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Feline Friday – #71 – cooling, composing and being contrary

Frankie and Freddie cooling off in the breeze.

We’ve had some heat lately. I don’t use the a/c because my place is built like a barn with high ceilings and an open loft, so fans and open windows to catch the breeze are a better idea. But when you are wearing a year-round fur coat, things can get a little warm.

So when the temps soar upwards Frankie and Freddie stay away from soft surfaces and choose glass and tile instead. One of their favorite spots is the glass top, “former” dining table next to the front balcony. I gave up using the table to eat on when F and F took it over years ago. I don’t mind, there are plenty of other places for me (and my human guests) to eat.

We live about five miles from the Pacific Ocean, so the air flows in through the sliding glass door and circulates out through the other windows and doors.

Freddie in his basket keeping an eye on things.

A couple of weeks ago I was looking for some items to put together for a still life composition. I didn’t have to look far. I looked up and there was Freddie resting in one of his favorite places… the top of the tall armoire in the living room where I keep my art supplies. He can often be found inside the cabinet too as he gets his paw around the lower door and opens it easily.

This is a great cat place to take a nap as it affords a sweeping view of the living and dining area. And he can keep an eye on me as I sit in the loft too! The best part is Frankie is not a good jumper so he can’t follow Freddie up there when he is chasing him.

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Frankie taking ownership of the carrier I bought for Freddie.

Last week I took both Frankie and Freddie separately to the groomer to get their claws clipped. I bought this nice new carrier for Freddie but he refused to get in it. This is the medium size carrier but Freddie weighs 16 lbs (7.2 kg) so I admit it was a tad snug for him. I gave it a trial run before the day.

After forcing one leg in and then the other and then the first leg came out and then another leg in and then the tail and butt in and then another leg out and the tail out and the head in and the front legs out and the butt back in and then the tail and the back legs out and the front legs in…. and then the whole cat screeching across the floor… I gave up!

As soon as Freddie left the area, Frankie jumped in, curled up and took a snooze in there for the rest of the afternoon! One cat’s nightmare is another feline’s dream.

I had better luck with the older carrier. Although it’s the same length it’s a couple of inches higher so I had an easier time stuffing Freddie in it!

Usually Freddie is my Gentle Giant and makes no fuss over anything. Frankie is the more aggressive, less cooperative cat. But the roles were reversed. I was able to transport Frankie to the groomer without a peep out of him. Freddie howled the entire journey to the groomer and all the way home. He would not speak to me for the rest of the day!

Cats are contrary animals to say the least!

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Feline Friday – #69 – manicure, pedicure, pawicure… or a nap?

Frankie

I bought a corrugated cardboard scratcher pad for the felines last week. As soon as I put it down on the floor there was a flurry of fur scrambling for initiation rights. Frankie, being the Bully, claimed it as his before I could blink.

FreddieFreddie the Gentle Giant politely waited for the all-clear from Frankie before hopping aboard for his turn.

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But Frankie would have none of it and immediately scooted over to once again take possession of it for himself.

Frankie and Freddie

Now they seem to have settled into an amicable sharing arrangement. While they do use it to give their claws a manicure, or is it a pedicure… or maybe a pawicure, one or the other is often found napping on it. No worries, next week I’ll buy a second scratcher so no sharing necessary!

At top left you can see a flattened out packing box that Frankie appropriated to make his own scratcher.

Why didn’t I buy the corrugated cardboard before, you might well ask. I did have several around the house but about a year ago when Pharoah got sick and started to lose it, he preferred the scratch boxes instead of the litter boxes. I’ll say no more! Now that Pharoah has passed it is safe to introduce the scratchers again…. okay, you had to ask!

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Feline Friday – #65 – what big ears you have

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When I first met Freddie in August of 2013 I was amused by his huge ears. He was six months old when I adopted him. This photo was taken two months later at eight months.

Gosh, this should have been a clue he was going to grow up to be a gigantic cat. He is now four years old and has definitely grown into those ears. Now his ears look suitable for his 16 lb (7.25 kg) body!

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Despite his size he is still as kittenish and rambunctious as ever. You just don’t want to get in the way of this speeding bullet train as he will knock you over.

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Feline Friday – #63 – getting organized

Freddie

After last week’s post showing Frankie helping me shredding paper in my office, Freddie reminded me that he assists me too.

Here he is organizing the supplies in the storage cabinet behind my desk.

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Feline Friday – #61 – a bed is a bed is a work table

 

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A little while ago I removed the daybed from my office. My original intention was to use it for my afternoon siestas… but it ended up being a cat bed… important, for sure, but better use could be made of the space.

The above photo is of Pharoah in earlier days in repose on the daybed.

Freddie

I replaced the bed with a work table in order to set up a studio space for taking photos of small still life objects… it was a culture shock for the felines, no doubt.

But Freddie was undeterred. What studio?

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Now, this was not exactly what I had in mind. Freddie is neither small nor still.

Freddie

The first photo I took with this setup, an exercise in even lighting of the subject using white boards and a reflector, came out pretty well I thought.

Until I looked at it more closely in Lightroom and saw there was cat hair clinging to the edges of the vase! I had to take it into Photoshop and clean off the fur very delicately with a tiny brush.

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Obviously, we have to work on this idea!

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Feline Friday – #60 – we got our deck back, finally…

Freddie and Frankie

Since last summer construction has been going on next door. Bang bang. Whomp whomp. Shudder shudder. Was that an earthquake?

And not our taste in music either. Waaa waaaa doo dah.

Yes it’s been a tough few months. And just as the noisy construction was tapering off (after numerous false promises that it was the last week and the last day…) we were deluged with rain.

Freddie, Frankie and I are happy for our neighbors after converting their two-bed condo into a three-bed with a much better use of their space.

But we’re even happier that a week ago we were able to reclaim our roof deck for an early evening glass of wine. (Well, one of us drank the wine, the other two did not indulge.)

Aaaahhhhh, peace! And the rains are tapering off too. So nice to see the sun. Life is good.

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Feline Friday – #58 – the welcome home!

freddie, frankie, pharoah

Returned home last night from a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas. I’ll get to that story in another post once I am unpacked and somewhat back to normal.

The photo above was taken a couple of years ago but it’s one of the few of the trio all in one image.

Needless to say, I missed the boys while I was away and wondered what my welcome home would be. Cats don’t like it when the head feline abandons them, even for a short period of time.

As soon as I got out of the taxi I heard squeaking…. yes it was Freddie up on the roof welcoming me home. He seems to know when the taxi turns into the driveway that it is me. Sometimes even if I just go out to dinner, I’ll hear his squeak a few houses away as I am walking back home.

Frankie was mad at me and refused to speak to me… when I tried to pick him up to give him a hug, he ran and hid under the furniture so I couldn’t get to him. This happened several times so I gave up.

Pharoah immediately ran into the kitchen and stood expectantly in front of the refrigerator. He was well fed while I was away. I guess he sees me and thinks “FOOD!” Thanks Pharoah… nice to know I was missed… I think.

Update: Before going to bed I sent emails to various people to let them know I was safely home. Frankie jumped on the keyboard and sniffed my nose. I think that meant he forgave me!

So all is well in the household. Until next time.

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Feline Friday – #57 – curling cats

frankie and freddie

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I decided to have a contest to see who could make the best curl on the top of the cat condo. Frankie and Freddie were the two finalists.

I think it’s a tie.

Frankie (top photo) fits very snugly into the space with a perfect back-paws-staggered position. 10 points overall.

Freddie slops over the edges but still maintains a good balance with a flawless front-paw-crossed-over-back-paw position which is very hard to maintain. 10 points overall.

Good work boys!

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I came across this National Geographic article about small wild cats. Who knew there were so many?  Of the world’s 38 wildcat species, 31 are considered small cats. This is a very thorough article but if you don’t have time to read the whole thing, you will definitely enjoy looking at all the photos… just keep scrolling down. I kept going back and trying to pick my favorite but I love them all…. however, if I had to pick just one…. maybe the Fishing Cat. Oh, I don’t know!

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/02/photo-ark-little-cats/

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Feline Friday – #53 – before Netflix

Freddie & Frankie DVDs

Yes, there was a time – long long ago – when we actually bought DVDs instead of renting movies from Netflix and Amazon. Ah, we have fond memories of those simple times…

Freddie & Frankie DVDs

But we have quite a good collection and we still enjoy watching those films and concerts on DVD.

Freddie & Frankie DVDs

But sometimes it’s difficult to decide which one to watch… Freddie the Giant Cat prefers musicals like Singing in the Rain and Brigadoon. He’s a big Gene Kelly fan. Frankie prefers rock concerts like Elton John and Rod Stewart and as he is the Bully he generally gets his way.

Freddie & Frankie DVDs

Frankie decides Freddie isn’t looking hard enough for his favorite DVD so he decides to delve more deeply into the situation.

Freddie & Frankie DVDs

Yes, there it is… way in the back… Freddie was probably hiding it there. (Editor’s note: that is not true. Frankie is always quick to accuse Freddie of wrong-doing.)

Freddie & Frankie DVDs

DVD inserted into the player. Frankie is checking to make sure it is the movie he wants to watch. Freddie is disappointed that it isn’t “The Wizard of Oz” and decides to go off in search of catnip instead. That’s how he handles the stress of living with Frankie.

Pharoah

Pharoah’s attitude is, who needs movies? I was having a perfectly good dream about mice until all this commotion started up. Really, no cat should have to put up with these roommates. They’re lucky I’m so good-natured.

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Feline Friday – #52 – in their comfort zones

Pharoah, Freddie and Frankie

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Pharoah

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Freddie

If they weren’t so busy napping in their favorite places, Frankie, Pharoah and Freddie would all want to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah or whatever wonderful holiday you wish to celebrate this time of year!

And for a little holiday cheer, I found this 2015 ad for Sainsbury’s (a British supermarket) on YouTube, hope you enjoy it!

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