Almost a month ago, Tiger aka Mr Magoo, an exotic Himalayan cross celebrated his 10th birthday (human/ Gregorian calendar).
It’s a big thing turning 10 for a kitty - that’s the equivalent of the big six-oh in cat years.
Tiger is not ashamed of assuming his seniority - being the eldest in the household. He shares an inner city pad with his humans & Everest, an 8 month old Highland Lynx who loves to chase him around. Though he doesn’t share the same enthusiasm.
Tiger’s Mum had booked his birthday session 4 months ahead, and has been planning ever since. We chatted about possibilities, but knowing Mr Magoo everything eventually had to be done on his terms (& he did).
Mr Magoo has no fear. His Mum told me he “accidentally fell over” the balcony, twice (even when the area had been cat proofed); first time he landed on the neighbour’s courtyard; second time, she found him (after having searched the entire afternoon) perched in the corner of the next building watching the world go by as if nothing had happened. Rest assured, he was unharmed.
Tiger got me when we went for a morning walk at the Arthur McElhone Reserve - see, he gets transported in a backpack to avoid the busy traffic. Once he was at the reserve, he took over the lead and walked us instead. He’s a pro at outdoor adventures! He showed me his favourite spots, checking out the Koi and sniffing the Spring air. Regular dogs at the reserve greeted Tiger with a nod but kept a distance, respectfully!
We spent the rest of the morning at home with an official birthday cake celebration, which his Mum ‘made’ for him (how creative was that cake!) He ended eating both Everest’s & his cake. Well, it’s his birthday. He’s allowed.
I’m waiting for the day when Tiger is ready to take Everest out to the park for a walk. I might catch them both sharing a kitty moment & picnic by the pond chatting away with their new friends. One day.
I can't wait to see Tiger's fine art album & wall art!