Shorty Turns 36!

36 years ago today, Shorty was born!

Ok, that’s in cat years, but you probably figured that out already. She was born September 24, 2010. In human years, that makes her 5 years old. 5! Where has the time gone? Oh, right, into over 200 YouTube videos!

I wasn’t a YouTuber back then, though, and I really wish I had taken more videos of her first coming home. She was so tiny at 2 months old, and her belly was still shaved from being spayed. (Yes, it is safe for kittens to be spayed and neutered at 2 months. For more info on spaying and neutering, check out this ASPCA article.)

Her belly wasn’t only shaved, it was big! Boy did she have an appetite (still does!). Wet food, dry food, didn’t matter. Combined with a piercing yowl and extremely playful nature, Shorty made for a fascinating little animal to watch right from the start. This is all evident in the first video I ever recorded of her, taken on her second day with us on November 25, 2010:

Why we adopted Shorty

And here’s some info I’ve never shared before: before we went to the Toronto Humane Society, Bryan said he actually wanted to find a black cat to adopt specifically. His reason? “Their hair doesn’t show up as much on clothes.” And you know what? He’s right! Until Kodi came around, Shorty’s hair just blended in with dark clothing and was barely noticeable on light clothing. With Kodi’s white and black fur, we’re now hit on both fronts. So in case you needed another reason to save black cats from overcrowding shelters, there you go!

But it really didn’t matter what her colour was. Shorty was an adorable little kitten trying to figure things out as kittens do. Like, of course, that thing that kept following her everywhere:

By 2 1/2 months, she was starting to get a little more coordinated:

But not that coordinated:

She was also very curious, as all cats are, but she seemed to have this humanistic interest to figure things out. I’m anthropomorphizing for sure, but I think it’s her big eyes and the way she moves them that paints her as a little Pink Panther, a wry detective who never quite cracks the case.

One of my favourite early videos of hers that demonstrates this took place when I was in the bathtub. If you can endure the beautiful 70s pink and green-tiled bathroom, it’s worth a look:

Happy Birthday, Sho-Sho! You’ve given us and your followers so much joy and laughter We love you more than ever and are so thankful every day that you entered our lives.

18 thoughts on “Shorty Turns 36!

  1. Awwww that face in the last vid…..
    Happy Birthday Sho-Sho, hope you live as long as you can with your Humans 🙂
    love from the Netherlands!

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHORTY!! Youare a very fortunate kitty, and much loved by your hoomanz and the world.
    It is also my birthday today. I, however; am no longer 36!!!!
    Much love to you and yor brother, Kodi…
    ♥♥♥♥♥BLACK CATS RULE♥♥♥♥♥
    Jeannie B.

  3. Happy birthday to this cute little cutie pie!!! You are the most adorable and I love your little face <3 cheers a long and healthy life and many many birthdays!! Thank you for the cutest videos <3 <3 <3
    Hugs and kisses,

  4. i love all these videos, the last one is so funny with the shorty’s face : “but what do this human is a lot of water ? he’s mad ? i don’t understand ? meowwwwwwwwwww

  5. Awww, Shorty we share a birthday! You are so so fortunate to be loved and safe. Black cats ARE GOOD LUCK. What a wonderful medium for yor owners to educate the masses on what it means to be a cat owner. I will also continue to jump on my soapbox. If we are able to change the mind of a single person, we HAVE made a difference.
    Adopt, Rescue, Spay and Neuter
    we must be the voice for the ones who can’t speak

  6. Happy Birthday, Shorty!

    And thank you for so many delightful moments that I’ve enjoyed through your Facebook page. I never tire of seeing you and Kodi’s adorable shenanigans.

    I’d like to send you a birthday present — I recently invented and produced a pet comb that is proving to work particularly well on long-haired kitties. It’s called the CoatHook, and you can learn more about it and see it in action here:

    Please email to give me your mailing address, and I’ll send one out right away.

    Big birthday hugs,

    1. Hi Shorty,
      I hope you had a really nice birthday season and that you received and are enjoying your CoatHook present. Would you please take a minute when you have a chance to let me know if it made it to you? I’m new to international shipping, so I’m worried that it might have gotten lost. If you did receive it, I am receptive to your honest feedback about how it performs — or not…. (no expectations or strings attached in regard to an online performance review). I don’t mean to pester, but I’m also worried that my greeting card with a little “cattitude” might have bothered you — really hoping it didn’t… : /

  7. I have pictures of Rose & Pearl using the litterbox (at the same time) as kittens. About 3-4 months ago I stopped at a hotel in Chattanooga, after geting stuck (too long) in Atlanta
    (construction) traffic. As 12 year olds they fit in the litter box at the same time, too. They had to go so
    bad. Neither one was going to wait for the other to get in / get out. Sad, but funny.

  8. I agree with Jeannie: ADOPT. Spay/neuter.
    Rose & Pearl were animal shelter cuties. And they were spayed at 8 weeks old. Pearl still had stitches in her belly when she came home. They are miles away from shelter life now (12 hrs old – 64 in cat hrs). And they are FAMILY, not an inconvenience or disposable.
    FAMILY/ permanent.
    Happy (very belated) birthday Shorty. In your talking cat vid, it sounds like you are saying “Rob”!

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