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Venerable French Cat ‘Clochette’ — 17 Comments

  1. I loved reading about Clochette and seeing the pictures thanks Marc, such a beautiful little cat.

  2. Thanks for a beautiful story Marc. What an exceptional life for a cat! She looks like a very small cat.
    And, of course she likes you. Cats know instinctively who adores their kind. Great pictures of a day in a life of an extraordinary cat.

    • Yes, cats do know who is safe and friendly. She is a bit small but I wonder if American cats are bigger than French cats? The average weight of European cats is probably about 8-12 pounds but in America that seems to go up to about 15+ pounds. These are my assessments based on a poll PoC has run for years.

      • I agree pretty much, and if you research in my garden, you will find equal numbers of huge and petite. Bigfoot weighs under 9 pounds, as does Yellow cat. Shadow probably weighs in at 18 pounds, and Marvin sweet Marvin now 20 pounds. I hope he loses weight now that it is warming up. It hasn’t hampered his speed or agility.

        • Thanks for that quick response dw. I think on average USA cats are bigger than European cats and I don’t mean that more USA cats are overweight. I mean bigger. This is probably because of a different diet over 400 years or perhaps there is a connection with the early cats imported from England that were larger than average.

          • Monty’s extra weight hasn’t hampered his speed or agility either. A friend was surprised that my “fat cat”caught a bird last week. Monty’s somewhere between 11 and 12 pounds. I haven’t weighed him lately.

            I was impressed that the elderly cat in the photos didn’t look overly thin. My sister’s cat Kobe is 14 and he seems to be getting quite thin. He still can perform leaps that amaze me though. Once my sister saw him preparing to leap from the sofa to the top of his cat tree. She said to him, “You won’t be able to do that, Kobe.” As if to prove her wrong, he did it. Though still agile he sleeps a lot more than Monty. My pastor said that after about age seven a cat “turns into a rug” because he just seems to want to sleep a lot more. Prior to that they are more like Monty, who sometimes seems like the cat who never sleeps. He is now actually taking naps during the day. For the first two years of his life I can’t recall him ever doing that. He would lie down, but he was awake.

            • I was impressed that the elderly cat in the photos didn’t look overly thin

              I agree. That is a good point because, as you infer, old cats can become thin and frail. Clochette still has some robustness in her. I think she has a good life. It is a little bit like the life of a community cat in Morocco.

  3. Just for the record, I wrote the title to the article. I’ll tell you why I chose the word “venerable”. It indicates respect, charm and something precious.

    “Old”, “geriatric” and using numbers for age (for technical reasons) are less good in my opinion. I hope that helps.

  4. Excellent true life story of cat Clochette that has made the restaurant its home irrespective of the change in human owners of the restaurant.23 years is an excellent age at which Clochette seems still young in the photos.Wishing Clochette a long cat life.

  5. Well, I am in love 😉 God, I love old cats…LOL. It must be because I’m old. Heavens. This is not good.

    Loved reading about Clochette. The pictures and words really convey the place and the cat. They transport me to Nice et La France.

    If you want me to change something just say. Within the constraints of the internet, four pictures of this size are about the limit.

    • It’s all perfect Michael thank you 🙂 I also like older cats. She’s a great cat and the oldest one I know I assume.

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