Leap Year Cat Love

Every four years we have a leap year on February 29. Today we’re celebrating leap year cat love. Well, actually I’m just happy to get to the end of the month. Woo hoo, can you believe all the snow is gone and it was warm enough to sit outside yesterday? I’m more wobbly-legged than ever but what bliss to sniff fresh greenery which means I survived my 21st WINTER! The snowdrops and a few crocuses have popped up and March is coming in like a lamb. mondays _with_merlin_cat

After my first walkabout in weeks, I enjoyed a long overdue bath. What can I say, I can’t groom myself the same way anymore and it’s not a bath but a hand-held shower in the tub bath. The warm water feels so good and then I get towelled off and sit in front of a space heater to dry.  Did you know old cats lose more whiskers and they don’t grow back as fast? Mine are very short now and yet they still do their job detecting air currents and objects to navigate space. All the more critical if blind like me. My mom says I still look so handsome.

Oh, how I love my clean, soft, furs and wish my old meezer gal pal Nellie could nuzzle me. She is a spring chicken of 17 but still beautiful. She stopped blogging for awhile but she’s back! The sauciest Siamese is at Nellie on The Edge. And she’s Canadian like me. Who knows, maybe she’ll ask me to marry her. After all, today is the day ladies can ask men to marry them.


And we all know one cat leads to another so forget any romantic notions. Love is grand but unwanted kittens are not.


It’s a silly dream to think of romance at my age and the end of the day, my heart belong to mom. What can I can say? I’m a proud momma’s boy. And I won’t be doing any real leaping. Sigh, there was a time many moons ago when I could easily leap to the top of a six foot fence. However, I never did it for tricks or treats like some trained cats.



While researching about the leap year we found a video about leaping cats at a monastery in Burma.  Life is an adventure and enjoy a little trip down this river (fast forward if you’re impatient) to see the trained cats leap through hoops. It’s interesting to see their training technique. Cats perform or not according to their mood.

Will you be doing anything special this leap year?


41 thoughts on “Leap Year Cat Love”

  1. Oh my mouses I love that picture! BEAUTIFUL.

    I didn’t realize Nellie was back blogging. Must check that out.

    Glad to hear you had some walkabout time, outdoors. My sister Connie hasn’t been well but last Thursday it was warmer here than anywhere else in Canada and Connie went outside for the first time since last year, before she broke her leg. She loved it! Afterwards, she took a super long nap. Wore herself out, I guess.


  2. merlin…conga ratz two ewe dood….we iz buzzed happee for ewe & nellie; if ya wantz uz ta caturr de receptshunz, let uz noe, we will start a fishin & a freezin em two day ♥♥♥

  3. Merlin you and Nellie will be the coolest couple ever. Hope the wedding is fast so we can all party with you. I still bathe myself but your warm shower sounds sort of nice, especially the drying off part. Paw pats , Savannah

  4. Oh Merlin!!! Of course mes will asks yous to Marry me!!!
    Please Marry me Merlin. Yous is the Siamese Man Cat of my heart.
    Mes has never been married…
    Your Nellie Bellie
    Can mes keeps my other Man Cat Furrends? oh yes…and Speedy the Bunny? As my hero says, “I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing.”

    1. My Nellie, dear. Are you sure you’ve never been married before? Not that it matters. You can keep all you friends since you’re a social butterfly and many are my friends too. So my answer is Yes! We’re too old for long engagements, how soon do you want a wedding?

  5. Merlin your Mom’s love is steadfast. I mean Nellie is awfully pretty, and a mancat such as yourself is handsome as well, but honestly, who would you rather curl up to? 🙂
    Stay a Momma’s boy forever.

    *hugs* dear Merlin.

  6. dood….ewe better knot let ewe noe who { odin } heer de mommaz boy ree mark…. ask him why….him will tell ya !!! glad ya getted ta get out doorz thiz wwek oh end & N joy sum fresh ….we did two…..thru de windowz onlee tho…yesterday…..happee week a head two ewe N de crew ♥♥

  7. Merlin, you are really amazing kitty! Maybe Nellie is planning to ask you to marry her 🙂 I love that image of kitties saying I do S & N. Enjoy warmer weather and have a wonderful new week!

  8. Loved watching the training session. Merlin is an amazing kitty. We know how happy you are to still have him in your life. Mau is hoping Allie will ask him to marry her. So happy Nellie has returned. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  9. Hi Merlin my friend! It sounds like that bath you get from time to time is sooooothing on the old bones and muscles as well as just plain good for you! I’m glad you and Mom Layla have those special times together. You depend on her and she’s always there. What a GREAT way to spend your twilight years……I’m a major Momma’s Boy too and proud of it!

    Hugs, Sammy

  10. Merlin, you’re always such a joy. I would have loved to see you jump 6-foot high fences.

    Wow, incredible leaping cats. Mao and Ched are a bit too heavy, but great idea.

    I asked Ched if he would marry me and he accepted. I will ask Kristina to ask Mao.

  11. Merlin our dear friend, we wish you and Nellie lots of love to share. It is good to have someone to share that special love with no matter your age. We hope that the winter will soon pass and that we have a real spring like we did last year. We love that.
    We must spay and neuter like a religion!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo & the Angels >^..^^..^<~

  12. My human has a hoop she is training me and Binga to jump through every now and again. She thought the Burma human was a little harsh with the way she was making her cats jump. She’d never hit us with the hoop like that.

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