Happy 5th Birthday Kizmet, and Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday to our 4th of July baby!

Today is a very special day. Not only is it America’s birthday, it’s also our Kizmet’s 5th birthday! I came upon Kizmet when he was about 5 months old in 2012. I saw him in an adoption cage at Pet Supermarket and it was love at first sight – I knew he belonged in our family, Dan wholeheartedly agreed, and the rest is history. From nearly the moment he came into our lives, he had the wise and kind temperament of an old soul. He’s also an odd duck and absolutely beats to the march of his own drum.

Look at this little face! Is it any wonder I fell in love with this precious boy?

For example – Zee, Zoey, Mia, Peanut, Rolz and Jazmine – no matter whether it’s breakfast, dinner, or an evening snack – you would think they’ve never been fed before. Ever. The theatrics are impressive – incessant and loud meowing, jumping up and down from the counter, and weaving underneath my legs while I prepare the food. All of them doing this in one noisy, crazed group, as if somehow it hastens the feeding process.

Kizmet stands by on the counter; reserved, polite, and quite cognizant he will get fed regardless of the show and doesn’t need to demonstrate his desire to eat. Actually, he’s so unmotivated by the act of eating sometimes I have to wander through the house to find him and bring him into the kitchen. It’s not that he doesn’t eat or won’t eat; he just prefers to live in his own little world. He’s also easily distracted – I sometimes think he has ADD, if there is such a thing for a cat, and I often have to stand next to him while he eats, prompting him to pay attention to his food, lest his lurker in wait, Jazmine, grabs his food.

Kizmet loves the kitchen counter. As a result, he believes it belongs exclusively to him!

In case it’s not clear, this is Kizmet’s space on the cat condo!

No big deal…we can just walk around you, Kizmet!


He’s also a very loving cat who enjoys being held (often jumping on Dan’s back for attention) but he’s also very territorial if the other cats inadvertently walk into his peripheral space. My counter. My cat condo. My floor. My humans. My air. But he’s never mean about it. No claws, no hissing, just a brief and courteous swat to let you know you best move on.

I love him dearly and he’s fiercely devoted to me. He showed his loyalty to me during the most extreme of times. When I lost my precious Jazz at the age of 15 in 2013 and Harley a mere year later, he was at my side like glue to comfort me. And every evening since then, it’s become a habit of his to come behind me on the couch, lay his head on mine, and wrap his paws around me like he’s hugging me.

There are not enough words to translate how much both Kizmet and I enjoy our couch time together.

He’s a sweet boy – he was the first to welcome Jazmine when she came on board as a kitten after we lost Jazz and they remain best buddies. We’re so blessed to have him as part of our family and I wish him many, many more happy birthday’s!

As stated, the kitchen counter belongs to Kizmet. Only exception, his beloved Jazmine… True love indeed.

Happy birthday as well to America! Have a fun and safe holiday everyone! And if you missed it, I shared some tips on how to reduce stress for cats on 4th of July – a holiday that can cause much undue stress and trauma on our dear feline friends. Please visit here.

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  1. Happy Purrday Kizmet, You sort of reminded Mommy of Socks, he never made a big deal out of eating and always waited patiently unlike the rest of us. Why Yang will even jump up in the food bowls when Mommy is carrying them. (Sigh) which usually results in us having to wait longer to eat as he creates a mess for the Mom to clean up.

  2. Sue Brandes says:

    Happy Birthday Kizmet. Have a fun filled day. Happy 4th of July.

  3. Ingrid King says:

    Happy Birthday, Kizmet, and Happy 4th of July!

  4. Ellen Pilch says:

    Happy Birthday Kizmet! You are a cutie. And happy 4th to you all.

  5. Happy birthday, Kizmet! You are definitely a part of the family! Happy 4th to all.

  6. Kitties Blue says:

    Happy Birthday, Kismet. What a sweet momma’s boy you are. Feeding time at your house sounds like ours, and Giulietta is like Kizmet and does not get involved in the craziness. Hope everyone has a safe and quiet holiday and that you get lots of extra love and treats today, Kizmet. .XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  7. Happy Birthday beautiful Kizmet. Wow are you colorful! Don’t forget to ask your human to check out our slideshow posted today and Sunday! Love P and P and Carol

  8. I remember when you adopted that handsome boy!!!! Can’t believe it has been five years!!!!!! Love the photo! Wishing you Happy Happy Birthday Kizmet!!! And…we wish you all a happy, safe and QUIET 4th!! xoxo

  9. Brian frum says:

    Happy Birthday from all of us Kizmet!!! Happy Independence Day, we hope it’s a quiet one in your neck of the woods.

  10. jmuhj says:

    Happiest of Purrthdays, Kizmet–and many, many more! What a sweet and unique little man he is. And thanks for sharing the suggestions on keeping cats safe, comfortable, and serene during the noise and chaos. Fortunately, fireworks are illegal in our city, except for the professional shows. Most people seem to comply with that.

  11. Happy birthday Kizmet! That is such a sweet photo of him with his paws around you on the couch.

  12. Happy Birthday, Kizmet! How nice that everybuddy celebrates your special day with fireworks and parties. Oh wait…that’s right…it’s the 4th of July too. A double celebration!

  13. Happy Purrs Day, Kizmet! We remember when you joined the family. You needed to find the one that would understand who you really are. So glad you’ve got a fur friend in Jazmine–we always associate you two like our Basil and Bella. Happy Furs Day too!

  14. Edie Chase says:

    Happy Birthday Kizmet!!!

  15. Happy Birthday Kizmet!!! Hope your day is absolutely purrfect!

  16. Happy Birthday, Kizmet! You’re such a sweet boy.

  17. Happy Birthday, Kizmet! We hope you had a super day!

    Happy Independence Day too!

    The Florida Furkids

  18. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    dood, sorree for de late wizhez but we due hope yur day total lee rocked !!

    sendin thoz happee day wizhez, mice creem dizhez, & de best oh fishez for
    a happee 5th …birthday …knot whizkey !!! heerz ta 50 mor and we hope ya
    got sum pizza pie & donutz ~~~~~ heerz two a yeer a head filled with happeez
    & healtheez !!


  19. meowmeowmans says:

    Sorry we’re late, but we hope you had a super special birthday, Kizmet. You are an amazing kitty!

  20. Don’t know how I missed this post, but wishing Kizmet a happy belated birthday! He seems like a wonderful friend!