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.