Happy Birthday, Professor! - The Dainty Squid

Happy Birthday, Professor!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today Professor Stingray turns two years old.  It's so hard to believe that it's been nearly two years since my mom found that sick little kitty in their driveway. Bringing this little stinker back to health and letting him adopt me was one of the best things to ever happen.
July 11th, 2010
It's actually kind of funny typing "Professor Stingray". I can't even remember the last time I called him that. Kevin and I are apparently really big on nicknames and I'm pretty sure this little guy has way more of them compared to the other three cats. He answers to any of the following - Peter Frankie, Ninny, Beep Beep, Parsnip, Butter Beans, Petar François, Beans, Pony, Ray Ray, Beanie Baby, Ninskin, Mini Pony, Fesser and my personal favorite - Hawk Snack (because that's probably what he would have been if we didn't rescue him. At my parents house we've seen the rooster be picked up by a hawk a few times!)
July 14th, 2010
 August 8th, 2010
Looking at his baby pictures is so much fun. It's so hard for me to believe that the kitty snuggled up to me right now is the same guy who we kept quarantined in the basement until we knew he didn't have anything contagious, whose eyes were so goopy we had to clean them so he could even open them, who I was worried was a long haired cat since he was so fluffy and who we actually named Anemone (Annie for short!) because we thought he was a girl at first.
January 17th, 2012 
Here is his birthday post from last year, it has all kinds of links to old posts featuring the little guy. Everything about last year's post is still the same - treat bandit, cute noises, etc. But if it was even possible at all, he's become an even better cuddler. I have never met a cat who wanted to be in my face more than him. He loves to rub his face on my chin, HARD. He's hops up in our bed every night and tries to knock my book out of my hand by slamming his head into it so I'll pay attention to him. And oddly enough, he loves to smell our breath. If he's nuzzling my chin while I'm talking he'll just stop dead in his tracks and try to push his way into my mouth. When you open your month and let out a deep breath he'll basically stick his whole head in there. It's a pretty hilarious sight.

Happy Birthday, Hawk Snack! I'm so happy to be your momma!
xoxo

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  1. eeeek! I just keeled over from cuteness overload :) Happy Birthday Fesser!

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  2. His eyes are incredible! Happy Birthday to him indeed!

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  3. Oh man that third picture down with his little pine cone tail is sooo cute!

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    1. Haaa! It totally is a little pine cone!

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  4. Happy Birthday Professor Stingray! I also have a special Siamese kitten I rescued. His story is so much like the Professor's... I, too thought my Siamese boy was a girl at first and he became so ill with a URI, the eye goop, etc. Now he's sweet, cuddly, and healthy!

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  5. Happy birthday to your little man! Great job for taking such good care of him.

    My cats also like to smell our breath, just not as fervently. My youngest does, however, like to eat all of the food we are eating, from cheeseburgers to green beans!

    P.S. Your new blog design looks lovely! I think this is a perfect color combo.

    - Lindsay

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  6. Happy 2nd Birthday, Professor Beanie Baby Parsnip Pony!

    xo
    cortnie

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  7. Oh, he's so adorable. He's grown so much!

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  8. Aww, these are the cutest pics! Especially of the two kitties - so funny! Loving the nicknames - keeping it real with 'Hawk Snack'. =) What an adorable little guy. Happy birthday, Profe!

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  9. Happy Birthday, Professor!

    I love your kitty posts, you get such great shots of them...

    and The Professor's personality is *very* Siamese... they're very needy kitties!!! LOL!

    Here's to many, many, many more birthdays!

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  10. Aw!! Happy birthday!! Great pics

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  11. What a cutiepie! :) That last picture is absolutely adorable. Happy bday pussycat!

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  12. Aw, this is so precious! What a cute little kitty :) I adopted my cat Zoe from the shelter, so instead of celebrating her birthday I celebrate her "Gotcha Day"—the day she came home with me :)

    http://viennawaitsblog.blogspot.com/

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  13. Happy birthday Professor! He is just too cute for words. :)

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  14. He is THE cutest, and super lucky that a lovely cat lady like you rescued him! Happy birthday, Professor!

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  15. Adorable baby, you are so lucky to have found each other! Wishing you both many more happy and healthy years!

    Sharleena xx

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  16. Happy birthday sweet kitty! He's stunning!!

    Rose Eva
    Silhouetted

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  17. I'm waiting to stop be a student so I get to have my own cat, but until then, I'm going to live my cat dreams through you.. keep these posts coming!! xx

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  18. So cute, and I love that you have a million names for him.
    Happy Birthday to such an adorable kitty!

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  19. Congratulations with the Professor. I can't believe that anyone would just leave him.

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  20. omg he was such a cute kitten! I wish I had seen what my Siamese, Caspian, looked like when he was little. Baby Siamese cats are so damn precious. Grats on another year with the cutie pie :)

    Lauren

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  21. Those baby pictures are way too cute!

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  22. Happy Birthday Ninny! He's so cute!

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  23. Aww yay! Happy Birthday little nugget! My Penny will be celebrating her 2nd birthday on July 4th! Well that's the date the shelter gave her as her birthday anyway. I wish I had the forsight to do birthday posts for my 4 kittens...I suppose I could start now!

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  24. He is so cute and pretty and it sounds like he has great character too :)

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  25. Happy Birthday to your kitty! I remember reading when you adopted him and can't believe he is two already! Happy Birthday from one cat lady to another! [Don't know what I would do without those furry guys!]

    www.zeeramblingsofacadlady.blogspot.com

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  26. Oh my gosh! Ohmygoshgoshgosh. Happy birthday, bebe!

    This post was so much cute, I almost cried. That second picture - I had to take a moment to control myself. He is the most precious little bitty thing ever. I love it. I have loved watching him grow! That's so sweet about him being such a snuggler...makes me want to squeeze my kitty right now!! Proffessor was so lucky to get you as a mommy...and is say you're lucky, too! Have fun celebrating :]

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  27. What a doll, cutest kitten award!! and he sounds like hes grown into such an entertaining cat! It's funny how many names you can come up with for an animal, and no matter what, they know you're talking to them by the tone in your voice. Pets are the best.

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  28. Aw, what a sweet story of rescuing him!
    Happy Birthday to your little buddy. He sure is a cute one ;)

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  29. Oh my gosh he's a cute kitty. That first photo looks so pitiful and heart-string-tugging!

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  30. i love how kitties change color as they get older, my mister enzo (who looked like the long lost brother of one of your kitties) went from being almost all whitish tan with bright blue eyes - to then getting darker stripes on his back - to the stripes fading and turning into almost black in some spots- to then turning back to browns. he was the enigma! we give all our 4 legged friends way too many nicknames too that i honestly dont know if they know what their real names are either!

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  31. Happy Birthday Professor! and thank you Kaylah for your Natural History Museum post, it inspired one of my own http://blondearieschick.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/more-raindrops.html :)

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  32. Happy Birthday!!! What a sweetie :)

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  33. Yayyy! I remember when he was a little kitten and you were getting to know him. What a cutie! I LOVE your nick names for him, we have quite a few funny ones for our cats, one of which is "pudgy". She also is a face sniffer/nuzzler. Cats are the best, end of story!

    xomando

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  34. Happy Birthday! He's one lucky kitty!!

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  35. So cute! Happy birthday :)

    www.laceandpearlsbyroos.com

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  36. What a wonderful story, you 're amazing for rescuing and taking care of such a happy cuddly kitty!! Happy birthday to him! :)

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  37. happy birthday professor! :)

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  38. Oh my god, HOW CUTE?! Happy Birthday Professor.

    P.S. Glad I'm not the only person whose cat has dozens of different names ;)

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  39. Happy Birthday, Professor! I love all of his nicknames. It's nice to know my husband and I aren't the only ones with 300 nicknames for their cats. ;) Hawk Snack is the VERY best nick name ever, btw!!!

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  40. Happy Birthday dear Professor...Happy Birthday to Mew!
    <3 Two adoring kitten fans >> Penelope & Buddha

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  41. Happy Birthday,Professor! I looked at the first few pictures and then had to do a double take -- I didn't recognize him -- he has grown up! I like the new layout/design on your blog by the way. :)

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  42. Aw, he and I share the same birthday! Happy Birthday, Professor!

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  43. Oh my! Professor Stringray is beyond adorable!! Happy birthday!

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  44. Awww! What a cutie pie! Happy Birthday Professor!! :)

    www.lacewinged.com

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  45. Happy catbirthday! Oh how I laughed when I read this post, so so funny! From nicknames till the strange oddities, love it!

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  46. Aww he looks like my friends cat Frank!

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  47. awww! preshy preciousness! such a cute lil fluffer he was/is!!!

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  48. Happy Birthday to Professor Beep Beep! He has the most gorgeous blue eyes, and was such a cute little baby :) Glad he found his way to a great home.

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  49. He is so, so precious!!! Happy Birthday Sir. Professor Stingray!

    P.S. Mau will also jump on us whenever we're reading, or doing something instead of giving him attention. ;P

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  50. Awwww, he's such a cutie! That second picture kills me! I just did a post of our 3 year anniversary with my cat Lily (who is actually a boy) and I agree, it's so much fun going through all of the old pictures... aaaaaah kittens are the absolute best. Too cute! Happy birthday to Professor Stingray, what a lucky guy to have such a great family!

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  51. omg i've just remembered the funniest kitty video of his...I'm a dog lover but THAT video threw me out chair..Btw I'm loving your blog for a couple of years and it always make me smile.And smile here in Greece is a little bit rare these days..Keep up the Love!

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    1. Oh my gosh, I totally forgot about that video! He was so tiny and sweet!! :D

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  52. He's such a beautiful boy - those eyes are gorgeous now, thanks to you! He was an adorable little baby too. I am so glad he found such loving owners as you x

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  53. He's adorable!! :) These are such lovely pictures- and he's one handsome kitty- Happy Birthday!
    I took in a stray kitty in once- bathed it and took care of it for a couple of days, but my parents didn't let me keep it and I had to give it away...

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  54. awww I remember when you brought him home! happy birthday professor!!

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  55. Happy Birthday Professor! He actually shares the same birthday as my Grandpa and boyfriend! That's really sweet that he is a great snuggler. Brando and Sprinkles are huge snugglers too and Sprinkles even tries to sleep on my face sometimes. And by the way-I took your advice with Brando and Sprinkles and as I'm sitting here leaving this comment, they're sitting here with me-one on each side! They aren't the best of pals, but they certainly get along sooooo much better! Thanks so much for the advice!

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    1. Yay! So glad they're getting along better! Just give it some more time and they'll be snuggling with each other.

      Happy Birthday to your Grandpa and boyfriend! :)

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  56. He is such a darling kitty. Happy birthday, Professor!

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  57. Happy kitty birthday! He's so cute with a super expressive face! My pets also end up with countless nicknames :)

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  58. Aw how cute! Adorable photos(:!

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  59. He does look so very tiny in the first photo - love his little pout! :) And I always crack up when my kitty winds up in the pose at the end. Happy Birthday Professor!

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  60. Happy birthday Prof.
    Sidenote: I had to comment on this post because I honestly can't believe I have been reading your blog for over 2 years (!!) thanks for being interesting.

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    1. Time flies, doesn't it?!
      Thanks for sticking around! :)

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  61. Happy birthday Prof! I can't believe it's been 2 years already! <3

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  62. I just can't believe he was so tiny!

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  63. Awww what a lovely kitty! I love the random things cats do - every one is an individual. Jen x

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  64. adorable!!! happy birthday, Professor!!

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  65. One of my cats like to smell breath too! Weirdos

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  66. He was the cutest little kitten and he's a beautiful cat!! I am always amazed at how kittens look and what the markings they have change when they turn into cats. Happy Birthday Professor!

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  67. eeeep! Professor Stingray is such a bundle of adorable-ness! Cats are just the coolest, aren't they?! I felt so sorry for your kitty when I saw the first photo, but you must have been the best possible mummy for him to bring him back to health so much! The change is amazing! xoxo, Emily

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  68. Awww! It warms my heart so much to see how much you've changed his life and him affecting yours.

    Happy (Belated) Birthday Professor! May you have more fun opportunity catching breath!

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  69. I just found your blog and it just make me so happy, so much colour and cute cats :). And I just LOVE your hair. Keep up the good work and say hi to your cats from me :).

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  70. This little cat is so cute! my favourite nickname is butter beans, so funny. Happy Birthday x

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  71. Aw so cute, once his eyes were cleaned they are so big and beautiful! Happy birthday Professor.

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  72. That first picture is actually heart breaking, it reminds me of my cat Bumblelion (also known as bumble slime, lion de slime, slimer, slime bag, grimey lion, grumble swine, lionykins etc.. etc..) who was in similar condition when we found her, she was blind from cat flu and I had to break down the scabs that built up over her eyes with cotton wool and warm water over a week after getting her. Nine years later and she's still as feisty as ever. I'm so happy so read about such a wonderful ending for everyone :)

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  73. I must have missed this post. He is one handsome (and very lucky) man. I hope his birthday was full of treats and cat-fun.

    I love the way his black bit (on his face) started off little and has got bigger and bigger taking over his beautiful little face.

    You have done a great job with him. You should be very proud.

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