L’anniversaire de 10 ans


Louis Catorze is 10 years old today. And, given that we never imagined all those years ago that such a sickly scrap of a thing would live this long, this is a très big deal indeed.

As a child, pets’ birthdays were very important. Then, as an adult with no pets, I started to think people who celebrated them were a bit lame. I remember once visiting some British friends who lived in France and, on the last night of our stay, they invited a huge bunch of fellow Brits and local Frenchies for dinner. I found myself at the French end of the table and I remember thinking, “My French must be really terrible, because what I’ve managed to understand from this conversation is that our hosts had a big party for their dog’s 10th birthday last year and invited everyone in the village. That’s CLEARLY not what happened.” It later transpired, of course, that this was correct. We laughed about it at the time, but now look at us with our cat blog and our cat guest book. (Cat Daddy: “What do you mean, “our”?”)

We happened to know the actual birthdays of Nimbus and Luther, the first two cats we had as adults, which, somehow, set the precedent for pet birthday celebrations, and now it seems unfair to discriminate against pets whose birthdays are unknown. I don’t imagine Sa Maj was really born on 30th April but, as that’s the day given on his paperwork, that will do for us. And, according to folk legend, anyone born on May Eve – the night before 1st May – is meant to be a bit creepy and weird with otherworldly powers, so that works, too.

Because we are still in lockdown, Catorze’s party won’t be quite the extravaganza for which we had hoped. But, even though it’s just us, we still intend to have a marvellous time and to celebrate everything that we love about the little sod.

Cat Daddy: “I don’t suppose that’ll take long.”

Cat Daddy was bored during lockdown so, one day, a few weeks ago, he and his boy decided to try and recreate the HMV logo together, and this was the result (below). Since Catorze has failed to produce a photo good enough to be his Official 10th Birthday Portrait (no surprise there), this will do for now.

Thank you for supporting the little sod and us.

His Master’s Daemon.

42 thoughts on “L’anniversaire de 10 ans

  1. Oh my word bless dear Louis Catorze!! Happy Happy 10th Birthday you wonderful special puss… One day mummy and daddy will sing ‘Fangs for the memories’.

    Thank you so much for Le Blog, life is all the more cheerful hearing about Louis’ escapades

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    1. Merci! He certainly gives us plenty of material, that’s for sure! So glad you have been enjoying his misadventures. 🤣


  2. Happy birthday to the little daemon! I’m sure he enjoyed every minute of this 10th birthday…..trying to think up all sorts to commemorate it right until the striking of 12!
    Inca and Maya are sending him headbumps and such like…

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    1. That’s so kind of you. Thank you so much. He does have a favourite animal rescue called Lilly’s Legacy who have a PayPal address. Do you have PayPal? If not I will contact them for another way of donating. Merci beaucoup!

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      1. I know them well, one of my three cats came from there, Stevie in fct he was creaming 12 splint Stevie I believe at one point lol. so I will happily drop them a little contribution on behalf of the decade of Louis Catorze

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    2. Hello again, Angie. If you don’t have Paypal you can make a phone donation to Celia Hammond Animal Trust, Barking Road, Canning Town, phone number 02074748811
      If you call up and quote “ROCKY STRAY CAT STRAUGHAN” and give your card number, a donation will be added to the account.

      If you do have PayPal its lillyslegacy@hotmail.com

      Thanks again! 🌞👑


    1. Merci! Unfortunately they’ve forecast gales and storms 🤣🤣🤣 so I think any outdoor celebrations will be postponed for later!

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  3. I would love to give a donation in his honour – could you remind me of the PayPal email address for LL please? I hope you all enjoy his birthday and he doesn’t celebrate by getting into even more trouble! xxx

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  4. Since I already sang “Happy Purrsday” to Le Roi on Facebook, I won’t do this here again (my singing voice is not that overwhelming).
    But I do wish my favourite SunKing a happy 10th Purrsday here and his exquisite staff as well. May you enjoy this day to the full, with spoils and heaps of mischief.

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  5. ♫♪♥♥♥♥♫♪Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Dear Louis Catorze!!!!! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

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  6. Le Roi, we hope that you and your minions have a successful celebration. We seldom know the birthdates of our furamiily and usually can’t even remember the “gotcha” days. We think this is a remnant of our huMom’s birthday being 3 days after Christmas, so it was never perceived as a big deal. We get regular meals and snuggles on demand.

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    1. Merci! He’s been having an absolute blast today, running around, screaming, getting cuddles. 😊


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