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1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

My best Christmas present ever!

My best Christmas present ever? Our beautiful old man cat Dagi (which is short for Adagio) of course. It is his birthday today. He made it to 15 years old! When we got him, our vet warned us that these kind of cats are wonderful characters but do not get old. We had him on a special diet food from 6 months old so he told us he was getting the best from a young age but still we expected to loose him between the ages of 6 to 8 years old. These cats simply have an ultra sensitive digestive system.

He has not been well but is showing us daily that he is happy regardless. Jos read up on old cats with eating problems and discovered that meat is the best for them to digest. So we gave it a try. I know he loves chicken and turkey. I bought him some chicken lunch meat. He LOVES it and has actually been getting ever so slightly stronger on it. He keeps it down well too.

He is old and has trouble jumping up and sleeps so deeply most of the day but he also still loves to hold a conversation with me regularly. This month was my quilt group's yearly Christmas party and you can see Dagi sitting in the middle of the busy group group of quilters listening intently. He is sitting next to a very dear friend Enny.

Happy birthday to my dear Dagi! We are so happy you made it to this wonderful old age. You are a sweet and dear companion to Jos and I!

It is Christmas Eve tomorrow so I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! May your Christmas be a happy time together with the one(s) you love dearest.



  1. Happy Birthday Dagi, I am so happy to hear you are eating Chicken and staying a little stronger. I don't want to be any where near or talking to your owners when you have to leave them. It will not be a good day.
    You look pretty regal sitting on that chair in the middle of the quilt group.
    Merry Christmas Heidi and Jos too.
    Love you, Mom

  2. Merry, Merry Christmas dear Heidi and Jos.

  3. Happy Birthday, Dagi. I feel like I know you. Heidi, I am so glad he has made it this far. I was a little worried earlier in the year. What a great Christmas gift! And, Merry Christmas to you all!!!! Please take care--Hugs from across the way, Amy.

  4. Happy Birthday Dagi!

    Heidi, what type of cat is he that he wasn't supposed to live a long life? I'm glad to hear that he proved your vet wrong!

  5. Merry Christmas Heidi and a very Happy Birthday to Dagi!

  6. Merry Christmas to you and Jos. And a very happy birthday to Dagi.

    I do hope you are feeling better to Heidi.
    blessings, jill

  7. Merry Christmas greetings Heidi to you and Jos and a Happy Birthday to Dagi. I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to seeing more in 2013. Thank you for reading mine and all your lovely comments. Happy New Year.
    Patricia x

  8. Merry Christmas Heidi! So glad to see the Dagi is having a birthday. I know how much he means to you and Jos. Have a wonderful holiday!

  9. Merry Christmas to you and your's too! How wonderful that you've had your dear cat so many years. Happy Birthday Dagi!

  10. Aww, Happy Birthdy, Dear Dagi.
    Merry Christmas to you Heidi! Wishing you blessings for the New Year.

  11. Happy Birthday Dagi! What a wonderful milestone for you and a joy for your mommy and daddy! Patchie sends a big hug too...grins...she hasn,t been well either and low and behold she loves chicken and turkey as well! What a blessing you have been to your family! Merry Christmas Heidi! May you and Jos have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year! Hugs from CA.

  12. Wat fijn dat het wat beter gaat met Dagi, laten we hopen volgend jaar ook voor hem een goed jaar wordt.
    Geniet van de kerstdagen!!!!

    Liefs en een dikke hug, Bep.

  13. Merry Christmas Heidi! & Happy Birthday to your sweet boy.

  14. Happy Birthday Dagi!! You are indeed purr-fect just as you are!!

    Merry Christmas Heidi and Jos!

  15. Dagi is such a beautiful cat. What breed is he? You said that your vet remarked that these kind of cats usually do not grow old. With him loving chicken, instead of giving him lunch meat which has a lot of sodium and preservatives in it, why not give him fresh, plain chicken that you've cooked?

    Hope you and Jos had a wonderful Christmas!

  16. Happy Birthday, dear Dagi!

    Heidi--I just bought Violet (age 16) a heating pad and tucked it under a towel. She LOVES it. She immediately began kneading and rolling all over it, purring loudly. I placed it next to my pillow where she sleeps at night. Low carpeted kitty perches on either side of the high bed allow her to get up & down easily.

    Thanks for the tip about older cats and a meat diet.

    I heard a fun "fact" on the radio this week. In Denmark, it is said that only cats can see elves.

    Happy Holidays to all of you,
    Andrea in Calif


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