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1952 1973 1992 2000 2010
Rafiq and Rana -
Grand International Premier Kittycoonz Rafiq Sableshadow, Rafiq for short [an Arabic name meaning 'companion' or 'friend'] was a black classic tabby born on 11 November 2001
He arrived on 29 January 2002 together with his twin sister Rana as 3 month old cheeky
faced pet and show cats and when they arrived neither Taro nor Kanati were very friendly
while Saree disappeared completely. After a while however Taro ‘adopted’ them and
started to wash and generally look after both of them -
Rafiq rapidly grew into a very large and ‘handsome’ cat, similar in size to his big
brother Taro, at over metre long from nose to the tip of his tail and weighing almost
2 stone [11kg]. He would greet you, if he had the chance, with a very hard but friendly
head butt and lived up to his name as companion with middle of the night visits
to you in bed -
Although Rafiq had all the physical characteristics for a superb show cat his disposition
was shy and retiring. His greatest love in life was relaxing at home. Unlike Taro
who was an extrovert showman and met everyone at the door, the slightest hint of
a visitor and Rafiq disappeared into the bedroom -
In later life as he matured he became more and more a ‘lap’ cat climbing onto a lap for a cuddle and fuss accompanied with a loud purr. Despite his shyness in public he still achieved considerable success at shows. Starting slowly as a kitten with two seconds in 2002 he quickly grew into a very large well muscled cat and gained his ‘Premier’ title in 2003 followed by ‘International Premier’ in 2004 and ‘Grand International Premier’ the following year. At that point, having been to 20 shows and winning 15 Certificates and three Best in Variety awards, we stopped showing him and he settled down to a happy retirement at home.
Late at night on the 25 October he suffered a seizure and was unable to walk properly.
A quick dash to the emergency vet but he suffered further fits and was detained overnight
for blood test and observations. Next day he had a scan and was sedated to keep him
comfortable but despite a reassuringly good blood test they located a large growth
in his stomach and a problem with his kidneys. In addition, as a result of the fits,
he was -
Not just a pet but a truly wonderful companion. Gone but not forgotten and greatly missed by me and his friend Kanati. R.I.P. Rafiq Sableshadow.
Grand International Premier Kittycoonz Princess Rana, just Rana normally [an Indian
name meaning 'eye catching' or 'beautiful object'] was a blue tortie classic tabby
with white and twin sister to Rafiq. Like her brothers she grew rapidly into a very
large and extremely pretty cat -
Unlike her brothers however who loved company she was a very independent cat and something of a loner except when she wanted to eat and then she would sit and meow very loudly until I went with her to the kitchen where she waited to be stroked before eating. Nevertheless she enjoyed attention and purred very long and loud when stroked.
Kanati became her ‘special’ friend and she absolutely adored him -
It was her love of food that eventually led to her becoming somewhat overweight and curtailed a highly successful show career which saw her achieving a Premier, International Premier and Grand International Premier titles as well as going over half way to becoming a European Premier before as, should we say, Ladies of a certain age -
So at the age of four with six of the ten certificates required for her ‘European’ title secured she retired from showing. During her four year career however she outdid both Taro and Rafiq winning 8 cups. Her full show record was 25 Shows [2 as a Kitten] 24 Wins [22 Certificates], Thirteen Nominations, one Best In Variety, six Best Opposite Sex Neuter Awards [and cups] and two Best Opposite Sex in Category Awards [and cups]
In the early hours of Monday 31 December 2012 she was lifeless on the floor in the bedroom having apparently suffered a heart attack. Prior to that she had been her normal self and earlier in the evening had as usual ‘asked’ me to go to the kitchen with her for some food.
A lovely friendly cat much missed by me and her ‘special’ companion Kanati.
R.I.P. Princess Rana
Taro with Rana and Taro washing Rafiq