Thursday, June 24, 2010

Happy 19th Purrthday Chica!

Mom found Chica in 1992 around the Christmas holidays outside a strip mall in Florida trying to get into a shop. No one knew who she was or where she came from so Mom took her home. No one claimed the cute little tortie and the vet said she was about 6 months old - making her birthday sometime around late June so we picked the 24th - six months from Christmas eve!

Here are a couple of shots from her early days. Chica is Mom's first cat! Chica has been a feisty cat from day one but loved her Mom. She would have preferred to be a only cat but Mom had other ideas - Chica rolled with the punches and because she is sooo crabby to other cats still kept her senior kitty position. She walks around he house grumbling, muttering to herself and swatting anyone who gets in her way. No one messes with Chica!

She was diagnosed four years ago with Chronic Renal Failure but with holistic treatment is doing fine. Last fall she had a bad spell and the new vet (also an animal communicator) said Chica wanted Mom to know she plans on being around for some time, not to worry!

Happy Birthday dear Chica and may we have you for many more years! To celebrate we will have a few prizes to give away to the beans who know the most about senior cats!(for those who live overseas we have a special prize of five cat themed note cards by a New Hampshire artist)

Aren't they great notecards? Some are cats, others have woodland animals but all are so lovely - frameable even.

Quiz #1. Since cats live longer, you can't use the seven year to one year ratio on their ages like we do with dogs. Cats have their own human/cat age equivalent chart. Under 6 months for a cat is equal to childhood in human terms. Eight months to two years equals teen age years, 1-2 years is young adult, 4-8 years is middle age, 17-19 is elderly and so on. What do we call cats over 22 years of age? (Hint - cats are in their hundreds after this age....)

The first commenter to answer correctly wins a copy of the cool book Cat High, The Yearbook - a complete yearbook only all the photos, activities etc. are of cats and about cats. It is an out of print book so this one is used but in good condition! Plus a bag of kitty Temptations !(Overseas winners get the notecards)

Quiz #2. How old was the world's oldest cat? This cat was Sphynx who was originally born in Paris but imported to the US. He passed away of a ripe old age in 1998. The first to answer this question right will get a new great kitty cube for fun playtime! Only is modeling the cube for you. Plus a bag of kitty Temptations! (Again notecards for the overseas winner)

Please enjoy the tropical themed party (since Chica was born in FL) and have some cake, turkey (Chica's favorite), nip, treats and enjoy all the toys!

Thanks for coming and please stop by Fuzzy Tales to wish Derry Happy 3rd Birthday!


Catherine said...

Happy Happy Birthday sweet Chica! I hope you had the loveliest of Birthdays with many more to come!

xo Catherine & Banjo

meowmeowmans said...

Now THAT is a wonderful story! Happy Purrthday, Chica! We wish you many, many more. :)

Thank you, Cheri, for inviting Chica into your lives so many years ago...

Jans Funny Farm said...

A very Happy 19th Purrthday to you, Chica!

The Florida Furkids said...

Happy Birthday Chica! We love your cake! We brought some meowgaritas to share and some HAM!

Mom had a kitty with CRF when she lived in NJ and the holistic doctor really worked wonders for him. We hope you are with us for many more birthdays!

Mom cheated and googled the worlds oldest cat and found a lot of different answers! She's going with 37!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

The Monkeys said...

Happy Birthday, Chica! We LOVE Torties around here (there are three of us here)!

We don't know what cats over 22 are called, but we think the oldest cat was 38!

Keep on being wonderful and the alpha cat in your household, Chica! Deli is our 'alpha' kitty here and we let her do whatever she wants!

We hope you have a wonderful day!

Mishkat said...

Happy birthday, Chica! We are so glad you and your mom found each other! We're wishing you many happy returns.

Re the contest - we are probably too late and we did use Google, but here goes
#1 = geriatric
#2 = 34 (very cool story about Granpa!) But we also read about a cat named Creme Puff that reached the age of 38.

One Cats Nip said...

Happy Birthday Chica!!!!

Katnip Lounge said...

Happy BirthDay Chica! Mommy is on Blogcation but we wanted to stop by and wish you many more "crabby" days.

XX Lounge Kats

Cory said...

We loved your story Chica! Happy Birthday to you!

Jacqueline said...

Happy Birthday beautiful Chica and many, many more!...We hope all your birhtday wishes come true, sweetie...We enjoyed your Gotcha story and are so glad you found such a loving home...Thank you for inviting us to your party, we are having a great time...kisses x3 gorgeous friend...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Ikaika said...

Happy Birthday, beautiful Chica! And many more to come ...

SeaThreePeeO said...

Happy 19th Birthday Chica! xxx

Kea said...

Chica, we wish you a very happy birthday! 19 makes you a grand old ladycat! We wish you many more wonderful years with your family!

P.S. Thanks for the link to Derry's b-day party on our blog; we've done the same for Chica. :-)

Sparkle said...

Happy birthday Chica! Today is my birthday too, but I am just eight. I hope to live as long as you!

We love Luna said...

wow what a day dream!This party is sensational, cool!
Wonderful gifts, treats and pictures!
Happy Birthday sweet Chica!
purrs and love
Luna - We love Luna

Old Kitty said...


Me and Charlie are so glad that your mum found you while you were tiny and trying shop all by yourself!!!:-)

May you have many many many more happy years with your mum and dad and furblings!!!! You are an amazing and most beautiful kitty - I hope you enjoy your day!! We are so happy that you are thriving with the holistic treatment for your CRF - making you even more special!! Yay!

The notecards are beautiful!!! And Only is a natural kitty model! :-)

What do we call cats who are over 22 years of age: ABSOLUTELY AMAZING CATS!! :-)

We're hoping the oldest kitty lived to a fine and grand ol age!!!

Take care

Everycat said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Chica! You look wonderful for your years and we hope you have many more birthdays. Thankyou for sharing your story about how you came to live at Wildcat Woods. You couldn't have landed in a better home if you tried.

We think the answer to Question 1 is Geriatric. Or maybe Super-Geriatric?

Have a wonderful day Chica! That turkey cake looks very yummy!

Whicky Wuudler
& Gerry

Brian's Home Blog said...

Hsppy, Happy, Happy Birthday sweet Chica! You really are a very special lady!!!

Guess 1: A Record
Guess 2: 22

Marg said...

Chica a wonderful Happy Birthday to you. And many many more. You sound like a touch cat which is great.
The oldest cat we think was 31. And we are guessing at this, that a cat over 22 is called geriatric. We would be interested in the correct name for that. The oldest one we have had is like a week shy of 20 years.
Have a wonderful day Chica.

Daisy said...

Happy birthday, Chica!

Are cats over 22 called geriatric?

Webbthistle said...

The happiest of birthdays to you, dear Chica, with many more to follow! You are one of the most beautiful kitties in the blogosphere! Prrrs to you!

Alastriona, The Cats and Dogs said...

Happy birthday Chica! We hopes you have a wonderful day.

We are answering quiz 2
34 years, 2 months and 4 hours old

Everything is very yummy, thanks ever so much for inviting us to your party. ~Artemisia, Socks, Scylla & Fenris

Hannah and Lucy said...

Happy Birthday Chica - you are an amazing kitty and enjoyed reading how your mom found you.
We love your cake and would like to thank you for inviting us to your lovely party.

SuziQCat said...

Happy Birthday's to many more!

My Mind's Eye said...

Chica Happy Happy 19th B-day!!!
What a lucky kitty you were the day you and Mom found each other. It was destiny for sure. We hope you have a wonderful day.

Questions: A cat living to 22 is called a very special cat who rec'd lots of TLC
The oldest cat we have read about I believe it was in its 30's possible 33.
We enjoyed all the lovely tropical treats today
Madi and Mom

Pip said...

Happy birthday Chica. Is a great story. We lorves happy endings.

The Island Cats said...

Happy Birthday, Chica!! You look great for a senior citizen!! We hope you are around for many more birthdays!!

We're probably waaaay too late for the contest...somecat has already given the correct answers, we bet. But we think a cat older than 22 is called geriatric and the oldest cat lived to be 38.

Samantha & Mom said...

Happy Birthday Chica and many, many, many mooooore!!! What a wonderful story, too!! We brought some catnip cookies to share with you on your Birthday!!
Your TX furiends

SASS....Sammy Andy Shelly Sierra said...

What a milestone!!!!! Happy 19th Birthday, beautiful Chica!!!!! We are wishing you many many more.

Great party!!!!!!!!! xxxxxxxxx

Keiko said...

Happy 19th Birthday, Chica! What a wonderful milestone. How wonderful that you have such a great home, and that you have talked with your Mummy through an animal communicator! Our Mummy is wondering if that is like Kinesiology??? She's really into that stuff!

We have no idea how old the oldest cat is, but we are amazed at some of the answers over 35!
Purrrs, Keiko, Kenji, Pricilla & Yuji

Annie Bear said...

Happy birthday, dear Chica! I'm a tortie too but have some tabby markings. I can be a little crabby and fiesty too. Mama things it's the tortie in me. I'm so glad your CRF is stable. What a blessing your mom found you all those years ago!

This is a great party! I love the turkey and toys and your cake is the best! Simba and I would love to have a cat cube. We think the oldest cat was 34 when he died (actually, 34 and two months).

Thanks for inviting me to your party!

Purrs & hugs,

A few Good Cats said...

We're so glad you found your human mom, Chica! A happy 19th birthday to you, from all of us Good Cats! Keep laying that tortitude on the other cats, too...

The Creek Cats said...

Happy Purrthday, Chica! We ope you have a fabulous day, beautiful girl!!


Hi Chica!

It's furry nice to meet you on your 19th purrday. Your story is furry inspiring and we are so glad your Mom found you in 1992 and that you found your forever and ever home.

We hope today is filled with wonderful surprises and lots of hugs and kisses.


Lisa Kolosey said...

Nineteen years old with CRF? Phenomenal!! Happy, Happy Birthday to Chica!! A Tortie of true distinction! May you have a peaceful and crabfree day napping in your favorite place.

With your hint, I'm going to guess that a cat over 22 is called a Centanarian. This is what we call humans at and over 100.

Happy Day All!
~Lisa Co9T

Pumpkinpuddy said...

Happy Purrthday Chica! I learned about you from Fuzzy Tales and came by to get acquainted. 19 is a good kitty age and I hope I'm lucky enough to live that long. Here's to many more purrthdays for you!

CCL Wendy said...

Happy 19th Birthday, Chica! You sure are one determined ladycat. Dante, Dylan and Domino are stopping by with a whole pile of Temptations to share with efurryone. They just love all the wonderful things you've put out for your party.

We don't know the answer to your questions, but we'll guess that the oldest cat was 34, and cats over 22 may be called "centenarians"!

Have a wonderful birthday, Chica -- and here's to many more!

Cats in Trees said...

A very Happy Birthday, Chica! We are so impressed with your age (and still looking good). We wish you many happy returns.

The Meezers or Billy said...

Happy happy Purrfday Chica!!!!!! fanks for inbiting us to the pawty!!!!!!!!!!

Zippy, Sadie, Speedy and M'Gee said...

Happy Purrthday Chica! Hah, we call Zippy "geezer meezer" tho she really isn't a meezer she does walk around making noise and grumbling. Mom read a story dat said da oldest cat, with a verifiable birth date, lived to be 35! She hopes we all live dat long.

Cat Street Boyz said...

WOW, 19 years young...HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chica!!!! Great party=^Y^=

Amy & the house of cats said...

Wow Chica, what an inspiration you are to all us cats! We hope you are having a wonderful 19th birthday so far! We will now sing you our favorite birthday song - we hope you like it!

What day is today?
It's Chica's Birthday!!
What a day for a Birthday!!
Let's all have some cake!!

WE hope you have a wonderful, fun, treat filled day!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Birthday Chica. We enjoyed reading your story.
When we first came to our Forever Home, there was a ladycat already living here and her mother lived to 23 and her auntie was 24. We think the oldest cats were both Baby and Creme Puff who were 37, and the Sphynx was 34. We don't know what cats over 22 are called but we think they are called geriatrics from the age of 12.
You are having a lovely party and thanks for inviting us.

Ozark Mountain Cats said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy those Temptations and don't stay up too late partying.

The Misadventures Of Me said...

Happy Purrthday Chica! Wow yoo look like a tortitude kitteh. MOL


KC and the Giggleman Kitties said...

Happy Purrthday, Chica.
Love & Purrs,
Missy Blue Eyes
Faith Boomerang
Mom ML

Noll's Nip said...

Happy Purrday Chica! Here's to many more :)

Mickey's Musings said...

Happy 19th Birthday Chica!!!!
We hope you have many more too!!!!
This is a great party too :) Let's have fun!!!
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

The Chair Speaks said...

Happy birthday Chica and may you have many more healthy years to come! :)

The Royals and Gentleman Beau said...


Happy, Happy Birthday, Bay-bee!!!

With love from
The Royals!

Quill and Greyson said...

Happiest of Birthday wishes to you Chica!!

Cheyenne -Millie said...

Happy birthday to you Chica! Belated!



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