7/1/11 – FIRST PLACE WINNER in the Cats with Disabilities challenge in the Cats with Disabilities group.
This is my baby, Naria, but we call him Ninny because he is always trying to run out our front door, even if it’s blizzarding outside. We have to keep him inside all the time because he has asthma. Springtime, with all the pollens in the air, is the worst for him and, since he takes prednisone, his immune system is down. Outdoors is a very dangerous place for him.
Last week, I grabbed my camera to run out and take pictures of a spectacular sunset. Naria slipped by me. He does the same thing every time he gets outside. He rubs circles around the posts in the carport. If I approach him, he’ll run under the truck. I decided to sit down and take pictures of him. This is the only one that didn’t have motion blur. By the time I was done he was ready to be picked up and carried back inside.
Naria is our miracle cat. He was one of a litter of four from a pregnant cat that was dumped on us. His siblings and our other cats would attack him at every opportunity. It got to the point where he would sit on a high windowsill and cry, refusing to come down, even to eat. We finally took him into our bedroom to keep him safe.
He’s survived 8 years with serious asthma, which may be the reason that the other cats attacked him. When our home burned down a few years ago, he survived the fire and two days outdoors in 20 degree below zero (F.) weather. It was when we took him to the vet to have him checked out afterward that we found out about the asthma. We had always thought that he had a bad case of hairballs and kept giving him vaseline. In a way, the fire probably saved his life because the vet prescribed the prednisone for him.
Photo taken in June, 2011 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.