Cool For Cats
Here's my other birthday boy, Basil Ratbone... Named after the great British actor, our little feline friend turns ten years old this month.
I always used to say that the cat I grew up with was the best cat ever, but Basil has now purred his way into my heart to claim that title. Mostly it's the way in which he has taken to the kids in recent years that has earned my appreciation. He loves them almost as much as they love him. He's always around the kids, playing with their toys, sleeping on their beds at night, or just sitting quietly at their side while they read or do homework.
Basil has taught my kids about patience, responsibility, and love for animals ("Except dogs!" says my son). He's mellowed a lot with age, going from a hyperactive young kitten who had to be medicated with anti-anxiety drugs to a seemingly wise and understanding grown-up cat who doesn't mind playing dress-up with my daughter.
So, Happy Birthday Basil! We'd bake you a cake, but I know you'd just throw it all up on the stairs, so have another scoop of Purina Sensitive Systems cat food and pretend it's a big juicy mouse.