We celebrate Meow Like A Pirate Day alongside our fellow cat loving blog colleagues with some cute pirate graphics and honorary pirate ginger cat Sam’s first foster portrait.
This is a big adventure for Sam so let me explain what happened.
Sam’s rescuer asked if the spare space we offered some weeks ago might be available for a ginger cat in need. Of course, the Dash Kitten crew said yes and were happy to go adventuring ‘across the Spanish Main’ to rescue a friend in need. OK, so he arrived in a car but the spirit of rescue was in the air and we got Sam settled in quietly to the spare room.
Thanks to National Meow Like a Pirate Day, every September 19, felines now have an amazing argh-portunity to set sail and exercise their sea paws. While meowing like a pirate may not make the most sense at first, there is some historical precedent for the relationship.Read more at National Today
A Portrait of Your Foster Cat
Sam came from a house where a busy mum had no time for him and his brother who were fighting fiercely as young toms do. Thankfully a rescuer stepped in. The boys were transported to the vet for a thorough checkup and neuter surgery and then to the safety of two foster homes. They are not bonded so there were no concerns about separating the boys.
Sam is a calm, composed and handsome boy, although in the photos you cannot see how absolutely skinny he is because of the gorgeous ginger fluff. He has some healing bite marks from the fights with his brother but these are disappearing with the help of antiseptic cream from the vet. It is our mission to feed him up before he is put up for adoption when he is plump, glossy, and healthy. Can we do it? Yes, we can!
How Do Portraits Help Rescue Cats?
In the meantime, I am using the opportunity to document his recovery from ginger popsicle to handsome Orange Super Fluff.
This is not something I have attempted before; reflecting the recovery of a cat who has not had the best start in life. But, it is something I can try with my camera and Sam’s co-operation! He is already proving to be a good model and spends a lot of time
posing looking out of the window from his window hammock.
I will be doing something a bit different, something Dash Kitten would approve of, I aim to reflect the recovery a cat in need and show how resilient and filled with hope that cat can be.
Once he has filled out and the shaggy hair has grown over his shaved patches, Sam will be placed on the adoption register and will, I believe, be snapped up very quickly. If I can help with some gorgeous portraits of the boy then I will be happy.
Which Lens Do I Use Foster Cat Portraits?
You will see from the photo details that I chose the ‘nifty fifty’ – 50mm lens. My reason? Sam was initially going to be reasonably close to the camera so I went for the easy to use lens that gives the lovely fuzzy bokeh behind him. This soft-focus background makes cat photo portraits look so good.
I may experiment with my 18-55mm kit lens which has zoom options so I can be a little bit further away, especially when he leaves the security of the window hammock and starts to explore the room a bit more.
Have you recorded the recovery of a foster in your care? Did you take photos you can share, like these of Sam the foster?