Birthday wishes to my cat, Miley.

Miley’s birthday will be on 20th April and she will be 10 years old.

My cat Miley on my lap

This is her estimate birthday that Cats Protection League gave her when she originally arrived there. I adopted her back in May 2013, at 5 years old and she knew she found home after 5 minutes of being in my home.

I have mentioned Miley several times in my blog posts here and at a previous blog that I no longer write, so to some she is no stranger. Back at this blog, I talked about her in some ways many times than I thought I had, while researching old posts for this post. But where she actually appeared in some way in photos, are just these posts I share below.

Posts about Miley completely, or that have a photo of Miley somewhere in the post. 

Those that have seen cute photos of her lying back in my arms like a baby and other photos, find her adorable.
Those that have actually seen her lie back when they have come to my home, cannot believe what they are seeing and are memorised by her. Miley has given lots of love over the years and there is still endless love to give.

To say her background she was neglected by a past owner; kept in a kitchen cupboard with the door closed and with only a litter tray, so arrived at Cats Protection League (CPL) when someone who discovered her while visiting, thought she would have her, but apparently her cat was bullying her and so she brought her to CPL, Miley has never been short of giving, or wanting love. She is a BIG fuss pot and is never far away. At the beginning she was that clingy, I felt suffocated. I had to watch my step, because she was that close to me. Every time I sat down, she was there in seconds, shoving her face in mine. She still does this, but it has calmed down a lot and she can have time to herself, away from me while I am still in the house. I will never forget the first time she did this and I panicked, thinking something was wrong. But once I knew she was ok, I relaxed knowing she felt safe to be on her own and secure and actually feel confident to have time out for herself, on her own. I was happy to see this, knowing her confidence had grown.

The only thing Miley had to learn, was how to play. She did not have a clue and when I first tempted her to play with a piece of ribbon, she was shit scared and went straight to the security of her bed. But after watching from there for the next 5 minutes, her  instincts started coming out and before I knew it, she was playing with me for 10 minutes. I repeated this the next day and she knew straight away it was play time. Days later, when I introduced a new toy; a ball, she was shit scared again. When eventually her instincts took over, she was knocking it around the room and only stopped when it hit the skirting frame. Seeing her ears go back when this happened, I knew she did not like it, but with encouragement, I got her to keep playing and now it it’s like second nature. You would never think she had a problem about playing now, when you watch her.

Last year, on cooler summer nights, I noticed her age showing a bit more in her back legs, but she still behaved like a three-year old, regardless of her actual age.
This year, I see she is sleeping more, but she is bright as a button and happy at times. I was really worried at first when she did this, with her not touching her evening meal. But I threw her favourite treats around the room and when I seen her chase and eat them with the same enthusiasm, I knew I had noting to worry about. But the worry is sometimes there because of her behaviour being different to before. She seems to be up and down. I have her Feliway diffuser back on, as I think she is stressed from me being ill. Until the diffuser has been on long enough to see results, I shall also plan to use a Feliway spray, as this will give immediate results.

Her booster is due in May, so it will be mentioned when she has that and a full health check while there, if I have not ended up taking her in before.

3 thoughts on “Birthday wishes to my cat, Miley.

  1. I understand the worry and concern when your cat doesn’t behave in their usual way, when something doesn’t seem quite right. It’s sad seeing them age too, even though you’d probably never know it most of the time when they still have the cute look on their face & spring in their step when treats are brought out for them! 🙂

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    1. Yes. Miley is known to behave like a 3 year old, given her age.

      Miley having cuddles with me again, as I write this. Being a fuss pot. I am hoping I will see improvement by the weekend, otherwise it will be a trip to the vets Sunday. x

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