Unfortunately we have to devote this blog to the sad loss of our soppy cat, Jet. Jet had been in declining health for some time and regular readers may recall we sort of talked ourselves off the edge last year, sadly things didn't improve for her or us and it became clear that the quality of life just wasn't there anymore. In order to reduce risk of "Jet bombs" or other events, we'd ended up keeping all the cats downstairs for a couple of months, this had led to some unhappiness and it was clear we were making the other 2 unhappy with that arrangement.
Things came to a head on Tuesday and it was a run down to the vets, due to the timing, I ended up making a trek to get Hannah, who after it had all occurred was most upset to be leaving Jet at the Dr's "I don't want to leave her at the Dr's!" but it was harder for Ryan who of course had no idea and had to have the news broken to him later that evening. We did have the fortune of having incredibly caring and supportive vets, and they worked with us to make it as pleasant as such an unpleasant occasion can be.
So we remember her as always loving & demanding cuddles, and for some reason hating any cat other than Poofy. She hissed & snarled when Nugget arrived and never really made Jake the Thug feel welcome either. No idea why those two made her uncomfortable, but her love for Poofy was endless, he's already missing the Poof Wash and is going around the house looking for her, he even took a very brave few steps outside onto the deck which represents the 2nd time he's ever ventured out and the 1st time was more from terror!
Jet was great with Ryan, less so with Hannah - mostly down to age but probably more likely she recognized the danger lurking! Ryan often wanted Jet to fall asleep on his bed and he even went through a month or 2 where he couldn't sleep unless she was there. I've spoken before about her amazing lack of athletic ability and incredible propensity to consume food, in fact in times past you couldn't even think of touching any food without her barging in and trying to grab it. As she aged, and her hearing failed and she got more distant, it became a rarity to see her nose on your plate, which probably told us a lot more than we wanted to accept.
I'm sure there's several Jet stories out there, the time she escaped at Herndon and went to the top floor (we were on the ground) and sat there for 4 hours until Jessica came home and found her is pretty typical of the dopey feline. Jessica fell for her when she went looking for a kitten to adopt back in 2005, immediately loving those glowing eyes and completely black coat, little did she know Jet had already adopted this other cat, slightly younger but apparently part of the package. Jet never stopped caring for her friend, she'd even offer to try his food - all of it! - prior to his consuming it, just to be safe. That's dedication!
Like all of us, Poofy is going to miss her, she was a special cat and her personality & presence is a hard one to lose.
Run fast, jump high Jet, snore all you want and hover round the kitchens.
J,J, R&H and paws from Poofy & Thug.