pixel digital camera. But I took my trusty Olympus point & shoot film camera on my trip to Italy.

When I got home I still had two frames left on my last roll of film. So I took photos of my two cats at the time, my naughty Tuxedo Friday (pictured above, since deceased) and my sweet Champagne Tabby Pharoah (below, still with us), who I had just adopted a couple of months previously to my trip. Friday was NOT happy that I had left him for two weeks with Pharoah. But that’s a whole other story!

pharoah

In the days of film I didn’t want to waste a frame! I then sent the roll of film off to make prints and to be digitized on a CD.

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Feline Friday – #28 – happy birthday Pharoah

pharoah catAccording to his adoption papers, my champagne tabby Pharoah was born eleven years ago today, September 4, 2004.

This photo was taken when he first arrived in his new home at six months old, ten and a half years ago.

At the time I was studying Egyptian history in the Archaeology Program at UCLA. As he is the color of the desert sand and fond of posing in the sphynx position, I named him Pharoah.

A couple of years ago I didn’t think he would last much longer. He has an auto-immune condition common with feral cats (which manifests itself in his eye) and he wasn’t doing well.

But now he has rebounded and using yet another of his nine lives.

He is a happy cat and never complains. They say cats don’t really smile, but don’t tell that to Pharoah, as he always has a big one on his face.

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Feline Friday – #12 – Phaorah in the morning sun

pharoah in the sunNot to be left out of the deck photos I took on Saturday, Pharoah, my champagne tabby, wanted me to post these pictures of him enjoying the early morning sun.

The cats have access 24/7 to the roof deck through a pet door. This is Pharoah’s bench and his favorite time of day to be basking in the glorious warm sun, even if his towel is a little damp and messy from an overnight sprinkling of rain.

If the sun doesn’t cooperate, Pharoah will be found indoors curled up on the daybed in my office.

As I have mentioned before, he has the uncanny ability to sleep in this almost standing position totally oblivious to anything going on around him.

Pharoah in the sun

These were taken Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 7:45am and 8:00am respectively, right after breakfast.

Pharoah is a cat of routine and I always know where I will find him at any given time during the day.

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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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