Milly’s 18th Birthday Party

by Finn Frode, Copenhagen, Denmark

Sunday June 10th our Milly celebrated her 18th birthday. A special picnic was served in our garden for her and her lieutenants, Snow White (domestic Shorthair) and Rags (Somali).

Milly has been with our family for her entire life – ever since that first morning when I held her in the palm of my hand as a tiny newborn kitten. You can see more pictures of her at her own page or read the “exclusive interview” published here last year. Also you may enjoy this video of her Sunday morning ritual…

The inevitable is drawing nearer, but actually she seems to be doing much better this summer than for a very long time, so hopefully she still has some miles left in her. Her craving for our attention and special pampering is just as strong as it has always been – and despite physical frailties she is still the undisputed First Cat of the House.


This was to be her last birthday. Over a week her health had deteriorated badly and a blood test confirmed our fears – her kidneys had finally given in. So on August 22nd Milly left us aged 18 years, 2 months and 12 days. She enjoyed a happy and exceptionally long life, which she left with dignity, so actually she should be celebrated instead of mourned. Milly was a good cat and will forever live on in our family’s memory.

These are thumbnail photos. Click on them if you’d like to see a large format high quality picture and click here to see Milly on Finn Frode’s feline companions website.


7 thoughts on “Milly’s 18th Birthday Party”

  1. Thank you all for your kind comments and condolances about Milly. That final ride to the vet was not easy, but right to the end the other cats never took advantage of her frailties, but accepted her as the natural leader of their little group. It is comforting to know that she left us with all her dignity intact.

    And Marc: I’m so glad to hear the you have found the
    enclosure links on my site useful. There is so much inspiration to be found from just looking at pictures of all kinds of different solutions and I want to pass on that experience so that hopefully more cats can enjoy the safety of catios.
    I’ll be updating the page about our own enclosure soon, so stay tuned. Also I am hoping to put up a special page about “walking the cat” later.
    And this Sunday Rags will have been with us for a a year, so if I can get the input form working, I’ll share him with you here on POC. 🙂


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