Walter Goes to the Vet

Today I learned something new and surprising about my cat, Walter.

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that I got Walter as a pet for Biddy. I’ve had Biddy since he was a kitten–he was born in February 2007. In January 2012 I decided that Biddy might be happier if he had a cat friend to hang out with when I was at work, so I picked Walter out of a local shelter.

At the time, I was under the impression that Walter was around 1 or 2, making him significantly younger than Biddy. So it was much to my surprise today when I took a closer look at Walter’s adoption papers and saw that his birthday was listed as November 9, 2006!

Riveting, I know. The plot thickens, though. I took Walter to the vet today, and they listed his birthday in October 2011. I’m not sure where they got that–how do you tell a cat’s age? Is it polite to ask?–but now his age is officially listed as almost 3 and/or almost 8. Very odd.

I also learned that it’s totally fine for me to get Walter professionally groomed. Walter’s a long-hair cat, so he sheds all over the place. If you have any requests for how he should be groomed (i.e., like a lion), feel free to post suggestions below. Most likely I’ll just have them take off a few inches–I want to leave him with his dignity intact.

Walter at the vet.

Walter at the vet.