Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Banjo's Birthday

It's Banjo's birthday today. He's 8. Though he was born on April 14, 2001, I count the day he came to live with us, May 27, 2001 as his birthday. He was just an ordinary barn cat that would have ended up at the SPCA if we hadn't taken him. He doesn't have any papers showing his pedigree but he's still very special to us!

He's gone from a husky 30 lbs to a svelte 21 lbs in a year thanks to a high protein diet of less than 1/2 cup of food a day. {I think he weighs a bit less than 21 lbs now, I haven't taken him to the vet to get weighed lately.}

He was a normal sized cat when he was little but grew to 18 lbs by the time he was one years old. He was almost a caramel color with black tips when he was little. Cute!

He has brought us much joy over the last 8 years {as well as some crazy vet bills - but that's ok - I don't mind - he's worth it} and has taught us many things:
  1. There's always time for a nap in the last patch of sunbeam of the day - even if it's right in the middle of the kitchen floor while someone is trying to make dinner.
  2. If you are hungry, keep meowing loudly, especially in the wee hours of the morning, someone will eventually feed you.
  3. If you are lonely, keep meowing loudly, especially in the wee hours of the morning, someone will eventually pet you.
  4. The more you ignore someone, the more they want your company.
  5. If someone is mad at you, open your eyes wide and start purring.
  6. If you are tired, take a nap.
  7. If you are bored, take a nap.
  8. If you are lazy, take a nap.
  9. Ignore the expensive toys, a card board box or a piece of string always makes for more fun.
  10. Always use the litter box the minute it's been cleaned out.
  11. If you try hard enough, you can fit into the tiniest space to hide from everyone.
  12. The best area to sleep on a bed is in the middle half.

And with that ~

Happy Birthday Banjo!

I hope to have many more years of learning from you!


Just Jules said...

that is one fat cat!

katrina lauren said...

what a sweet post for banjo! i know how much you love him!
how cute is the picture of him in the bathtub? also i love the photos you took of him in the sun....beautiful!
{if only banjo would be my friend...i am very much an animal lover...if only he knew!}


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