Clyde The Black Cat’s 19th Birthday Wisdom

It’s our dear Clyde The Black Cat’s 19th Birthday with a little wit and wisdom, cat art, extravagant cake for your to enjoy and prizes.

It feels like yesterday that we were celebrating our angel Merlin’s 19th birthday. It was a big milestone for a cat with kidney disease and the thought of him turning 20 seemed remote and turning 21 a miracle. He almost made it to 22. Cats are forever surprising us with their comings and goings. Elderly cats or those with chronic illnesses tend to rally in waves of wellness between the depths of “is it time to go?” Some cats fight longer and harder to hang on tooth and nail.

Clyde is one of those panther warriors who came to us ill at age 16 with kidney disease and diabetes. If you haven’t read how his life did a 360, start with this blog post. He’s carved out a new life as muse, author and blogger on Mondays. Despite the odds, he’s coasted with remarkable grace through more ups than downs. The past couple weeks things shifted and it’s time to monitor his quality of life and the balance between good and bad days.

He had another hypoglycemic episode that left him wobbly and unable to jump onto the bed. Corn syrup mixed with water in his food worked its magic and he bounced back. Not only did his blood sugar stabilize but the next day he jumped up without assistance onto the bed in a rumble of happy purrs and headbonks. I’ll leave the birthday boy to say a few words of his own.

19th birthday cat


Well, it looks like I made it to the big 1-9! I’m kind of stubborn and yes, I am very demanding. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Honestly, it was touch and go this week. When I’m feeling under the weather, I go under the bed. I hadn’t done that in ages. It’s no fun having diabetic neuropathy and plantar stance. It makes my hind legs flat like a bunny. You can see them in the photo at the top. It first showed up two years ago but vanished with Methyl-B12 (aka Methylcobalamin) is a special form of vitamin B12 that can be absorbed in the spinal fluid. I was doing so well my humans stopped it but I’m on it again. It must be working because it makes me want to dance and..

Savor  All Flavors of Emotional delight called happiness

Cats are masters of living with intention. We have a direct connect to Spirit moment by moment (better than any WIFI) without the complicated human notions of worry, wool gathering or wondering “what ifs”. As an old cat (19 is 90+ in human years) I’d like to think I’ve accumulated some wisdom. You know how they say older is better? I disagree. Older is wiser but not necessarily better. With some humans older isn’t always wiser either. At least I accept what is. For the cat god’s sake, I’m not three anymore. My old bones say be careful and if it hurts, stop.

I’ve not been able to jump much higher than my height let alone what the stats say how high can a cat jump? There is a deep firm cushion making the jump to my mom’s bed easier on my joints. I have a new feeding station with a raised optimum height and my favorite litter box is moved a few feet closer for easier access. That’s all most considerate but I’m thrilled to be able to go up and down stairs several times at day.

I’m pleased as punch for small pleasures, want for nothing and grateful for the black cat love at @blackcatsofIG


I’m also grateful to live with three exceedingly polite and tolerant cats. Odin does steal up to my third floor lair to nibble on my food and piss in my litter box because he can’t help being an asshole  territorial. We kiss hello and have an understanding. I know they wish me happiness in an old-fashioned kind of way. They respect that I’m a vintage cat who loves vintage cat art.



When life is upside down, celebrate the new perspective.

My birthday prizes for our dear subscribers include:

1) Would you and your cat like to be featured on our blog? Submit two photos and few lines about your cat and their name to The first one will be presented on Monday barring acts of god and full moon madness

2) An pawtographed copy of our book with a surprise gift. It has something to do with my story in the book. If you think you know, email Layla with the answer. The first right answer wins.

Big black loving purrs,


P.S. I’m not asking for any birthday gifts but I’d love you to buy someone you love our book. Did you read our fantastic 5 star reviews? Our affiliate link to Amazon

83 thoughts on “Clyde The Black Cat’s 19th Birthday Wisdom”

  1. Clyde we all wish you a wonderful 19th year and are sorry about being a bit late to the pawty.
    Timmy and Family

    Buddy Budd: Dood! Hopin yoo getta lotta more Birfdayz ta come. I wanna do da 19 shuffle az ah jus hadda 18th mah fren
    Yer Blue Buddy
    Buddy Budd

  2. Happy birthday, Clydie! We love you, and have loved you always (well, at least since we first met you at PAWS). You are a very special mancat, dear friend. Hope you had a great day, and that the coming year is as special as you!

  3. Happy birthday to one of our favorite inspiring senior cats! May you and your family (cat and human) continue to bless each other!

  4. How wonderful to be 19 and living in a loving home.
    We can see how happy you are too 🙂
    Happy 19th Birthday Clyde and we purr you have more happy birthdays!
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

  5. I am unspeakably late, but I bring you the very best birthday wishes on this most auspicious day. Happy Birthday, Clyde, and may all your birthday dreamies and wishes come true 😉
    Birthday Purrs for a special guy
    PS Mrs H has agreed not to sing so your ears will be spared a rndition of that tune 🙂

  6. Happy Happy Birthday Clyde!

    Oding can’t help but to be an ahole, I think he just likes ya 🙂 So glad you are doing well now and living the life of Riley with your wonderful human and feline family.

  7. Happy 19th, Clyde! You have had a long life and done well. We’re so glad you are celebrating such a momentous age with your family. We hope you have many more good days with them!!!

  8. Happy Birthday Clyde! You are more handsome than ever. My Pop has a saying “growing old is a contact sport” which I guess applies to us kitties too. I hope you have a good quality of life until you reach Merlin’s age cos without a quality of life, is life worth living?

  9. Clapping my paws and wishing you many more hugs and purrs from your furry friends at home and your humans who do such a great job of taking care of you! You are such an elegant black cat! Happy Birthday, Clyde!

  10. Clyde I am so happy for you – 19 is a wonderful age and you’re still mostly on top of your game so what’s not to be happy about right? My Mom remembers clearly when you began showing up at Miss Layla’s……and eventually she was able to coax you inside…..and you have been living the high life ever since. Talk about the best life EVER – you’ve got it. I hope your birthday is incredibly special. I mean that sincerely. Here’s to MANY more!

    Hugs, Teddy

  11. The Happiest of Birthday Wishes to you dear Clyde! We knew you would make 19 no sweat!
    Keep it between the ditches dude! You are sooooooooooooooo purrrrrrrrrrfectly suave and dashing as any “mature” gentleman should be.
    We love your wishes too!
    Happiest of Birthdays and wishes for many more!
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo 7 the Angels >^..^^..^<~

  12. Happy Happy Happy Birthday Clyde~! It is great to be old! Cats are never old in real life, even if they are old in years. You are as young as you feel, and I bet you feel very spirited! So, you’re still a young dude!

    I had forgotten that every cat year is 5 human years. Ched is 16, and will be 17 in two months.

    1. Ched’s bro Mao had CKD and he made it to 16 and 1/2. Emma Peel made it to 20, to the day. August 20 1972-August 20 1992.

      1. You are doing so well! I am so happy for you and your humans.

        You cats really are just like people, but better.

        I will be so sad…

        When Cheddar…

        He was in the New England Vet Hospital for 2 days in 2010 with struvite crystals, but he’s been fine since that.

        I feed him Fancy Feast, beef, turkey, chicken

        Gerber’s baby food 2nd foods, Beef, Chicken, Turkey,

        Shreds, beef, chicken, turkey


        Him being here and nudging me awake to pet him has been very helpful in this marital estrangement. All pain seems less because he’s here with me.

  13. dood….stopping bye with best fishez, mice creem dishez, happee day wizhez ♫♫♪♪
    and lotz of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ heerz ta 19 mor; heerz ta N joyin yur day, heerz ta
    fish pie oh plentee heerz two a yeer a head filled with happeez N healtheez !!

  14. Happy birthday Clyde. Wishing you many more wonderful years.Good health,lots of love,plenty of soft napping spots, many special moments with your furson mom. God bless. From Louis and Elvis.

  15. Happy birthday ? Clyde! Thanks for that insight into a 19 year old cats day. Sounds like you know how to pace yourself. Wow, I wish to have your grace and demeanour if I reach that milestone. Lots o luv and whisker tickles from Mr. Jack and the Chirpies xx

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