For many years, May 1 was nominally the birthday of my household of cats. Until the Fantastic Four came along, I had an idea what month some of my cats may have been born, but really most were adults and it really didn’t matter.
So it was with Peaches, who joined us in 2005 at age 15, therefore her twentieth birthday, or roughly her 100th year,* was on May 1, 2010. We’ll take any reason to celebrate, but Peaches deserved a celebration, the little senior kitty who turned her self around and had a whole new life in her last five years. I was writing a good bit about caring for senior cats that year, and Peaches had developed renal failure, so she was the demonstration cat for geriatric kitty care. She never minded, as long as she got her special food and time on my lap, plus time with her tri-color fur sisters and with her adopted senior cat warmers, the Fantastic Four and also their mama Mimi. Peaches fit right in, she loved everyone, and everyone loved her.
So here, on her 100th birthday morning, she had a celebratory breakfast then had me all to herself at my desk, resting on the keyboard shelf like the little princess she was. Actually, that was after she and Cookie had tried to determine the best way to remove the black whale of a Giuseppe from my lap.
Eventually they did and one by one she and Cookie, and Kelly too, settled on my lap for the day. Later, after a birthday dinner, Peaches had my lap all to herself. Such a sweet kitty. I will never forget the times with all of them together.
*Really, by the official chart she was more like 96 and would have had to wait until her 21st birthday to be considered “100”, but when she was diagnosed with renal failure in March and quickly began to show the effects I decided to cheat a little. Read about feline life stages and human equivalents.
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