Happy 5th Birthday to Mia, Peanut, and Rolz!

by Deb at 4:00 AM • Wordless Wednesday39 Comments

ZeeZoey Kittens5BD Really? 5 years have gone by since the day that Zoey woke me up at 5:00 in the morning to let me know she was in labor and wanted me to be with her when she gave birth to four of the most perfectly formed and beautiful kittens I had ever seen. 5 years later, time rife with both good and bad, little Mia, Peanut, and Rolz have been a part of it each and every day and I couldn’t love them more.

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Zoey with her kittens literally minutes after they were born. For any of you that want to read more about my special experience I shared with Zoey when she gave birth to her kittens as well as what it was like to help her raise these darling babies, I invite you to check out the book I wrote, “The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary,” for full details.

So much has happened in those 5 years – Zeuss Catt, one of the four kittens, found his furever home in Boston, Mr. Jazz crossed to the Bridge, and we adopted our newest feline family member – Kizmet. I wrote a book, became a blogger, and participated in my first protest – a coordinated event in Orlando with Alley Cat Allies to save the outdoor Loews cats. I am part of the non-profit, Pawsitively Humane and I was awarded the title of Writer of the Year by Friskies Purina at the Cat Writer’s Conference. All because of a family of kittens that stole my heart and made me a better person.

Five years makes a difference in a cat too. No longer the rambunctious and relatively “hands-off” kittens that they used to be, they have mellowed with age and have become decidedly more affectionate, clingy, and needy with Dan and I. Rolz who used to melt into a pile of liquid if you dared try to pet him now spends his nights tucked in-between Dan and I in bed, nuzzling his head against our hands so we can pet him. He also lies with us at the end of the day when we convene to the couch and is quite content to be a part of the family, rather than watching it from afar like he used to.

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Rolz says smile for the camera!

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Rolz as he typically is – handsome, subdued, and gentle…

Darling Mia who has never known anything but the love, comfort, and security of our home almost seemed semi-feral at one point. She shied away from attention and would look at you, wide-eyed in fear if you tried to pet her. Not that she didn’t love or trust us, she did. It’s just that petting and snuggling was not her thing. Now, she is a happy-go-lucky little cat who chirps and talks all day long, asking for you to pet her as she rubs her body against your legs when you walk by. She is also the same cat that insists on sitting on top of my head every morning after I get out of the shower (in case you missed that one, please be sure to check out this fun post I did describing it on Catster.)

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Sure… Mia is 5 years old. But is she 5 years old and 2 hours? Or is she 5 years, 2 hours and 10 minutes old… I’ll never tell…

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Mia in all her stunning glory with her beautiful swirled fur coat and big eyes…

Peanut, well, Peanut has remained Peanut throughout her 5 years, the only difference, she is more affectionate, clingy, and needy than before, if that is possible! Peanut does not have a mean bone in her sweet little body and if she could nap on your lap all day, she would. She is our dinner bell cat and will come to me and gently remind me with her paw as she taps my face that it is time for me to break away from  the computer to come and serve them dinner.

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Okay… enough with the love and kind wishes says Peanut. I need presents or someone is going to have to get hurt!

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Classic Peanut – sweet as can be and always looking for love and hugs!

I love who they have become, yet in some ways it is bittersweet. My darling babies are not kittens anymore and they are getting too old, too fast. Sigh… In any event, I love you my sweet babies and I thank you for each moment I have with you.  Happy Birthday and here’s to many, many more!

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The gang together… Looks like they have one more thing to say…

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Hey Zeuss! Even though you’re miles away, we miss you and want to wish you a Happy Birthday!!

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  1. Happy Birthday Mia, Peanut, Rolz and Zeuss! We hope Zeuss stays warm!

    The Florida Furkids

  2. Maggie says:

    Wishing you all many more happy healthy snuggly birthdays!
    What a remarkably beautiful family.

  3. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, to the 3 or you and to your brother across the miles.

  4. Happy birthday you beautiful Aquarian kitties! Five is such a wonderful age and yes, they grow up too fast!

  5. Flynn says:

    Happy Birthday Mia, Peanut and Rolz, and of course Zeuss too.

  6. Happy Birthday, Mia, Peanut and Rolz! We hope you’re having a treat-filled day!!

  7. Happy fifth birthday! We haven’t known you that whole time, but it’s plain that you’ve had quite a ride as a result of making your peep smitten with you. That just goes to show the power of what cats can do!

  8. Ms. Phoebe's Mom says:

    Happy Birthday babies! I hope your day was wonderful and full of love from your parents: feline and human! Zuess Cat is quite the dude and I hope his humans worshiped him accordingly on his special day too!

  9. Cathy Keisha says:

    Happy Birthday guys! Gotta love Peanut always ready to bite. MOL! Hope you got loads of prezzies.

  10. Kitties Blue says:

    Happy Birthday Gang. You are all so adorable, but that photo of Peanut asking for presents really cracks us up. We have wondered and will ask here: Why did Zeuss end up going to Boston to live? Kittens are great and they do grow up way too quickly, but Mom says that she likes it best when we kitties become adults and develop our own unique personalities which all of you have done. Best wishes for many, many more birthdays. Hope you did get some great presents and oodles of treats. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

    • Deb says:

      Hi Kitties Blue! Thanks for stopping by and sharing birthday wishes for Mia, Peanut, Rolz, and Zeuss. Regarding your question about Zeuss – for the full account, you will have to get our book one day where you can read about it in detail, but the short version is this: My step-daughter, Crystal, lives in Boston and she had been involved in a long-term relationship with a man, Sean, who happens to love cats. He had a cat for years that had passed away and he was heartbroken. When he found out Zoey would be having kittens, he felt the time was right in his heart and home to adopt another cat. We kept them in the loop of Zoey’s pregnancy and birth of the kittens and they picked Zeuss out of the litter and came from Boston for the Easter holiday to bring him back home on a plane with them to live at Sean’s house.

      Crystal has since parted ways with Sean and Zeuss remains in the care of him. He is doted on hand and paw and is extremely happy and well loved. We are very blessed that we get to remain a part of Zeuss’s life – we get pictures and mail all the time from him!

      As a side note, Dan and I originally were only going to keep Mia and Rolz and find a home for Peanut as well. But, we fell so head over heels in love with her, we kept her too!

  11. meowmeowmans says:

    Happy birthday, Mia, Peanut and Rolz! And to Zeuss, too. Wishing you all a year chock full of all the things you love most!

  12. CB says:

    HA!! Happy Birthday!!!

  13. Brooke Nesbitt says:

    What a sweet article! Happy birthday, sweet kitties! You’re all still very young, ya know?!

  14. Happy Birthday, you dear sweet cats!
    May you have many, many more!

  15. Happy Belated Birthday Wishes!!!
    The Big 5!!! So many wonderful memories…there’s so much love in your family. You are truly blessed.

    ….oh my, the photo of Mia with her tail over her nose is ADORABLE!!!!!

    (((hugs & purrs)))
    ~Glogirly, Katie & Waffles

  16. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you all!!
    Wow, all of 5 years old? You guys are growing into big mancats and girlcats!

    (Faraday’s laughing because Allie’s OLDER than you and he looooves that)