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Cleo i

Posted by
Marion (Nanaimo, BC, Canada) on 12 June 2008 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

A small series on my very spoiled, very vocal cat, Cleo. Here's Cleo's story:
Hi, my name is Cleo. My Mommy says that I am the prettiest and sweetest cat in the whole world. She also says that I talk (meow) way to much. I am fourteen years old and I came to live here nine years ago. Before that I lived with my Daddy many miles away in camp. He found me abandoned in the bushes one summer and kept me there with him for a few years but he finally took me to his home in Nanaimo one Christmas vacation and I have stayed ever since. Daddy is retired from that job now, so he stays home all the time.

I let her do anything with me - cut my nails and clean my ears. I love to be brushed and combed and she gives me tummy rubs and back massages. When Mommy watches TV, I curl up on her chest or her lap and we cuddle. I sleep between Mommy and Daddy. I wake them up in the morning with little trills and chortles, and if that doesn’t work then I pat them and lick them. I don’t think they like the licking.
I love to play hide and seek. I will hide in the clothes dryer or washing machine or a box (anything that is open) and sit and meow until Mommy comes to find me. She picks me up and says "silly kitty" and that's what I wanted. When Daddy comes home I tear around the house like I've lost my marbles and I really like to play with him, he's fun.

I don't like to drink my water out of a dish on the floor, yuck. I have finally trained Mommy to have a fresh mug of water on her bathroom counter just for me. She did that after she caught me drinking from her mug. I like her to touch my food before I eat it. I am really spoiled.

Canon EOS 30D 1/15 second F/2.8 ISO 100 90 mm

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A nice closeup with excellent detail.

12 Jun 2008 5:15am

mosleh from kurdestan_baneh, Iran

splendid outcome well done :)

12 Jun 2008 5:26am

rem_la from villiers, France

j'aime pas les chats.....sauf en photo ..........

12 Jun 2008 6:03am

ManuelaR from Hainburg, Germany

Wonderful story Marion and will try to keep up with the series... :)

12 Jun 2008 6:03am

@ManuelaR: Thanks Manuela. She kind of runs our house.

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

lovely image, very nice close up

12 Jun 2008 8:01am

@Alun Lambert: Thanks Alun.

Judy from Brooksville-Florida,, United States

Oh, Cleo ... you're going to have some changes in your life next week. I hope you don't hide in one of the moving boxes cuz' you might have a bumpy ride! ........ Your Mommy did a super job with this portrait of you. I hope she showed it to you.
Warm L@dybug hugs for you, Cleo!

12 Jun 2008 10:02am

@Judy: Thanks dear Judy. Cleo can relax though, until we sell this place we aren't going anywhere. I will send you an e-mail and bring you up to speed.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Oh, Marion! She's a beautiful cat with a wonderful personality... she must be such fun! Great photo! Don't you just love those pats in the morning that wake you up! My Samantha does the same thing! She's my alarm clock!

12 Jun 2008 10:17am

@Betty: Cleo is quite the little patter. She is constantly reaching out to grab my hand so I will pat her, and yes I love it. Thanks Betty.

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

what does he think? beautiful portrait.

12 Jun 2008 10:48am

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

What a wonderful life Cleo has, she is a very lucky kitty to have found such caring and loving people.
This is an adorable portrait Marion :)

12 Jun 2008 11:52am

@MaryB: Thanks Mary. We do love her and I'm not sure what we would do without her, but there are times when I would love to muzzle her, she is such a vocal kitty.

Siddhesh from Melbourne, Australia

Its a very nice photo... And Cleo's story is amazing too

12 Jun 2008 11:57am

@Siddhesh: Thanks Siddhesh. I'm glad my husband found her and brought her home. She is a real joy.

Siddhesh from Melbourne, Australia

The photo is very nice and the story is amazing too...

12 Jun 2008 11:58am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

What a wonderful kitty; her story is heartwarming and so true to life. Thank you for sharing her with us.

12 Jun 2008 12:02pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you so much. We love her to bits and I though that the animal lovers out there would like her story.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I think that Cleo, Samantha and Kimmi are related, truly and I adored Cleo's little text. ;)

12 Jun 2008 12:19pm

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine, they are all pretty precious that is for sure.

Veronelle from Lens, France

Elle a de jolis yeux Cleo

12 Jun 2008 1:00pm

@Veronelle: Merci.

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Excellent photo, Marion. A great story... sounds familiar.. like our little dog who won't eat unless the entire family is present.

12 Jun 2008 1:30pm

@Earnest: Thanks Earnest. Your little dog sounds very cute. They sure have us wrapped around their little paws don't they..

Stéphane from Near to BXL, Belgium

Hee, I must have a child of Cleo at home. He looks exaclty the same. His name is Spirou and he is about 8 years old.

12 Jun 2008 3:16pm

@Stéphane: Thanks Stephane, you must have a beautiful kitty then. Is Spirou as talkative as Cleo?? Then they could be related. :D

Chris from South Jersey, United States

Great close up photo and I love your story to go with the photo. Our animals certainly have personalities - don't they!! Your comment about the water made me laugh - we used to have a cat that would only drink out of a running sink!!

12 Jun 2008 3:40pm

@Chris: They do have wonderful personalities. Cleo certainly knows what she wants when she wants it. She pretty much runs our house ...if we aren't ready for bed when we should be we here about it loud and clear. She is a little sweetie.

zOOm from Paris, France

Great close-up of your cat Marion ! There is a lot of tenderness here. Both can be seen and read ! Wonderful story.

12 Jun 2008 5:29pm

@zOOm: Thanks Zoom, we do love her a lot.

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Wow, this is a great shot! Nice work :)

12 Jun 2008 6:44pm

@Ina: Thanks Ina, she is a very wiling subject.

Emilio Garcia from Pleasanton, United States

Great close-up of a beautiful cat. Great story too. As a cat lover and "guardian" of a similarly spoiled brat, I can identify with every bit of your story. Cats give you back 10 times more than you give to them!

12 Jun 2008 7:08pm

@Emilio Garcia: They certainly do. I am sure she keeps my blood pressure down and all the cuddles that I get are so warm and loving.

standley from brou-sur-chantereine, France

Wonderful story Marion. What a cute portrait!

12 Jun 2008 9:28pm

@standley: Thanks Richard, she is a beautiful little kitty.

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Marion!!! Excellent macro of Cleo!! Oh, she's so gorgeous!

13 Jun 2008 3:27am

Anthony Lambert from Germany

Cats !! Greatest animals in the world.I´ll have to get a shot of mine on here.

13 Jun 2008 6:01am

Jrask from Pasadena, United States

haha, i love the story to go with the image Marion! Nice close-up on that eye too, cleo is lucky to have such a caring owner!

13 Jun 2008 3:10pm

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Such a sweet, sweet story, Marion. She is a real treasure ... well, a spoiled treasure. She's very photogenic!

13 Jun 2008 5:26pm

Canon EOS 30D
1/15 second
ISO 100
90 mm