The ironic thing is that men also love the felines in their lives. They just display their affection differently. Robert Sijka might be the ultimate cat man. The man fell in love with photography about 10 years, making the furry creatures he adores into his ultimate muses. “My passions are cats and photography, I do my best to combine these two things as good as possible,” he admits.
He has a soft spot for Maine Coons, one of the largest breed of felines. His affinity for this large kitten is an easy one. “Oh there are so many things in Maine Coons, we can talk about their advantages for hours,” says Sijka. “But generally what impresses me the most is their size, intelligence, and loyalty.
The Polish man says he loves big wild cats and the Maine Coon make him feel like he is living with the larger cousins.
Sijka told Cat Behavourist, he initially assumed all cats didn’t particularly care for humans.
“Now I know that’s not true,” he realizes.
He says the Maine Coons follow him everywhere he goes. “They are more loyal than our dog,” Sijka admits.
Sijka moved with his family from Poland to China. They have introduced Maine Coons in this country as they breed these large kittens.
He says it was his love for this breed that led him to delve into photography. He uses simple and dark backgrounds because he wants the focus to be on the cat only.
He bought the required equipment and learned the basics of photography to embark in his new passion.
Sijka didn’t want his photos to look like all the other, standard images around.
“The real secret behind my photography is called patience,” he admits.
“Sometimes I have to spend a couple of hours and take hundreds of images to get this one perfect picture which I previously imagined,” Sijka says.
To get the felines’ attention, the shutterbug plays with them.
Toy chasing and hunting seems to be the favourite playtime activity.
Sijka says the goal is to “capture the face expression.”
“I love their eyes and emotions which flow from them,” he reveals. ” I’m always waiting for that one special moment when a cat gives this one perfect look.”
He says his favourites are Dolce Vita and De La Loo, two black sisters.
Sijka says they are the perfect models.
Maine Coons can weigh up to 25 pounds, people have often mistaken them for bobcats.
It’s not uncommon for residents calling the police scared that a “bobcat” is in their yard.
He calls this beauty “fifty shades of brown.”
Maine Coons are not always brown. Their coats are cream, tortoise shell, smoke, black, grey, and mackerel.
Some of these cats look as majestic as their cousin the lion.
Their thick coats, long hair and tail, and tufted paws, are made to withstand harsh winters.
A genetic mutation has 40 percent of Maine Coons with a sixth toe.
Unlike other cats, Maine Coons have a moisture-repellant coats which makes them love water.