A Rare Appearance from Smooch the Cat

Smooch the Cat, 5 December 2017
By Val
@valmnz (13162)
New Zealand
December 4, 2017 10:46pm CST
In his younger days Smooch the Cat was more obliging, happy to pose for photo shots I could use online. For a while there he was quite a star on the various sites I've frequented in the past. Now he's feeling his age. We're not sure how old he is, but we estimate it about 17. Not bad for an old cat. And now he's happier sleeping and being left alone. Except when there's a bird in sight. He still has hunting in his blood and brings home the occasional present to impress us. I tried taking a photo of Smooch today, especially for @LadyDuck as she has been a fan of Smooch for many years. But he wasn't at all interested. He's feeling the heat in our early New Zealand summer and just wanted to be left alone. But here he is, Smooch the Cat, making a rare appearance especially for any who remember him from days gone by.
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@LadyDuck (121798)
• Switzerland
5 Dec
Thank you Val for this beautiful photo. Smooch looks fine, he does not show his age, but he surely calmed down since his younger days. A big hug to both of you.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
This morning he made a late appearance for breakfast and I thought oh, no, how will I tell Anna if he is no longer! I'll try and bring him here more often
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@LadyDuck (121798)
• Switzerland
5 Dec
@valmnz Poor lovely Smooch, the day he will be no longer I will surely miss him. Animals are our best friends.
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• Philippines
5 Dec
He looks fine but kinda lonely. I hope he will get back to his normal mood.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
He's very old, and prefers to be left alone. This was his sleeping time.
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• Philippines
5 Dec
@valmnz I wonder what could possibly be on his mind when he looks like as if he is on a deep thinking. Cute cat though!
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
@sw8sincere I think he was wishing I'd go away and leave him to sleep in peace
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@crossbones27 (15116)
• Redlands, California
5 Dec
Neat and always have a thing for animals, people who are low key like that. He sure sounds like a legend in his own right. This guy was my legend. Not quite low key like that, but indeed very down to earth like that. Was kind of mean, but was really a big softy once he warmed up to you. He is the one with the crrooked ear and was 13 and why the young female looks the way she does. She was scared of him because we just got her and he was unsure about her.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
That's such a lovely photo. You speak of him in the past tense?
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• Redlands, California
5 Dec
@valmnz Yeah he passed.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
@crossbones27 they're always in our hearts though, aren't they!
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@hereandthere (24138)
• Philippines
5 Dec
i smiled when i got to the part about birds. go smooch! i notice that cats prefer the soil when it's hot. some even climb into clay pots and curl around the plant.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
Yes, he gets cross with me when I water the garden!
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• Philippines
5 Dec
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@andriaperry (33070)
• Anniston, Alabama
5 Dec
Pretty cat!
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
Smooch says thank you.
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@sallypup (21879)
• Moses Lake, Washington
5 Dec
Smooch is a handsome fellow.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
He's always thought so
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@sallypup (21879)
• Moses Lake, Washington
5 Dec
@valmnz A cat with a good, strong ego is a healthy feline.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
@sallypup he knows how to get all the attention he needs. Hence his name Smooch!
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@allen0187 (27590)
• Philippines
5 Dec
Smooch still looks like a star.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
I'll pass that message on to him. I think he's concerned I expect him to come up with something newsworthy again!
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@allen0187 (27590)
• Philippines
9 Dec
@valmnz The demands of stardom... Smooch shoudl be used to it by now!
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@lady1993 (15625)
• Philippines
5 Dec
wow, he is quite old indeed. is that in actual years or cat years?
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
In actual years. We got him when he was about two or three.
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@JudyEv (100851)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec
That is a really good age for a cat. To me, he is starting to show his age but he is still lovely.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
He probably needs to have his teeth attended to, but the trauma of that would probably kill him now.
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5 Dec
So cutie, does she have a toy? She looks bored.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
He's not bored at all, just hot and very old and annoyed with me for creeping up on him while he sleeps.
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@ricki_911 (17166)
• Toronto, Ontario
5 Dec
My cats are half that age and wish to be left alonr napping
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
Cats just want to be cats!
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5 Dec
Hi, Smooch.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
And meow back to you. My Mum said it was time I appeared online again!
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5 Dec
@valmnz You are a nice cat. Be around with us.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
@TheInvisibleMan I just don't like my photo taken any more. I'm not as young as I used to be! But if my Mum has anything to do with it I'll make another appearance again soon. As long as she doesn't expect me to have adventures she can write about.
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@JolietJake (41264)
5 Dec
17 is very old for a cat. You have been lucky to have been graced with his presence for so long.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
Smooch thinks so too how old is Scar now?
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@JolietJake (41264)
5 Dec
@valmnz He's only about 2 /12
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
@JolietJake ah, just a naughty teenager then what fun.
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@nanette64 (13735)
• Fairfield, Texas
5 Dec
Time to give Smooch a special treat @valmnz .
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
He certainly loves his treats.
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@nanette64 (13735)
• Fairfield, Texas
5 Dec
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@allknowing (55750)
• India
6 Dec
He does not look 17 at all - still has that 'wooing' appearance.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
He does seem to win a lot of hearts
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@snowy22315 (34196)
• United States
5 Dec
When they get older like that, they are mostly content to watch the world go by. My cat is 8 and has gotten a bit crochety..I can't wait until he is 18...not! Hopefully he will sleep alot..
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
He's not accustomed to the heat we're having, either. Poor old man!
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@Kandae11 (26928)
5 Dec
He looks pretty good for 17. A lovely cat in a pensive mood.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
He can still catch the occasional mouse & bird and go over the six foot fence when he goes after them! Doesn't jump in through windows as easily now though.
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• United States
5 Dec
He's so cute. I love the white paws and the way the stripes start higher on his legs. Am I turning into a cat lover?
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
Of course you're turning into a cat lover. I had a magnet once that said people who don't like cats were mice in previous lives.
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@MALUSE (32762)
• Denmark
5 Dec
So the cat is now an old age pensioner!
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
Like his mum and dad
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@peachpurple (10995)
• Malaysia
5 Dec
Is he a stray cat or yours ?
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
Definitely ours!!!! Or should I say we're his?
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