Theo becomes twelve today!

Theo, whose staff is Laurie and Gethyn in London, is having a special day today: it’s his twelfth birthday. You might remember him as one of the finalists in the Awesome Cat Confessions Contest, as he owned up to drinking his staff’s coffee. As the only cat I know who drinks coffee (and favors it black), today we’ll pay him homage. More than that, the coffee he favors is black espresso.
His staff has written the following words of tribute:
Theo turns 12 today.  He is a lovely black boy and a typical cat.  He is also anomalous in that he engages in some odd behaviour: like licking plastic and drinking coffee.  Not coffee: ESPRESSO.  He turns his little black nose up at regular coffee; but, laps up espresso.  When he hears the beans being ground, he comes running and hovers…until he can hoover.  Here is is drinking his favourite espresso…

Here also are some photos of him in the stages of his “fix:” taking in the aroma, gauging the depth, testing the temperature and finally digging in!





And here he is licking the coffee grounds out of the grinder:



  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 7, 2016 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Now that is a special cat. Theo will be up some of the day. I thought in England, tea was the thing?

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 7, 2016 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      Probably not far off 50:50. Or 45:45 with chocolate, and various other hot drinks forming the balance.
      [Checks cabinet.] Instant coffee, two types of tea, cocoa, three types of different “stock cube” for a change.

      • HaggisForBrains
        Posted August 8, 2016 at 5:22 am | Permalink

        Your mention of stock cubes forces me to confess that my first hot drink of the day is usually made from Bisto chicken gravy granules. Tasty!

  2. Taskin
    Posted August 7, 2016 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Theo!

  3. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted August 7, 2016 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Already Theo-lve!?

    This is a special moment in the Cat Universe. Sean Carroll inspires me, from his TED talk on the Big Picture, to note that it is 10^10^4.

    Meaning the Cat Universe, which is now 10^10 Cat Years, contains at least 10^10 galaxies with at least 10^10 stars each (or on average much like the Milky Way, it seems).

    But it also contains at least 10^10 volumes like our Observable Cat Universe, according to the curvature constraint set by the latest humongous galaxy survey, which included 1 % of the observable galaxies.

    [Of course, technically the concordance data will set a higher uncertainty on the deviation from flat space. But the point is that the observational uncertainty decrease rapidly, reversely our knowable universe increase rapidly.]

    So that is right now counting 10^10^3 potential Cat Systems in Cat Space, over 10^10 Cat Years in Cat Time.

    I don’t know about you. But, like Theo, I find it an excellent excuse for having another espresso.

  4. Monika
    Posted August 7, 2016 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, Theo!
    What’s that song in the video? It’s fun!

    • Posted August 7, 2016 at 10:16 am | Permalink

      The song is Java Jive recorded by The Ink Spots (1940)

      “In 1936 the Ink Spots became the first African Americans to appear on television; then in 1948 they continued to be television pioneers by becoming the first African Americans to appear on Ed Sullivan’s successful TV show.” More from

      • Monika
        Posted August 8, 2016 at 3:41 am | Permalink

        Thanks! Oh, the things you will learn on this site!

  5. Nell Whiteside
    Posted August 7, 2016 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Ah, it’s so good to know that there is another caffeine addict in our world!

    Good taste Theo.

  6. barn owl
    Posted August 7, 2016 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, Coffee Achiever!

    I’ve certainly had mornings during which I’ve been tempted to lick coffee out of the grinder.

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