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Seven Years Old!

five black cats on table
Happy Birthday to the Four, and purrs for their mama, Mimi!

HAPPY SEVENTH BIRTHDAY to Giuseppe, Mr. Sunshine, Mewsette and Jelly Bean!

They are enjoying a scattering of treats on the table—before breakfast! I have plenty of group photos of them on other days, but I always like to get a group photo on THE day, something different each year, and though all my attempts were a little blurry I thought I’d play around with this one and I think it’s pretty festive. I had wanted something colorful and actually looked for multi-colored treats and considered dying some with food coloring for this, but a little Photoshop magic did the trick. Counterclockwise from the left it’s Mr. Sunshine, Giuseppe, Mimi, Mewsette and Jelly Bean.

Just after midnight, the lovely and thoughtful Mlle. Daisy Emerald Marguerite sent a magic message to Giuseppe in celebration of his birthday:

Happy Birthday Giuseppe. 
(And Theo sends birthday greetings to Mr. Sunshine.
I am to be sure to ask you to share those greetings with your brother.)
Mlle Daisy Emerald.

*sigh* Could the day be any more complete?

Most of the cats who shared my life had a birthday that I assigned as I had no idea when they were born or even how old many of them were. The Four weren’t born here, though I do know they were born in the early afternoon on July 26, 2007. Mimi usually had her kittens indoors in my neighbor’s house as she did with this litter; later she would usually move them outside, but these four never had a chance at that. I had my house ready but it wasn’t until July 29, the day they came here, that I learned the kittens had been born already.

I had taken the time to thoroughly clean and scrub after we lost Lucy on July 10, though FIP is not itself contagious and the coronavirus that would have infected Lucy was most likely long gone, if there was a genetic link to FIP and any possibility there was a molecule of it floating around here I was taking no chances.

Because it’s common for symptoms to develop in the first year, though the disease itself is difficult to diagnose, I thought it was an achievement to have them be spayed and neutered and reach their first birthday with no signs at all of FIP, no odd symptoms or unexplained conditions, no upper respiratory infections, minor injuries, questions, nothing at all except that they were a little small, not underweight, just small, for their first few months. My veterinarian noted that their mom was also small. They were just a quartet of healthy and active and social and affectionate kittens, and the first collective name I gave them was the Curious Quartet. They certainly made up for their size later.

It was in sadness and grief and worry that I met this wonderful family, but their mere presence dispelled that in time. They are one of the most wonderful things that have ever come into my life.

On Tuesday, July 29 I’ll celebrate their Homecoming Day, and especially celebrate Mimi because that was a very important day for her, and for me. But for now we’re just planning a kind of a quiet, easy day.

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Other Birthdays

Birthdays six, five, four and three are linked to the posts here on The Creative Cat after I’d begun blogging. Their second and first birthdays are photos you may recognize.

Happy Sixth Birthday to The Fantastic Four!
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The Fantastic Four waiting for breakfast.

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five black cats eating
Breakfast on the big day! Sunshine, Bean, Mewsette, Giuseppe and Mimi.

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The Big Four at Four
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The Big Four at Four

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Woo-whee, We’re Three!
four black cats on bed
Third birthday celebration nap!

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Second Birthday

On the day of their second birthday, July 26, 2009, I was just beginning to blog, but we were still grieving Namir and I forgot all about it, but here’s a photo from right around that date that you may recognize from a number of posts—and probably something they did on their birthday for real!

four black cats looking out window
Let us at him!

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One Year Old!

This was the best I could do that day—we didn’t have our methods for photographing five black cats figured out yet!

five black cats
The Four at one year old with mama Mimi!

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21 thoughts on “Seven Years Old!

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  • I’m so sorry I missed this post. Shame on me…
    Wishing you all the best, my dear friends! Mr. Bowie says “Meow!”

    • We missed yours too, Herman! But there’s always a time to catch up on happy greetings! Meow!

  • ♫♫♫♪♪♪♫♪♫

    happee bee lated birth day guys !! heerz two a yeer a head filled with nothin but happee nezz & health; trout & flounder; fun & friez !!
    hope yur day wuz rockin awesum N hope ya getted sum mice creem & cake….best fishes & happee day wishes ♥♥♥

    • And happy belated response, Tabbies! We were partying so hard we forgot our manners! The white fish was meowy-wowy!

  • Maru Clavier

    Happy belated birthday for the fantastic four. Congrats to all of you for the anniversary of them joining your household.

    • Thank you, Maru! Every day is a celebration for me, tidings are never too late.

    • Thanks, Athena–that’s pretty much what they looked like after their treats!

  • Happy birthday to the fabulous four!! I’ve never asked this before, but how do you tell them apart, especially from the back?

    • Thank you, Austin! they all went back to sleep so I’ll answer. I rely on my skills as an artist–noting size and bearing, shapes of ears, the way they hold their tails and the way they walk and sit and even lie down. Of course, if they are sleeping in a heap, I have to reach in there and pull on some ears and paws to see what belongs to whom!

  • Happy Birthday to all of you from Allegra, Ruby and me!

    • Thank you, girls–it’s been a very nice day for them!

  • bluemoonalone

    Happy Birthday Giuseppe – Mr Sunshine – Mewsette & Jelly Bean…Thank you Mimi & Mama B for being such great Moms to them..and Giuseppe..Ooh La la Buddy..your lady still dreams of you..sigh..May all of you have a most wonderful day filled with love for each other! Hugs!

    • Bluemoonalone, they are all enjoying their naps and cuddles. I was about to post a photo in my comment and realized my ability to do that isn’t here right now, but they are being really sweet.

    • Thanks, Caren–quite the challenge, but a whole lot of fun!


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