Casper's Birthday

There is a song by the Talking Heads written in 1980 called Once in a Lifetime.  I love this song, not only because it harkens to the nostalgia of my youth but because it has both odd and poignant lyrics.  One line goes “you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?”  

I sometimes ask myself this same question within the context of having so many cats.  Seems for a long, long time (fifteen years) I had only one cat, Molly, then somehow in the blink of an eye I became a crazy cat lady with FIVE cats!  I like to make sure people know I have a dog also, as if this is some kind of normalizing factor and doesn’t just make me look even more of a nutter because it brings the count of animals in my household to six – LOL!!

Anyway you may ask yourself “where is this post going?”  I’ll tell you…it is Casper’s birthday today and he is the kitty who started it all.  I adopted Casper (much to Molly’s chagrin) from my friend Pauline who was caring for him after he had been abandoned by his owners and needed a forever home.  After Casper it was just a hop, skip and a jump to five cats.  Of course I wouldn’t have it any other way, all my “kids” are wonderful and bring more joy to my life more than I could possibly say.

So please join me in wishing Casper a very happy 5th birthday.  He is a trailblazer, goodwill ambassador, alpha mancat, gentle giant and cuddle bunny all rolled into one fantastic feline!!!



Nerissa said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JASPER! May your day be filled with love & cuddles and treats & nip. Lots & lots of the nip! purrs

Marg said...

Happy Happy birthday Casper. We sure are so glad that you have such a great home. Please tell your Mom Casper, that your Mom should not feel like the crazy cat lady, just look at our Mom. She really is nuts. LOL. Take care.

Pellie / Penny said...

Happy Birthday Prince Casper.

Many more happy years ahead.



Brian said...

Happy Birthday Casper!!! I hope your special day is as special as you are pal!

Madi and Mom said...

A little birdie tweeted to me that it was your 5th meow-day. OMC your picture nearly made my lady cat heart skip a beat. You look quite stately there with your legs crossed giving the camera lady a manly stare.

Happy day I bet your sibs and peeps will give you lots of hugs today.
Your older lady cat friend,

ArtemisiaFSS said...

Oh My Darling Casper, I hope you have a wonderful birthday today. Please thank your Mom for letting know. If you don't already have plans please teleport over we can have a romantic supper in the Hummingbird Cottage and watch the sunset. ~Your Mouse

Happy Birthday Casper ~Socks, Scylla & Fenris

The Island Cats said...

Happy Birthday, Casper! Good going for being that trailblazer that turned your mom into a Crazy Cat Lady! ;)

We hope you are having a great day!

The Monkeys said...

Happy 5th birthday, Casper! Our Mommy loves that you're a Taurus like her and me (Delilah)!

Have a fabulous day with tons of treats!


Fuzzy Tales said...

A very happy birthday, Casper. We're glad you started it all, as it were.

Have a fabulous celebration!

Katie Isabella said...

Happy Birthday beautiful beautiful Casper. xoxoxoxoxox

Tillie and Georgia said...

Happy 5th Birthday Casper!!!!!!!
Your Mom said some very nice things about you!!! All true too ;) WE know you will have a wonderful day with plenty of hugs,cuddles and treats :)
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Tiger,Treasure and JJ

Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Birthday Casper. We hope you are having a lovely day.

KC and The Sherwood Bunch said...

Happy Birfday, Casper.
I saw your linky and putted you on the offishul Cat Blogosphere Calendar.
Next year you'll be posted at the correct time, at the start of the day.
Love & Purrs,

meowmeowmans said...

Happy birthday, Casper! We salute your role as a trendsetter and trailblazer. :)

We love you, and hope you have the best day ever!


LP said...

You may ask yourself , " Am I right, am I wrong?"
You may say to yourself , " My God what have I done?"
Letting the days go by ....
One of my favourite songs too Cat!
Bonne fete Casper :)
I laughed outloud when you said you add Rio to the count to "normalize it"!!! When we had THREE dogs , when Duffy sort of fell into our laps, people would mill about every time I walked them and I would say we also had two (at the time) cats at home thinking it wouldn't make me seem so extreme until I finally understood by their reactions that it just made look crazier...
Hope your day was filled with treats and cuddles sweet Casper.
We love you :)

the critters in The Cottage xo

Oui Oui said...

Happy Birthday, Prince Casper! We are sure you have had a wonderful day! Our mom loved the Talking Heads, too. She always believed you should never have more animals than hands to scratch them with. So she had Leia & Attila. After much soul searching, there was Robbie. Then in a blink of HER eye there were 5 cats & a dog too! Funny how that happens!

Sweet Purrfections said...

Happy Birthday Casper!

Truffle and Brulee

Forty Paws said...

Happy 5th Purrfday Casper!

Luf, Us

Laura and Taffeta Rose said...

Happy Birthday Casper!!! We think your CCL mom had a great idea when she adopted you. You are very handsome, in a mancatly way. Hope you have been having a great day!

Laura & Taffy

Sparkle said...

Happy birthday, Casper! You proved to your human how awesome it is, being a multi-cat family!

Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

Happy Birthday to you sweet Casper!

Cara n Crew said...

Happy Birthday, Casper! we hope your day was filled with treats, love, snuggles - you name it!

We have a plaque that says "one cat leads to another" so true!
you make our mom feel less of a nutter with the four of us kitties and a dog ;) :D

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, HOllie

Meg said...

Happy Birthday to you Casper!!

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Happy Birthday Casper and many, many, many moooooore!!!
Your TX furiends,

Natalie said...

Happy birthday to Casper!!

looloo said...

Happy birthday, Casper!

I totally understand your mum fell in love with you, you are a stunning cat!


Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock said...


#1 says she quite understands how you feel as she too had one kitty for 15 years and now has four of us! But she loves every minute, and she loves that song too!

The Chans

weaverpat said...

Happy Birthday, Casper!!!
What a beautiful portrait!
You started a good trend with adopting more kitties. More IS better!
Hope you have a wonderful day filled with treats and lots of Mommy-love!

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Casper..... Happy Birthday, Pal. Hope you had a great one.... and hope you celebrate all week long.

pawhugs, Max

Annuk said...

With love from Anna & Zoe

Annuk said...

PS: Can I join your party?
Zoe :)

MTVA said...

Happy Birthday, Casper Dear!

CCL Wendy said...

Happy 5th Birthday handsome boy! I'm so glad you ended up in your furever home with your Mom and Dad and all those furblings. You are obviously where you were destined to be.

You have such an air of confidence in that picture. I just loved your crossed paws. I hope you were well and truly spoiled on this very auspicious occasion!

Cory said...

Happy Birthday Casper! Mom is laughing because she asks herself the same question...how did I get here??? Ha! Casper, you are a very special boy for being the one who started it all....cats are like potato chips! You can't just have one.

Rene said...

Happy birthday, you handsome mancat!

Everycat said...

Happy Birthday Caspar and well done for being the "gateway" cat so your Mom could become a true cat lady!

Have a great day fella!

Clooney said...

Great post. Meow to you too, you gorgeous, special boy! And Happy, Happy Birthday Dear Casper! And many more...I'z got my jazz paws goin' for you x a Godzillion!

Luv Cloon & Tiri

Avalons Garden and Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats said...

Awwwwww, you such a Beautiful boy!
Happy Birfday Casper!! we hopez you getz lotz ov cuddlez and treatz and Nip and haz a Pawsum day!!! ^..^ and tell your mom she not crazy cat lady....... datz da way it goez furst dere'z 1 den there'z FUN......hehehehe mol
we haz 16 fish too! ^..^ :o
Headbonkz ~ ♥♥♥xoxoxoxo

ABBY said...

Casper we are one day late (and we apologize) but we had to stop in and wish you a belated happy purrday. YOU are such a gorgeous boy! Many many more happy days young man.

Anonymous said...

If this is crazy, the world needs more of it! Happy Birthday beautiful Casper and hugs to Ben, Archie, Jimmy and Kip. Plus puppy! :-)

Lizzie & & kitties

Meg said...

Thank you so much for your kind words on Fin's passing. :-)


Katie and Glogirly said...

Happy Birthday, Casper!!! You are a special kitty indeed. So happy you have all this love in your sweet life.
; ) Katie & Glogirly

CricriCat said...

Happy Birthday Casper. How fortunate to have five cats, the dream .... Good evening Catrina. Biz. CricriCat

Jacqueline said...

Happy Belated Birthday to handsome Casper!...We are so glad he found your wonderful family and loving forever home...Happy Friday and have a fun weekend as well, sweet friends...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki
PS...Cat, your story sounds a lot like mine=1 kitty for 20 years, now I have 5!...Happy Mother's Day Weekend!!...J

Mama Bear said...

Still so hard to believe that such a handsome boy would be abandoned early in life...he has such "reach out and cuddle me" eyes that are so irresistible! Good to know that he is now having birthdays that are happy..in the true sense of the word.

Bellen said...

Happy birthday, Casper! I know how it feels with regards to cats. I wanted just one at some point in the past. Then I adopted another to keep her company; then a third because he was too painfully shy to go elsewhere; then a fourth for much the same reason. Now, I am fostering another - but he's very adoptable. I want to see him in a home of his own. But four cats is a ways from one, isn't it?

Tamago said...

Happy birthday, Casper!! You are such a gorgeous boy. It's sad you were abandoned by your owners but I'm glad you are with such a wonderful family now. Have a great birthday weekend!!

Rykers Boyz n Allie said...

Maxwell: *signs Happy BIRFDAY to Casper*