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That perfect second of stillness by RavenMontoya That perfect second of stillness by RavenMontoya
I'm sure others with the habit of following cats around with a camera know exactly how it feels when the cat just won't be still long enough for you to even touch the trigger.

Felix is just that kind of cat. He runs around full throttle all the time until... Suddenly! A short second of perfect stillness!
If I'm lucky, that's when I push the trigger and; CLICK! That perfect picture is captured and I'm over the moon with joy. :D

I had to get to know Felix's body language before I could catch him properly on camera. I have very few good pictures of him outside as a kitten just because he never sat perfectly still except for few, precious seconds that I almost always missed. :XD:

Here, in this shot, he's just made a small pause in a frantic back rubbing session while basking in the sun. He was rolling around like crazy and then; Stillness. CLICK! Picture. Love. :heart:
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meiyulian Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Beautiful!
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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FoxxyLover Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
How funny! My cat O'Malley is just like that when he lays down.
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
O'Malley is such a great name for a cat! ;)
Felix was rolling around before I took this picture so he ended up in this pose when he was done with his back scratching. :XD:
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FoxxyLover Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Haha! How sweet!
O'Malley and my other cat Butch were rescued when they were kittens. Butch is 15 while O'Malley is 3.
Butch, who has an uncanny resemblance to Tom from "Tom and Jerry", was rescued in 1999 when he and his kitty siblings were put in a box and dumped off in the middle of a Seattle intersection by some callous lout. A co-worker of my dad's saw the box moving, pulled over, and looked inside. He took the box of kitties with him to work, with each kitty, one by one, going off to a good home. Butch was the last one left, so my dad took him home.
O'Malley was rescued almost 3 years ago when my dad and my twin sister were walking our golden retrievers Riley and Sophie. It was the middle of winter, and they heard a small meow by a tree in a neighbor's yard that has an old car seat dug into the ground. The poor little kitty was flea-infested, shivering, and emaciated, and he was trying to stay warm under the car seat. My dad and sister coaxed him over, gave him pets, and he was rubbing against Sophie and Riley. As they walked away, the kitty followed them, and my sister called my mom, saying there was a baby kitty following them, with my mom replying, "Run." But my dad picked him up and said, "You're coming home with us." We gave him food, gave him a warm bath (he purred through the whole bath), and let him snuggle with Sophie. Eventually, after two weeks, we decided to officially keep him. We couldn't agree on a name until my younger sister read us Disney names for the heck of it. She said, "O'Malley", and all 5 of us said in unison, "O'Malley!" We knew it fit. What's funny is that my dad, who does not like cats (he was reluctant to bring Butch home), just adores O'Malley, and O'Malley adores him. It's so cute.
We lost Sophie recently (she was only 5 years old!), and it was unexpected and hard on all of us. O'Malley kept laying on her bed and looking around, wondering where his mommy is, but he knows now that she's not coming home. We have some adorable pictures of them playing with each other and snuggling up to each other in the evenings; they absolutely adored each other. How often do you see cats and dogs get along?
You have adorable kitties. They are so cute.
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
I call that a 'pavement bath'. It's an essential and much enjoyed piece of grooming behaviour-come-feline isometric exercises. I also recognise that, "Don't even think about it or I'll leap up and rush off!" look. Some cats like to have the grit groomed off the upper surface by their human... and some will rip your wrist to bits if you so much as try. You can't always be sure with cats.
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Pavement bath. Good one. :giggle:
I trust all my cats though. They wouldn't rip my wrists unless it was an accident because they got scared of something. I've raised them to tolerate being handled by humans and they seem to understand that I want what's best for them, especially when they're injured and need care. :)
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Those feline defensive reflexes can be hard to suppress during a good pavement bath.
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Not for my cats, but I wouldn't try to pet other cats when they do something like that. :giggle:
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Snake handling is easier!
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I get my fair share of snake handling when Gizmo brings the bloody things home to play with.
Same rule goes for snakes and cats: Grab them by the neck and they can't do much more than hiss and spit.
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MicroMezzo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AWW I WANNA HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUG IT SOOOOOOOOOOOO CRAZZZY CUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTTTEEEEEEEEEEE CHHUUUUUU
Llama Emoji-60 (Snug or Hug) [V3] :bighug: REVAMP Want A Hug From Me ? Komari hugs Rin [V5] Coco gets glomped by Momo Hug Huggle! Man Hug Tight Hug  ITS SO CUTE I FAINTEDfaint Faint-plz I think I've fainted. :exhausted: 
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle: I'm glad you think so. I'll hug him from you! :D
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MicroMezzo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aww ok
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Pachirisu-144 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hey can i use him as a character in my warrior fanfictions?

:police: :police: I WILL GIVE YOU CREDIT!!!!! :police: :police:
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't really know what a warrior fanfic means, but it seems fun. You can use him. Just give him and me credit and give me a link so I can read the story when you're done. :meow:
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Pachirisu-144 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THX ^-^
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33XxJaninexX33 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That perfect little creature reminds me so scaringly much of my beloved old cat, Cosmo. He ran off around 5 years ago and I haven't seen him ever since, I miss him so much :(.
Have a fav+, he's so lovely to look at :3
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww, poor you and poor Cosmo! :(
Felix sometimes run away and stay away for 2-3 days in a row. I'm always afraid he won't come back and worried sick when he disappears like that.
The first cat I got when I was a child was called Morris and he was a Russian Blue. He disappeared. According to one of my neighbours it is likely that someone stole him, which is just awful. How can anyone steal someone's pet? I don't get it. It's horrible enough when they run off on their own...
It was many years ago now, but since then I've never wanted to get another pure-bred cat out of fear it would get stolen just like Morris :hmm:
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33XxJaninexX33 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:/. Cosmo used to do that as well, but suddenly, he just didn't come back anymore..
Awww :(. I'm sorry to hear that. That is just awful indeed!
Yeah, you always get so worried about them when they're running around outside all day! I understand you, it must be a terrible thought.
*Hugs*
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I wouldn't dream about keeping them inside though. They love to be outside and play and they seem so very unhappy when I have to keep them indoors for whatever reason. :)

So was Cosmo your only cat or have you gotten a new one since then? :hug:
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33XxJaninexX33 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, they seem to be more happy living outside, it's in their nature :).
I had a nice little female cat named Jody before Cosmo, but she died in the day after she got run over by a car :(. She only lived for 1,5 years...
But I haven't had a cat since Cosmo left us, only my horse, who sadly passed away too, two years ago.
But I hope I'll be able to get a pet again whenever I move out from my parents' home. They sadly won't allow me and my brother to have any more pets, because it's too expenssive and time demanding :(. But rather wait till we get the time and money then. It's the best thing for the animals :3
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seirenwinter Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One of my favorite cat photo's ever. :love: It has such a strange, wonderful combination of perfect, effortless relaxation and playful curiousity.
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay, I'm so glad you like it! It's one of my favourites too. :love:
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seirenwinter Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love it. It often shows up among the "you might also like" deviations, and it always captures my eye. I thought I had commented on it long ago, but apparantly not. ^^;
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahh... No worries. You've seen it before after all. :giggle:
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SpaniardWithKnives Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful shot of a beautiful animal!

I know how you feel, I have two kitties. I love them, but hell, taking a decent pic is an odyssey!
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
I decided about three years ago that I wanted to get better at taking pictures of my cats. So I started following them around the garden with the camera as soon as I got the chance. After a lot of running, crawling and climbing it started to give results. I've heard some cats like to pose, but my kittys really don't. :giggle:
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SpaniardWithKnives Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!

My kitties pose all the time. The female, Inga looks at you with her bright lovable eyes. I just can not help it
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww, that's adorable. :meow: Mine mainly look at the camera like "Why are you pointing that stupid thing at me again? Oh, hey, never mind! I'm off!" *wroooooom* :XD:
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Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
aw excellent shot, he has beautiful eyes which you have captured beautifully!
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! (Again!) :dance:
I'm might uploading some sort of closeup of this picture because the eyes are so sharp in full view, but I've been told I shouldn't upload entire pictures in full view because people steal them. :hmm:
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StaciNadia Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
He's very cute! I love how he's laying!
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :dance:
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angela6331 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Lovely shot - well worth waiting for :hug:
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :hug:
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loquaciousfool Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's gorgeous! Nice shot too :)
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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CatoftheDay Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ooh, good capture!
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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CatoftheDay Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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LuLupoo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Very beautiful :heart:
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :aww:
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LuLupoo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
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Dannfawne Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Photographer
So cute!!
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RavenMontoya Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :dance:
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