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Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy Birthday, Amber!

Three years old today:

Spring 2014

When Amber first arrived to her forever home (September 2012)

Left to right: Amber and Cameo last spring

Cameo is back to good health after a rough week. She'll be participating in Amber's "treat party" today.


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Amber! I can see you are a Cat of Great Character and Charm.

    And many thinks to God, to AOW's love and devotion, and to excellent vet care that both Cameo and Mysti have returned to good health.

    Nothing like a felicitous feline household to keep one's spirits high.

    Have a lovely, cheery day, all of you.

    1. Mysti will be eating treats. However, a tortie herself -- and, unlike Amber -- Mysti is a tortie with tortitude. So, Mysti will not really celebrate Amber's birthday with as much goodwill as we would like.

      Mysti (almost age 16) needs some dental work, but she can still chow down those treats!

      Still, overall, this is a felicitous feline household (Love the phrase!).

  2. That makes me miss my Cat Hobbes who died 7 years ago this week. What a great and loyal pet.

    1. Mike,
      I recall your having mentioned Hobbes before. Must have been a wonderful friend!

      Losing our four-legged companions is sad. Our grief is real.

  3. Frankie and Erica send birthday greetings to Amber. So glad Cameo is feeling better.

    Frankie just spend the morning at the vet because we thought we were going to have another "$1000.00 pistachio event." This time it was bark. But he seems fine now and the vet didn't even do xrays.

  4. They never let us down do they? Always faithful to those who love them.

  5. I find that oftentimes I prefer our four-legged companions to people!

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    1. Baysider,
      She is certainly a handful will she walks on her stilt-like legs. She is so tall! She stands up on this legs and can reach any counter that she seeks to explore. She also stands up on her long legs to give me a hug -- and a gentle nip on my gluteus maximus.

      Amber is definitely the sweetest cat we've ever had in this household.

      She has one odd trait: she loves to be laughed at. Most cats do not. But Amber is joyful and loves joy expressed in all forms.

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    1. Odie,
      Amber trills back her thanks. Yes, she's a triller -- a coloratura soprano.

  8. Now there are two beauties. Is the grey very laid back? I've always found the solid greys to be that way,
    It sure looks like they have a lot of fun together and with you.

    1. Kid,
      Cameo is not laid back! Most greys are, but not Cameo, who is 1/4 Siamese and 3/4 Russian Blue.

      Cameo's litter mate Jiggy, whom my cousin adopted, was laid back. I wasn't able to keep track of the other litter mates, so I don't know their personalities. I do know, however, that all of Cameo's litter mates had a tendency to develop bladder stones.

      I was frantic last week when Cameo suddenly became ill and wouldn't eat or drink. Not eating her special food to prevent bladder stones would have been fatal and would have led to a urinary tract blockage. I summoned our vet (home care vet), and he injected her with fluids and prescribed an appetite stimulant, the latter primarily to prevent Fatty Liver Disease. Cameo is fine now and back to her version of normal -- which is to say bossing me around, laying on her back, etc.

      We have no idea why she suddenly quit eating. She has a history of stubborn hairballs because of her triple coat, and it's hairball season -- so "a bad hairball" is our best guess.

      Amber is laid back -- unusual for a tortie.

      Cameo is devoted to Amber. Cameo has never acted that way with any other members of our cat family. Go figure!

    2. Cameo, Wow, she's a talker then?

      For hairball season we use Laxanip and no where near the dosage they talk about. We put it on a popsicle stick and then into the mouth and whatever doesn't go in goes on the top of the front paws and they lick it off. It seems to help.

    3. Kid,
      Actually, Cameo is not a talker. The other Siamese-mix that we had wasn't a talker either. Go figure. Maybe because our kitties' demands are usually met. We are their servants.

      I've used Laxatone, but Cameo doesn't like it. Laxanip is worth a try! Thanks for the tip.

  9. Cats are such delightful psychos. Murderous beasts who have so much love and affection for humans, along with disdain and an overbearingly demand for attention.

    I like dogs and cats equally for different reasons, but will never keep a pet because I think it is slavery. However, I dont condemn humans who indulge in the modern day slavery of our furry friends...

    1. FN,
      Yes, delightful psychos.

      I'm sure that our cats do not think they are slaves. It's the other way around.

    2. PS: Dogs make better slaves than cats.

  10. The birthday girl is a real beauty. I remember when you first got her. Gosh, has it been three years already?

    As a member of the Tortie Club myself, I understand 'tortitude' because my Kinky is more like your Mysti than your Amber. Kinky, the smallest of three cats, acts like she owns the house, and, as her favorite human, I ignore her at my peril.

    Hairballs season is a pain at our house because we also have a Maine Coon, but nothing like what you went through with Cameo. I'm glad to hear she's feeling better.

    1. Cube,
      It is hard to believe that Amber has been here so long. I hate that the time flies because of the limited life expectancy of our beloved four-legged companions.

      Mysti has always been quite temperamental. Now that she is old, she is reclusive.

  11. I love the way Amber's little pink tongue so perfectly matches your carpet! ;-)

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    1. An Amber!

      From the link:

      The world's oldest cat, Tiffany Two, turns 27 today, or 125 in human years, according to Guinness World Records.

      Tiffany's owner, Sharron Voorhees, told ABC News she thinks her cat's longevity can be pinned to her devotion and her small size.

      Amber is a bigger cat than Tiffany.

      I don't know that small size results in longevity, though. The two biggest cats we've ever had lived to be 19.5 and 20.5. One was fat, the other not. Devotion and good care are probably the two biggest factors in any pet's health -- along with genetics, too, of course.

      Thanks so much for that link, Kid.


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