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    Farah Ahmed introduces us to her furry pals

    THE first time interior designer Farah Ahmed fell in love with a cat was as a little girl, when she came across a couple of strays in her garden. She took them in, and named them Blackie and Brownie. a�?Not very imaginative, I know ,a�? she laughs, adding, a�?I took to them naturally, as my mum, Asma Ahmed, too is a total cat lover.a�? Her current family of cats is best described as adorably pampered furballs with impeccable pedigree.

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    Ahmed now has four beautifully groomed felines. A ragdoll a�� Leo, two flat-faced Persian siblings a�� Coco and Fifi, and a point-faced Persian a�� Oliver, who stalks about haughtily and prefers a�?to be left alonea��. Farah tells us that Leo, the ragdoll is perhaps the most exotic, and she made a special trip to the US to bring him home. a�?Quarantine laws in India then were not so strict, so it wasna��t hard to bring back a pet,a�? she informs. A mix of Persian, Burmese and Siamese bloodlines, the ragdoll is aptly named since it goes limp when carried and can weigh up to 10 kgs. a�?They have the sweetest temperament and make for wonderful companions. They are handsome, big boned and yet so gentle,a�? she tells us. The sister-brother duo, Coco and Fifi, often climb trees where they get stuck or disappear into drawers or closets. a�?After a frantic search, we discover them drowsy, like wea��ve just woken them from a good nap,a�? says Asma.

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    a�?Cats reserve their affections for select people and know how to makeA�you feel truly special, unlike dogs who wag their tails at everyone they see. Cats are also a lot cleaner and easier to maintain,a�? Farah says.

    a��Rashmi Rajagopal

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