LIKE THE BIBLICAL assertion that the sins of the fathers are visited upon the children (which isn’t so much a sentence of divine retribution as it is an observation of a fact of life), is a home truth embedded in a cliche. Given that cats tend toward littering in secret and then moving the litter to a different home almost immediately the afterbirth is licked off the kittens, the observation of, “Look what the cat dragged in,” applies most frequently to the cat herself.
That being the case, it’s sometimes impossible to determine a birth date certain for any given cat.
Of course, a cat who has gone into confinement, as the phrase goes, rather than drop her litter in the wild, can keep her littering only so secret. And thus the birthdays of some kittens and the cats they become can be known.
Boy Oliver, for example, is two years old today.