Cat of the Month, May 2017: Rupert

Rainier Veterinary Hospital Cat of the Month, May 2017: Rupert
The many faces of Rupert
Rainier Veterinary Hospital Cat of the Month, May 2017: Rupert
Rupert and his brother, P-Nut—not a full set of teeth between the two of them!
Rainier Veterinary Hospital Cat of the Month, May 2017: Rupert
Dapper Rupert
Rainier Veterinary Hospital Cat of the Month, May 2017: Rupert
Rupert and P-nut: Cuddle Champions of Seattle
Rainier Veterinary Hospital Cat of the Month, May 2017: Rupert
Rupert proudly displays his new feeding tube.

They say that this is a cat’s world, and we just live in it. And never was the saying truer than with Rupert, a 12-year-old Tuxedo cat who is our May Cat of the Month.

“He’s the king of the castle,” agree owners Dey Brown and Paula Mills. “He rules over our dogs and any that visit. He fights with his cat brother, P-nut, but then spends the evening on one of our laps grooming P-nut and snuggling with him.”

Dey and Paula say that Rupert’s true personality really comes out when he’s hungry. “When he’s ready to eat and thinks we’re not catering to his needs quickly enough,” Dey says, “he knocks stuff off the counter with his tail and chews on anything plastic to make a very annoying sound.”

And one of Rupert’s favorite foods? Salmon—especially in the couple’s takeout sushi. But he also loves toy mice, hair ties, sleeping and sitting in boxes, and laying on his back in the middle of the floor. It is his castle, after all.

And that doesn’t end at bedtime. “He generally takes up the entire pillow in bed, or he just sleeps directly on top of us,” Paula says. “But despite all of these quirks, he’s very sweet and loving and a great companion.”

Named after a character from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Rupert also answers to Poopert, Poopybutt, and Rupie. He was found in July 2005 by a friend’s mother when Paula was living in Scranton, Pa. “He was a stray,” Paula says, “and he’d been shot in the side with a BB gun. I adopted him right away and then moved him to Seattle with me in 2008, tucked into a cat carrier under my airplane seat.”

Quickly nursed back to health as a kitten, Rupert is still no stranger to the vet. “Most recently, we brought him in to get a feeding tube as a result of not eating due to inflamed bowel syndrome,” Dey says. “Prior to that, Rupert had most of his teeth pulled. Not a full set of teeth between him and P-nut! He has become very familiar with all of the vets and techs at Rainier Vet.”

And we love seeing him and your whole pet family, Dey and Paula! Thanks for being such wonderful clients over the past six years—we so appreciate it and look forward to many more years!

About Our Cat of the Month Program

Here’s how our Cat of the Month program works: Each staff member provides a nomination for the distinguished honor, and Receptionist Elizabeth Downs chooses the winner. Any kitty patients who visit us during the prior month are eligible to win.


At Rainier Vet, we care about your pets as much as you do, and our team is dedicated to providing the best care possible. What makes us unique? We offer affordable services without compromising service. We’re deeply rooted in Seattle—we’ve been in business since 1933! Plus, we’re open 7 days a week, have plenty of free parking, and we’re easily accessible from I-5 and I-90.