Merlin The Cat Turns 19!

We’re in the mood to celebrate! October is Merlin’s favorite month because it’s his birthday and this year it’s a BIG one. With 19 candles, he’ll need a whole kitty crew to help blow them out! Care to help?

Before we begin, we have news and lots of giveaway winners and bonus extras. With so many winners, we’ll be contacting you this week via email, so look for one from Layla from info@catwisdom101, ‘kay? We’ve been beyond crazy busy and need to take the next few days off to meet other writing deadlines and cat consults. Look for an eye-opening guest post tomorrow. Our Friday Art Photo Quote Newsletter will be delivered to subscribers as usual. There will be a funny, cat-related post at our other blog, Boomer Muse on Friday and some stuff on Facebook.


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Our good friend Sammy from One Spoiled Cat sent his birthday wishes…

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Merlin’s friend Nellie, a fellow Siamese and Canadian, sent the purrfect card for our Libra boy. His birthday wish is for a big smoochie from her. That and world peace.

Now that my old boy is a senior senior kitty, I’m feeling nostalgic. It was love at first sight when we met. The photo (below) was taken just before we met, by the woman who could no longer take care for him. Those wise eyes seemed to know his destiny lay elsewhere. How could anyone resist those huge, blue eyes? I know I couldn’t.siamese-kitten-merlin

He’s always had a remarkable sense of timing and he and his sister, Angel Coco, arrived at their forever home the day before their birthday. Siamese cats are snowy white as kittens, their coats growing darker as the years go by. And the years have drifted by at alarming speed. When I find myself lamenting the past, Merlin keeps me, with his infinite wisdom, grounded in the here and now. Thank-you dear friends for being here now.

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57 thoughts on “Merlin The Cat Turns 19!”

  1. Thanks for your fantastic write-up! I definitely appreciated reading it.I’ll be sure to take note of the website and definitely will return very soon. I would like to suggest that you continue your good work, perhaps think about canon printer and scanner too, have a great evening!

  2. HAPPY Belated Birthday Merlin I was owned by a siamese cat for almost 20 years- your breed left pawprints on my heart 🙂

  3. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MERLIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Guess what? With your latest changes we are no longer receiving your blog……..we feel AWFUL that e weren’t here for the ACTUAL birthday!!
    Merlin you are one special and much loved kitty!

  4. Happy 19th Birthday Merlin!!!!! We hope you enjoy your day. Birthday hugs, headbutts and purrs. Love Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S.) and our Mom Judy

  5. Happy Birthday Dear Merlin! And many more…I’z got my jazz paws going for ya bigtime and hope your B-Day was awesome! I’d like a piece of that catnip cake please!

  6. Oh,’ve reached the ripe, wise old age of 19..yet, they tell me 19 is the new you have many more years to go, my furriend!!

    Happy Birthday and we’ll be happy to help blow out your candles and to make your wish–whatever it may be–come true 🙂

    Your pals,
    Tinker, Anastasia, Chopin, Angel Tom xx

  7. Happy birthday Merlin! We’re sure your mom has a great day planned for you. You are only as old as your heart feels, and we are sure yours is a young heart. Best wishes and many happy returns!

    The TwinkletoeTails kitties & the mom

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MERLIN!!! We wish for you the bestest,brightest,funnest,warmest,sunnyest,happyest day everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
    We love you soooooooooooo much and we are so glad to be able to celebrate yet another special day with you.
    Happy Purrday!
    Luvs Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang >^..^< (******) (kitty kisses from each one of us)

  9. Happy Birthday MERLIN!!
    You are so wise and strong,
    I Love and respect you and can’t
    wait to wish you Happy 20th !!!!!

  10. Happy Birthday, Merlin! We’re so glad you made it! But we never had any doubt–we grew up with a bunch of cats around your age and we know how tough you are. We’ll bet you’ll see 20!

  11. Happy Birthday Merlin! Only very special kitties make it to 19 years old! Hope to be wishing you happy birthday for many years to come! 🙂

  12. Purrs, blessings, and love for a wonderful birth filled with LOTS of catnip cake and sunbeams on the porch.

  13. Merlin a very happy purrday to you! 19 is reserved for only a few select cats and we are so glad to be able to help you celebrate this special one. We love your quote and it is one of our favorites. Our Mom has learned that it’s the moments that matter. We all hope you continue to enjoy your wonderful magical garden and just for today, just for now, we hope the day is beautiful, warm and filled with bright sunshine for you to feel and hear and sniff. Enjoy your moment Merlin.
    Love and kitty kisses
    *angel abby*

  14. Happy birthday Merlin! October is my Kallie’s birthday month too but she’s only turning 4. Hope you get spoiled rotten!

  15. Merlin I’m so happy that you are here for the 19th year of what I hope is a WAY LONGER life…..your baby picture is so beautiful – you were super handsome as a little guy and are a most handsome and wise guy to this day. I hope today is a most special birthday for you. I’m sure your brothers and Mom Layla have special surprises for you all day long. Thank you for being my friend and showing all of us that life is what we make it and it doesn’t take “eyes” to see love.

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy (and his Mom!)

  16. Wow!! Happy Birthday, Merlin!! Wishing you many, many more sweetheart. I love you Layla and Catwisdom 101!!!

    Your FUR Ever friend, Amy ミ☆

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  17. Dearest Merlin,
    You’re always very special
    And you should know today
    That you are wished the nicest things
    That life can bring your way
    Like warm and loving wishes
    And happiness and cheer
    And everything you need to start
    Another happy year

  18. Nineteen, huh? That’s pretty amazin’, I should think. Nineteen… WOW!

    You’re a Libra, Merlin? So is my first peep! Neat, huh?

    But on the important stuff…. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May your day be filled with love & cuddles and treats & nip. Lots & LOTS of the nip!


  19. Happy Birthday Merlin! Have a wonderful day and the biggest mouse-cake ever! It seems that the spam-gremlin ate the card, I sent to you. But anyway, clebrate today with a lot meow-guaritas and a mountain of cat nip!

  20. DOOD !!!!!!! knot onlee will we help ewe blow out de can dullz, we will help ewe sell a brate….a most happee day two ya buddy, best fishes, mice creem dishes and heerz ta another 19…..we hope yur day iz rockin awesum fun, ENJOY~~~ eat plentee oh sea bass, shrimp, sardeenz, herring, salmon, flounder, donuts, cake, toona, trout, ham samiches, fries, noe burd, pizza pies, steaks, burgerz, hot dawgs, sghetti, piez…pumpkin…we hope ya getz a new cat tree witha full lee stocked fridge attached N may St Francis send yur social seCATity chek two ewe coz we dont think de govern mint will ~~~


  21. Happy birthday, Merlin! Reaching 19 is amazing for a kitty–you have great genes and terrific care!

    We’re wishing you the best of birthdays!

  22. Happy birthday to you Merlin,our friend Sammy at onespoiledcat told us it was a special day and we agree!! we had a Merlin who is no longer with us but the name always belongs to special boys 🙂 Happy 19th and continued goo health Hugs Fozziemum and gang xx

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