Monday, August 20, 2007
My latest portrait is of "jcee" the sphynx cat. "jcee" stands for "just cat" - as his owner says, he's just cat, no hair, no whiskers, no tail - just cat. A very unique looking guy to say the least, and the first sphynx I've ever met in person.
jcee is a miracle cat - he overcame a challenging start in life and has only survived as long as he has because of a caring, devoted owner. They're very special to each other and she refers to herself as his "caregiver". He was the runt of the litter and his siblings chewed on his tail which led to infection and eventual amputation. He has only a short, fleshy stub where his tail should be. The infection probably led to his chronic heart condition which requires expert care and regular medication. I can't recall his exact age, although I believe he's at least 7 years old - considering his condition, that's quite phenomenal and a testament to the amazing job of loving care and support his owner has provided for this wonder-cat.
You may recall seeing jcee in an earlier post - he was the subject of another painting of mine and of a number of sculptures created by my brother. Click here to read that post.
An interesting tidbit about jcee: his uncle is the cat who played the naked Mr. Bigglesworth in the Austin Powers movies.