Birthday Sunday Selfie, Earl Grey turns 16!
Last updated January 11th, 2018
He goes by many names, each suited to his build and demeanor. In the early days, he was Ninhsy, Fat Boy Slim, then just Slim. His confidence earned him the nicknames ‘Lion King’ and ‘Puma Boy’ for his gorgeous silver ‘eyeliner’. These days he is Earl Grey. The latter, not just because of coat coloring, but because if he could, he would be sipping tea, reading the Catnip Times through thick-rimmed spectacles. And he would even call it that.
But today is his 16th Birthday and the cat with many names wears his crown with pride.
For the past year, there have been many ups and downs. His illness has changed our daily routine completely, but the extra time it takes ensuring he eats enough and administering his fluids, has strengthened our cat-human bond.
After his breakfast today, I looked all over for him and couldn’t find him. A little worried, I double checked every nook, upstairs and downstairs. I needed to give him his blood pressure pill.
But where the heck did he disappear to?
Ten minutes later he strolls across the kitchen floor and heads towards the kitty salad bar, looking for the perfect sun puddle.
Breathing a sigh of relief, I stroke his fur and it’s cold. Cold from outside. The catio is not even ready for him yet but he went exploring nonetheless, for the very first time since he became blind last November. There is one thing that this boy has not lost, and that is the stubborn determination of his youth. It’s the Burmese in him. You see, the platform that leads to the catio is not easy for him to climb anymore. So he must have really wanted to follow his younger housemates to see what all the fuss was about. It was just the neighbor’s cat, Cachou, passing by. Still, it’s a daily highlight he didn’t want to miss.
Ninhsy Early Grey came into my life 16 years ago when I had just lost my 6-month-old kitten to a congenital liver shunt. The night of his first day with us, I was still hurting from the loss of my kitten, Sinead, and I said: “Don’t worry kitty, I will grow to love you just as much as I loved her”. It didn’t take me long to know that this cat, this Blue Asian Ticked Tabby, the cat with many names, has forever carved a special place in my heart.
Happy 16th Birthday, you sweet, gentle Lion King.
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Happy Birthday Earl Grey. Sixteen is a nice calm age to be……and living in a big family who adores you is the BEST birthday present ever! I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful birthday celebration. I was almost 17 when I went to the Rainbow Bridge – I think you are a long way from that day my friend and I wish you much more time enjoying your wonderful life!
Hugs, Angel Sammy
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Thank you so much Angel Sammy 😽 So nice to hear from you from the Bridge. Yes, my housemates know to be gentle with me and even stop to groom my head when they walk pass me. 😸
Happy birthday, you very handsome boy. Your story of your joy and your struggles brings tears to my eyes. I know what a blessing you are in your loving home. Our little Midge turns 16 this June. She is our oldest.
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Thank you for your kind words, he’s a true love bug ❤ Isn’t it nice to have our seniors with us.
I salute the King, on this his 16th year, and wish him many more. He does take a lovely selfie too!
Awwe thank you for that sweet compliment. Earl Grey always seemed to like having his picture taken 😽
Sweet 16. You enjoy your birthday. Great selfies!
Happy 16th Birthday beautiful boy!
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Thank you for the wishes, still can’t believe he’s 16!
Happy birthday, Earl Grey!
Thank you for your wishes 😽
Happy birthday Earl Grey! It was my 17th birthday yesterday.
Thanks for the wishes! Happy belated birthday to you too ‘ol fella! xx😽
Happy belated Birthday Flynn! 17 is some good mileage, wishing you plenty of good health ❤
Happy Birthday, Earl!
Athena and Marie
Thank you Athena!😽
What a special soul your beloved Earl Grey has. He came into your life at exactly the right time and I love reading how he continues to live beating to the march of his own drums. Happy BD and how fun that my Zoey shares the same BD day with Earl Grey! Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang.
Thank you for the kind words 😊 It’s just amazing how he seems to know what’s going on around him. Just the way he tilts his head, it’s like he’s learning the art of ‘reading’ sound to gather information about the next step to take.
Happy Birthday Earl Grey ! We wish you a wonderful day filled with treats and cuddles ! Purrs
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Thank you! I had lots of my favourite wet treats!
That’s a beautiful tribute to a truly wonderful kitty. I hope you two get to spend many more birthdays together. It sounds like you’re doing an excellent job of helping him through his illnesses, and I agree that caregiving does bring you closer. It’s such rewarding work. Here’s to more time to explore your bond.
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Thank you so much for that warm message. More time to make memories happen, indeed so precious 😊
Happy Birthday, Earl Grey! We hope you get extra treats to celebrate.
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Happy happy 16th birthday sweetie. Keep on purring.
Happy birthday, Earl Grey!!! Wishing you the most purrfect day ever and many, many more! You are so right about the extra nursing time creating a stronger bond. You’re making memories you’ll cherish forever.
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Happy Happy Sweet 16!!! You wear 16 well! Seriously, you do NOT look 16! You know I am crazy in love with your face!! Happy Happy Birthday xoxoxo
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Thank you for the compliment! 😊 Someone once commented that he’s the George Clooney of cats! MOL
There was a moment last year when we thought he wouldn’t make it, but he’s pulled through! We are blessed to have him with us indeed!
Happy Birthday Mate cause really you don’t look 16,xx Speedy
This is very cool, a sweet message from a cute bunny, you make me blush. Purrs from Uncle Earl Grey xx
Happy Birthday sweet sixteen. We loved your story, very touching. Extra 16 Pawkisses in good health for the occasion☺❤
Thank you for the pawkisses of good health! xx
You have such a way with words. What a special kitty to be with you. Happy Birthday to Earl Grey!
Belated birthday wishes to the handsome and stately Earl Gray from the 14-year old Alpha from the Tribe of Five. Lookin’ good buddy!
Purrs and Head Bonks,
Happy Belated Birthday wishes to Early Gray! What a fine gentleman kitty he is! It is so wonderful to know that he has such a loving home & family. I hope you all have many many more memories to make together! Hugs!
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