Grand Old Dame, Sarabi, celebrates her birthday!
Last updated March 24th, 2018
Have you ever been asked, “Have you been drinking from the fountain of youth? You look so young!” Age in human years is such a taboo topic, we don’t like displaying it proudly as a badge of honor. Don’t ask a lady her age, it’s bad social etiquette. But there’s one lady in the Chirpy Cat’s house who carries her age well and doesn’t mind being asked her age. This is one gal who does not look a day older than “kitten” and has the confidence and poise of a leopard in the wild. She is none other than Sarabi, our brown spotted Bengal cat who today celebrates her 15th birthday. Sarabi is the same weight today that she was when she was younger. She’s lithe and sleek, a great jumper, agile and light-footed. Her vocals, once activated through conversation, will always want the last say.
Sarabi has enjoyed many adventures with her older sibling Earl Grey. She was there walking on a leash, side by side with him exploring The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland back in 2003. Did I mention how she rocks walking on a leash and harness? This girl was meant to strut her stuff like a goddess. There was no stopping to smell the flowers or nibble on grass; when she went on walks she meant business, no distractions. She was also an avid player of ‘fetch’ and would beg you to throw her mouse, and like a machine, would not tire of this game as long as there was a willing and patient human to throw.
She also did a brief 4-year stint in South Africa where she wowed my father with her avid conversation and athletic ability. He would inevitably be the patient human throwing the mouse for her across the kitchen tiles while making morning coffee.
“Did you see how she skids across the tiles while she makes her turn?” he would giggle. He would also be an engaged participant in some great human-Bengal conversations.
For many years she enjoyed the peace and quiet of a two-cat household and never really liked other cats, besides her best friend, Earl Grey. Over the four years since adopting the youngsters, there have been some scuffles between Sarabi and Scout, the feisty tortie. In the beginning, Scout would drive Sarabi out of all her favorite places. But then enter the two brothers, the “Yoots” Ollie and Baggy, and the whole dynamic changes. This rambunctious duo will not let anyone one mess with Sarabi and if they do, they will surely be rewarded with a powder puff to say “back off.” She has also formed a sweet friendship with Charlie and after napping together they can be found playing a game of chase under the kitchen table. It’s safe to say that Sarabi has formed lasting allies and has probably changed her mind about multi-cat households.
In the past year, she has become more playful and alert, even trying to carry plush Tigger, who is twice her tiny weight, down the stairs. This is accompanied by that excited vocal yowl, summoning us to throw it for a game of fetch. The game does not last long though, before being intercepted by her very own allies, The Yoots! She gets to choose where to hang out for afternoon catnaps, takes the best sun puddles undisturbed and gets to sleep with her favorite human, Moi, in the crook of my knees. Life is good at 15.
Grand old dame Sarabi is not showing signs of slowing down at all. Her bloodwork came back normal and overall a very good report from the vet who was so impressed that he asked her, smiling:
“Sarabi, have you been drinking from the fountain of youth?”
Happy Birthday my sweet spotted butterfly, my little Bee baby Sarabi.
You may also like to read Earl Grey’s opinion about what he thought of her when she arrived to stay.
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15 is one heck of an age isn’t it.
ConCATulations fair lady and long way you continue to prowl and pounce!!
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It really is a milestone! I don’t know when I will slow down. xx
Happy Birthday, Sarabi!
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Thank you so much! xx
Happy Birthday Sarabi! You don’t look a day over 5. Phoebe and her friend Kali of Canadian Cats have an exclusive club called the Crotchety Cougars for lady cats over 15. If you send me your address to email@example.com, I will send you the official red crocheted hat.
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Thank you! And I think I remember seeing that. Sounds cool to be part of an exclusive club for us old dames, yay! Will send you my deets. Purrs from Sarabi.
Happy Birthday, Sarabi ! We wish you a wonderful day ! Purrs
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Thank you Claire and Swiss kitties xx
Sending happy birthday wishes to beautiful Sarabi! 🙂
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Thank you for the wishes xx
Happy Birthday, Sarabi! You are a beautiful kitty.
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What a beautiful girl you are, Sarabi! Sending you our best Happy Birthday greetings!
Awwe thank you so much!
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Happy Birthday Sarabi!!
Thank you! xx
Happy Birthday, Sarabi! You look so youthful. I hope this is the best year yet. 🙂 Making it to 15 years old is a real honor!
Thank you, and I hope it will be good. I often wonder when I will slow down! xx Kisses from Sarabi
15??? No way! Happy birthday, beautiful Sarabi!
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Happy Birthday from all of us beautiful girl!!!
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Happy Birthday Sarabi! Hope I age as gracefully as you have.
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You surely will Cathy Keisha, because you are so well loved!
Happy Birthday = you’re a pretty feline!
thank you, you’re sweet
Happy Happy Birthday Sarabi!!! xoxo
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Thank you! 😘
Sarabi, you exotic lady you, Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you were treated like the royal princess you are! I bet you make all the other ladies jealous with your youthful visage and energy. Purrs & luvs!
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Thank you, Val. I think I can give Scout, the younger tortie girl a run for her money, or rather, her catnip!
Happy Birthday Sarabi…15 is a great milestone. I will be sending you a red hat from the Crotchety Cougars. I am a fellow Canadian in Prince George British Columbia. I turned 15 in May….so I’m older…MOL
Will you please send several pictures of yourself so mom can help me put them into a post at Canadian Cats. I will also need a picture of you with your hat on for our official photo.
I like your blog Sarabi.
I have your address so I will let you know when your hat is in the mail fellow Cougar.
Oh thank you, thank you Kali! Now I feel so special! I will have the Lady Cat send you my pictures very soon. I can’t wait for my official Crotchety Cougars hat! Purrs to you fellow Canadian Cougar!
Happy Belated Birthday, Sarabi! I hope I’m looking as good as you at 15.
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Happy birthday, Sarabi! We are a little late to the pawty, but we hope you had a blissful day of love and sunshine!