Casey on his 8th birthdayApparently, I’ve just had another birthday.  Friday, 21st June – something about the longest day – that was the day Mum gave me for my birthday.  I’m 8 years old now, it seems, and every 21st June, I gain another number.  Gibbs is 4 years old.  So, he hasn’t had as many numbers – or birthdays – as I have had.  No matter.  It’s all gobbledy-gook to us felines.  I believe I’ve told you before, birthdays are an anathema to us.  We don’t understand what years are, or months, or even days.  We live moment to moment; snooze to food, quick trip out to the garden, back to snoozing. 

I spent the day as I spend most days: lying on the sofa snoozing.  It was a bit more special though as Mum was with me.  She had something called an ‘operation’ on Monday and had to rest.  Resting is not something that she does very often, so I was very happy to lie next to her making sure she rested and slept. We slept on peacefully for quite a while until her mobile phone sprang into life and woke us both up.  It was Dad, wishing me a happy birthday and asking her how she was feeling.

She told us that when they were on holiday in Cape Verde the other week, that they were shocked at just how many people sat at the mealtimes, heads bent over their phones.  No one seems to talk to each other anymore – face to face, I mean. Mum answered Dad’s text and then that triggered a need to go to the bathroom, so our precious moment of peace and tranquillity was broken.  Then she got Gibbs and I our lunch.

Casey snoozing on his 8th birthdayI’ve written before about being in the moment.  We felines don’t plan ahead.  I have no idea what I’ll be doing a week next Thursday, neither does Gibbs.  We take each day as it comes, rain or shine, hail or snow – whatever the weather brings we’ll still do what we want to do – but we haven’t planned anything.  So, if I get up after a nap and think to myself, ‘now I’ll go out for a stroll around our garden,’ and it’s raining, it’s not the end of the world.  I’ll just have a snooze instead.  No worries.  No stress.  No harm done.

Life is what you make it, people.  Unlike us, with our nine lives, sadly humans only get one – so use it wisely. Don’t spend all day on those phones or tablet thingies.  If you want a conversation with someone, go and speak to your neighbour or even your own family members.  Go out into the sunshine and breathe in – don’t forget to breathe out as well! – and enjoy the gifts that God has given to us all. 

Be more feline!  Snooze more, eat little and often, stretch, really s-t-r-e-t-c-h and live in the moment.   

Till the next time,



A Cats Prayer

Lead me down all the right paths,
Keep me from fleas, bees, and baths.
Let me in should it storm,
Keep me safe, fed, and warm.