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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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Feline Friday – #64 – using up the roll

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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!

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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 – #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.

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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.

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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 – #58 – the welcome home!

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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 – #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…

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

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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.

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

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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.)

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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.

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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

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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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Feline Friday – #49 – a surprise in the Christmas Cactus

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When I walked out on my front balcony at first I thought my Christmas Cactus was blooming early this year. But no, it was Pharoah trying to disguise himself as a plant. It was a pretty good job, don’t you think?

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Feline Friday – #42 – different strokes

 
freddie and pharoah This is the guest bed in my loft/office covered with a lovely quilt. No matter how often I straighten out the quilt, this is how it always ends up so I have pretty much given up on tidying it.

Pharoah (at right) is perfectly happy sleeping on top of the quilt. But Freddie (at left crammed up against the wall) will not sleep on the quilt. He likes the feel of the blanket underneath.

So when the bed is made nicely and looks neat and tidy, he comes along, digs under the quilt and pulls it back so he can lie on the blanket. Well, that’s my excuse and I’m not changing my story!

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Feline Friday – #39 – running to the running water

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Freddie and Frankie both have an affinity for flowing water. Whenever they hear water running, they come running to check it out.

Drinking out of the bathroom faucets in the washbasin or bathtub became a morning habit with the two fighting over the optimal position to receive the nectar of the gods from the tap.freddie and frankie water

Every morning I thought I really had to figure out a replacement for this activity. I never drink unfiltered city water myself so why should I inflict this on innocent creatures who depend on me to make these decisions. And Los Angeles water isn’t exactly mountain pure. Feline Friday is not the format to get into that discussion so I will move on.

All the pet drinking fountains I had seen in the stores were made out of plastic. When my late cat Friday was drinking and eating out of plastic dishes, he developed a condition known as feline acne (quite common) around his mouth and lips. I switched to stainless steel and the problem disappeared.

Amazon to the rescue! I searched for stainless steel pet drinking fountains and there were quite a few choices. There are still plastic elements in the fountains but nothing is perfect. The one I decided on seemed to have the least amount of plastic and the most amount of steel coming into contact with the cats. I also needed one that was substantial enough that these two rambunctious guys wouldn’t knock it over… and big enough that they could both use it at the same time as you can see in the photo at the top of the page. And the gallon size doesn’t require refilling all the time.

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There are two ways to enjoy the water. One is drinking out of the bottom bowl where the water is calm like a zen pool.

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The other is to drink out of the top bowl where the water is being recirculated so it is always moving… just like the cat drinking it!

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Another option is to drink the water as it slides down the side of the top bowl in a waterfall. Freddie seems most attracted to this.

The most amazing part about this story is that I ordered the fountain from Amazon in the afternoon, clicked on one-day Prime member delivery and voila…. it was delivered by 9:00pm that evening!

I set it up immediately (you have to read the instructions for the motor and other info on putting it together… but it couldn’t be easier) and decided to put it just outside the bathroom. Freddie and Frankie came running up the stairs right away and wasted no time in getting their snouts wet.

Pharoah has never attempted to drink out of a faucet so I didn’t think he would be interested. I was wrong. I should have had my camera handy to take pictures, but I didn’t. So I missed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snap a photo of all three guzzling the water at the same time. Just take my word for it, it was overly cute!

We’ve had the fountain for three days now and it is certainly a success with the cats stopping by individually to quench their thirst. Of course, with cats you never know if or when they will lose interest. But unlike an optional toy, cats drink a lot of water, so I think this was money well spent.

Although the motor is silent, I turn it off at night to save electricity.

There is some maintenance cleaning the cat hair out of the filter and motor on a timely basis but the fountain comes apart easily and compared to cleaning out litter boxes this should be a cinch!

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Feline Friday – #38 – we’ve missed you

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I am Pharoah, as I am sure you know by now. I continue to keep my title of King of Pillows. I can’t think of a better place to take a nap than the love seat by the window with the sunshine filtering through the trees.

I speak for all three of us felines when I say we can apologize all day but really, it’s not up to us. We are not allowed to use our human’s computer or her camera. Yes, we pay rent by being her companions, greeting her at the door when she comes home, keeping her warm in bed, watching TV with her (all those murder mysteries sicken us… what is wrong with humans?), and allowing her to feed us and stroke us.

But the bottom line is we can’t force her to upload posts to her blog.

Her excuse is she is working on “more important projects.” What can be more important, I ask you, than Feline Friday?

Well, we all hope from now on she will pay more attention to her blog. Yes, we understand that she has “a real life.” But is it REALLY any better than her blogging life? Hmmm, we seriously doubt it.

Anyway, we are happy to be here today.

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Hi, Frankie here. I can’t believe she is posting this photo. No, I am NOT spoiled. This is me thinking very hard about what I can do to improve my human’s life. She believes all I do is take naps, eat and play. Not true. Without me she would have an incredibly boring life.

I don’t know what she did before I came along. Of course, I appreciate her too. Not many people would have taken a chance on a street cat. But I paid my dues out there and now I deserve a little comfort. But most of the time I’m working really hard to help her, believe me.

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Freddie: Don’t disturb me. I’m dreaming of that cafe in Paris where they served me caviar on a silver plate. Now all I get is cat food.

Okay, I admit it… I was never in Paris except in my dreams. And after my previous owner passed away and the family didn’t want me, I wanted out of that cat shelter so badly. But people just passed me by… until she came along. I was ready to go home with anybody who would have me… but I lucked out and now I “amour” my human so much… I even put up with that bully Frankie just for her.

So from all of us, have a lovely feline weekend!

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