January 21, 2013

Norman- my 25 year old cat.

When I was 3 years old my mom got this cat.


He was as cute as he was mean.  He lived at my mom's art studio and when you came in he would hide behind shelves and then jump out at you last second and attack. We named him Norman.

The older he got the more ornery he got.  If you tried to kiss him he did this...

That's my mama.
He was moody... and entertaining. 


Somehow I taught Norman to bite you on the nose if you got in his face.  It was a pretty fun past time.  I often told friends to give him a kiss on the face just to watch them get nipped on the nose.  It was mean... but hilarious.

As an adult cat he developed an odd problem in his tail... he would attack it.  Not chase it, not play with it... chew it raw.  My mom (being a devoted and loyal animal owner) took him to a university hours away to have him treated.  Eventually the problem stopped.

Then, he lived another year... and another year... and a-n-o-t-h-e-r year.  He is now 25 years old.


(and the reader gasps.)

Those "scales" aren't due to neglect... they're simply an inevitable byproduct of being ancient.  He walks with a sideways stiff limp... he announces himself at the front door whenever he wants to come inside... and he has his very own heated home in the garage that he can retreat to if he wishes... Anyone who has ever met Norman doesn't forget him.  He is from the ice age.  He represents a different era.  He is officially 117 in human years.  Not kidding.  Just ask calculatorcat.com.  To my friends who love their cats, he represents a beautiful future... to my friends who aren't crazy fond of their feline friends... he represents a depressing next few decades.  For me, he's a legend.  Cheers to you Norman and may you live to see another year pass!


 We're rooting for ya.

mae

15 comments:

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

Wow! 25! I love him. :)

Stacie@hometownperch said...

Oh no! My cat is 17 and has always been mean. I've said for the last three years--"I think this is her last". I don't know if I can handle another 8 years. (hahaha) I didn't know it was possible.

Gentri said...

Oh my goodness!! That is crazy! He seems like a great member of your family. :) I thought my cat (who has passed on) was old at 15!

Jessica said...

wow!! 25 is really old for a cat. glad that he is still loved even after all of those years!! Maybe he could make it into the Guinness book of world records for the oldest cat!

Sarah said...

Wow that's crazy!

Jodi said...

Seriously!? 25! Wow I never knew a cat could live that long.

chelsea beeswax said...

awwww. my childhood cat lived to be 17 and i thought -that- was old! cheers norman! ♥

Julie @ The Smitten Mintons said...

This blows my mind! What an awesome cat! Those sassy ones are always my favorite :)

Courtney said...

Haha. I love this cat!

Sammantha B. said...

Oh my gosh, I'm in love. And I hate cats! LOL. Just amazing :)

xoxo,
samm @ dysfunctionaleverafter.com

Allyson Butler said...

My goodness...Norman sounds a lot like my Viviane. I think she'll outlive us all!

Brittany | Life of a Bama Girl said...

Out of curiosity I just googled the record (nerd alert) and Norman may have it beat! The record cat was born Oct. 31, 1989. So that would make him 23 years? Haha

Claire Kiefer said...

OMG 25 years old! He is a living legend!!! I've never heard of a cat living that long . . . amazing! This makes me especially happy since we recently adopted a stray kitten . . . here's hoping he has a life like Norman's! :)

Amanda E. said...

whoa 25 years! what's strange is that we have a cat named norman (he is almost 3) and he too is as cute as he is mean. I mean he's a super handsome fella, but boy that cat can be mean!!!

Amanda E. said...

oh PS - I think it's just the name. NORMAN, I mean it does sound like an old man cranky name right?

Sorry I'm super catching up on all your post. So behind! xoxo