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January 4, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

FINAL CAT BLOGGING....I have some sad news. About an hour ago Jasmine was sitting on my desk (keeping an eye on me, as usual) when she went into a violent spasm and fell to the ground. She died within a minute.

I don't know what happened, but it was probably a heart attack. She's had a heart murmur ever since we first got her, and it probably finally caught up to her. She was nine years old.

The picture on the right is the last one taken of her. It was snapped on December 30 while she watched us prepare a Virginia ham sent to us by a reader. The ham turned out perfectly, thanks no doubt to her careful supervision.

This will be the first night in years that she won't curl up between our pillows at night and then methodically take over Marian's pillow completely as the night progresses. It always helped us sleep better. If there's a cat heaven, I hope Jasmine is there, eternally chasing fat, lazy mice and snacking on spicy tuna. Rest in Peace, sweetie.

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Condolences, Kevin.

One for Jasmine.

Posted by: Ruck on January 4, 2007 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

At least she lived to see the Democrats take back Congress.

Posted by: SP on January 4, 2007 at 6:01 PM | PERMALINK

SP is right - she survived long enough to see Nancy Pelosi become Speaker. Hopefully, she is enjoying Cat Heaven.

Posted by: pgl on January 4, 2007 at 6:02 PM | PERMALINK

Cats are good friends. Sorry you lost a friend, Kevin.

Posted by: ferd on January 4, 2007 at 6:02 PM | PERMALINK

I am so, so sorry. I have 3 myself and one who sleeps between us. May you have peace.

Posted by: emerald on January 4, 2007 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry to hear it, Kevin. She was a nice looking cat- with a lot of character to hear you tell it.

Posted by: Preston on January 4, 2007 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

My dearest cat, Nabie, died this past summer. My wife and I are still mourning.

Pets bring much joy and sorrow to our lives.

Posted by: Hostile on January 4, 2007 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

Very sorry for your loss. I know what that feels like.

Posted by: Vincennes on January 4, 2007 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry to hear about Jasmine, Kevin. We get to love the little furballs, don't we?

Posted by: RT on January 4, 2007 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

Damn. I'm so sorry, Kevin. Two years ago on January 18th, I lost my best friend in the world when my dog died. She was 18. When i say I know how you are feeling, it isn't just words. My deepest sympathies.

Posted by: Global Citizen on January 4, 2007 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

Better it happened right in front of you so you know what happened.

I'm about to head toward a funeral myself. Life goes on. So far.

Posted by: little ole jim from red country on January 4, 2007 at 6:06 PM | PERMALINK

You're a better man than I am. It's been two years since our cuddliest cat died from cancer that Los Angeles's supposedly best vets hadn't detected, and I still can't face seeing a picture of her. Having followed Jasmine's antics since your CalPundit days, I feel like I've lost another cat. I know that no amount of condolences can make up for your loss, but I hope you'll realize from e-mails like this how many people loved Jasmine and are saddened by her death.

Posted by: Richard Leary on January 4, 2007 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

there are few friends better than pets..

i'm sorry for your loss...

Posted by: mr. irony on January 4, 2007 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

Condolences.

Posted by: eyelessgame on January 4, 2007 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry for your loss, Kevin. When a pet of long companionship dies, it can be devastating.

How is Inkblot doing? Will you get another cat as a pal?

Posted by: Librul on January 4, 2007 at 6:10 PM | PERMALINK

Very hard to lose a loved one. RIP.
I am sure this was a very well loved kitty.
Now on to kitty heaven

Peace.

Posted by: DefJef on January 4, 2007 at 6:12 PM | PERMALINK

Losing a beloved pet is devastating.

It hurts like hell. But it does get better with time. One day at a time.

I am thinking of you and Marian, and of Inkblot, too, and hoping the day comes quickly when the scales finally tip and you feel a little more happy than sad when you remember Jasmine.

Posted by: shortstop on January 4, 2007 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

really sorry. but i can tell from the pictures
she had a good home and knew how to have a good time. that means everything.

Posted by: daveminnj on January 4, 2007 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

That's sad news. Lost my cat a couple of years ago and it was terrible. Months later I'd still feel her brush by my leg while I was sitting at my desk.

Well, the Dems are in and Jasmine's work is done. May she have eight more lives as good as the first.

Posted by: JJF on January 4, 2007 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

It has to be an extreme rarity to actually *see* a cat have a heart attack.

Posted by: goethean on January 4, 2007 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

Very sorry to hear about Jasmine, Kevin. My sympathy to you and yours.

Posted by: Rob Owen on January 4, 2007 at 6:17 PM | PERMALINK

12 years ago, our cat Sparky died of some internal injury. Probably she ate a string, which screwed up her digestive tract.

It was not pleasant to see this large, strong cat die.

I am very sorry to hear about your loss.

Posted by: POed Lib on January 4, 2007 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry. We lost one that way, sadly while my son, the owner, was alone in the house with him. But it was a quick, painless way to go.

Posted by: Ruth on January 4, 2007 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry. When they leave us, it really does break our hearts. She was lucky to have you and you were very lucky to have her.
Peace.

Posted by: byteb on January 4, 2007 at 6:21 PM | PERMALINK

Wishing you condolences for your loss, -TTop

Posted by: TTop on January 4, 2007 at 6:22 PM | PERMALINK

I'm blinking away tears. Get a new kitty fairly soon, not to replace Jasmine but because kitties are fun.

Posted by: anandine on January 4, 2007 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences.

Paul

Posted by: otherpaul on January 4, 2007 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

Condolences, Kevin. That sucks.

Posted by: kevin on January 4, 2007 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, Kevin.

Posted by: Dan-o on January 4, 2007 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

What a beauty. Condolences.

Posted by: DJ Ninja on January 4, 2007 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

We were a "cat family" growing up and endured the loss of some absolutely wonderful ones over the years.

We took in an old stray cat, and our resident cat (a young male) grew very fond of her. When she died, he was inconsolable -- for weeks, he wandered through the house looking and calling for her.

Finally we decided that if he was going to be so unhappy, let it be from annoyance as much as grief -- so we got him two kittens.

It absolutely worked. They were a constant distraction for him (and ultimately his good friends) plus their insane behavior(!) was a comfort to the rest of us.

Posted by: I'm so sorry on January 4, 2007 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

I am very sad for your loss. We have had cats for years, but one of the worst aspects of pets is having to put them to sleep. You were spared that trauma. It sounds like Jasmine had a full, if short, life with excellent owners. Both she and you were fortunate to have found each other.

Posted by: Mudge on January 4, 2007 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

so sorry about your sweet kitty.

Posted by: diana on January 4, 2007 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences ... consol yourselves with the thought that she lived a *great* life, was beloved by all, and died quickly. But I am very sorry to hear it. I always loved the cat picures.

Posted by: Diana on January 4, 2007 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

It's been years since I had to bury a pet, but I still remember the loss.

My condolences Kevin. And I hope Inkblot isn't too lonely.

Posted by: cyntax on January 4, 2007 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK

Condolences. I hope the fact of all the people taking the time to write helps you at least feel you aren't alone in this. And I hope that helps.

Posted by: Charles on January 4, 2007 at 6:29 PM | PERMALINK

awful sorry to hear it. we lost our Echo last winter, in a similar way. our consolation was that we didn't have to make the dreadful decision to put her to sleep, as we'd had to do with our beloved Comrade some years ago. oh man... weeping in my office.

Posted by: thersites on January 4, 2007 at 6:30 PM | PERMALINK

After a lifetime of hating cats, I finally found a cat I like, in a kitten we adopted/rescued this past summer.

Normally, my position on medical treatment for pets is; spaying, yes. neutering, yes. Anything else? If it costs more than euthanasia, NO. (Knowing friends who have been socked with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills for pets).

This cat is the first pet I've ever had that made me violate that rule, when he came home one day with what turned out to be a swollen, infected, dog (or coyote?) bite. We took him to get diagnosed and treated, ch-ching $100. Madness.

I would be unhappy to lose Stanley, he's a great cat. So, my condolences on the loss of your friend.

Posted by: Extradite Rumsfeld on January 4, 2007 at 6:30 PM | PERMALINK

I'm more of a dog man, but I know that both cats and dogs can be man's best friends. My condolences.

Posted by: Steve W, on January 4, 2007 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

As a fellow cat lover, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family and my deepest condolences.

Posted by: Peg on January 4, 2007 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Dixie Myers on January 4, 2007 at 6:32 PM | PERMALINK

She had a good home. RIP, Jasmine.

Posted by: Polyblog on January 4, 2007 at 6:33 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry, Kevin.

Posted by: Slideguy on January 4, 2007 at 6:34 PM | PERMALINK

I think that all of us who have lost a beloved pet at some point are feeling your pain right now. Condolences to you and Marian and Inkblot.

Posted by: sherij on January 4, 2007 at 6:35 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,
While a dog owner today I had the wonderful opportunity to share my house with a huge orange tabby many years ago. A gentler cat soul I never knew and his death opened a huge, sad void. Now, what I remember is the huge orange tabby that chased and retrieved bottle caps like a dog chasing a ball. And I smile.
I am so sorry. Best wishes.

Posted by: Phil on January 4, 2007 at 6:36 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry for your loss. We lost our cat Natasha to cancer last spring -- got the bad news right around Christmas 2005.

On a Sunday night in March, she heard our other cat, Boris, eating in the other room, and went in there to shove his head aside and eat her share of the food. The next day, my husband came home from work and found her dead in her cat tower. We still have no idea HOW she managed to get up to the third tier of a six-foot cat tower in her condition. I guess we'll have to ask her when we see her on the other side.

Be prepared for Inkblot to be very clingy. We took her to the vet's to be cremated and Boris spent the next three hours searching the house trying to find her.

I have to stop now.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on January 4, 2007 at 6:40 PM | PERMALINK

You have my condolences, Kevin. Our cat passed away in a very similar manner, sudden and unexpected, and it was a difficult thing to wrap our minds around. The grief we feel for our pets is one that is very real, as real as any loss of a being some intwined in our lives. It was nice to know that our friends understood our need to grieve.

Thanks for sharing Jasmine's life with the rest of us.

Posted by: paulk on January 4, 2007 at 6:41 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, how sad and how hard for you! You'll miss that gentle soul.

& thank you for all the lovely portraits.

Posted by: PTate in MN on January 4, 2007 at 6:41 PM | PERMALINK

A loss for all of us.

Posted by: the neighbor on January 4, 2007 at 6:42 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, no.

I'm sorry to hear that, Kevin. My condolences.

Posted by: Rob Staeger on January 4, 2007 at 6:43 PM | PERMALINK

Jasmine was special to all of us who read your blog. Please give Ink Blot a big hug. This is really sad to hear.

Posted by: segi on January 4, 2007 at 6:44 PM | PERMALINK

I feel for you man. There's just nothing quite as painful as losing a beloved pet, and having lost a few over the decades, I know it hurts deeply, even years later. The therapy that's worked best for me: get a new kitten soon.

Posted by: Bob C on January 4, 2007 at 6:45 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin and Marian,

Condolences on your loss. I've so enjoyed the catblogging pictures of Jasmine and Ink Blot that you've put up over the last couple of years. I miss my two Siamese -- they sure do leave a big hole.

Take care!

Posted by: Sandy-LA 90034 on January 4, 2007 at 6:45 PM | PERMALINK

We have an 8-year-old cranky male cat (Hep), a 6-year-old wiener dawg (Julie), and two six-month-old female kittens (Dido and Chloe). I've been following Jasmine's antics for years. We are so, so sorry for your loss, Kevin.

Jasmine was a beautiful kitty, and no doubt she's already trying to curl up on a pillow somewhere on the other side. Give Inkblot some extra lovins for a while.

WF

Posted by: Wes F. in North Adams on January 4, 2007 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences on the loss of Jasmine. I went through this last summer when my cat Cita died of cancer at 14. It's awful but at least I had some warning. I've very much enjoyed the pictures you've posted of her and I will miss seeing her on the blog.

Posted by: AnnieCat on January 4, 2007 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry. Try to think that you had her a long time, that you were good to her. I have found that thought personally consoling in my time and experience.

Posted by: consider wisely always on January 4, 2007 at 6:47 PM | PERMALINK

Of course there's a cat heaven, Kevin. And she's there, bossing the joint.
We inherited a cat when we bought our house. He has a similar trick, pushing me out of my pillows at night. We don't know his age, although the vet thinks 6 or 8. He's taught me -- a dog person through and through -- how much fun a cat can be.
Hugs to you, Marian and Inkblot.

Posted by: Emma on January 4, 2007 at 6:50 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, what a loss! I'm so sorry. It's good that you had her with you all those years, and were with her to the end.

Posted by: Jame on January 4, 2007 at 6:50 PM | PERMALINK

I'm very sorry for your loss. I was one of those who urged you to post more cat pictures, and am sorry Jasmine won't be gracing the pages any longer.

If it's any consolation, at least she didn't suffer: a quick exit is how we'd all like to go.

Posted by: Urinated State of America on January 4, 2007 at 6:52 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry about your cat. That sucks. My dog, Pretty Boy Floyd died, two years ago today after a year long battle against lymphoma and $10K worth of chemo. My son who was only 3 at the time is still trying to figure out a way to visit him in doggie heaven.

Posted by: Lawnguylander on January 4, 2007 at 6:53 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry to read this. My sympathies to you, Marian, and Inkblot.

Posted by: Erica on January 4, 2007 at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have a cockatiel hen that will be 20 years old in April. Simone has lived four times longer than the average cockatiel, and she's showing her age. She can no longer stand for long periods of time but she still flies around the house, and eats like a horse.

I know I'll cry for three days shen she passes. Simone is standing on my shoulder as I write this, and I cannot imagine a time when she will no longer be there. My wife's bird died two years ago this month. She was devastated, and swore she'd never have another pet. She now has a beautiful black cocker spaniel.

Get another kitten. Jasmine would want you to.

Posted by: Winda Warren Terra on January 4, 2007 at 6:59 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry about the sudden loss of your kitty. Our beloved 7 year old collie, Abby, died on Dec. 20th after the quick onset of autoimmune hymolytic aanemia. It was all very quick, 3 days, and expensive, as we tried to save her. But, mostly just a lot of grief and sadness over the holiday. But, slowly, it is getting better.

Blessings and Peace

Posted by: Skip on January 4, 2007 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

My dog passed away quite suddenly on the 22nd. Brain tumor and massive internal bleeding. It's like losing a child. I am so sorry for your loss and so happy that you had 9 years with Jasmine.

Posted by: iheartfitzgerald on January 4, 2007 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry, Kevin and Marian. It was a picture of Jasmine that first led me over here when my then BF (who visited your blog for the Friday cat-blogging) forwarded along a link with pics of Jasmine and Inkblot.

Here's to fat lazy mice, catnip on demand, tuna, and all the adoration and pillow space a puss could possibly want.

I lost a beloved feline to old age a couple years ago, and it is so hard.

Take care.

Posted by: sara on January 4, 2007 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

Very sorry about your cat. We put our beloved 17 year old cat to sleep the day before Thanksgiving. For weeks it was hard to imagine the house without her presence. Still is.

Robert

Posted by: heynewt on January 4, 2007 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

Losing a beloved pet is so hard. But there is the one comfort that she died quickly instead of suffering through illness.

My best wishes, Kevin.

Posted by: kimster on January 4, 2007 at 7:05 PM | PERMALINK

Very sorry for your loss. My 14 1/2 year old has some kind of stomach cancer, and I'm struggling with when to put him down. Though I might appreciate the clarity, I don't know what I would do if he keeled over in front of me. Get a kitten when you're ready, keep up the cat blogging and your other good work. Best wishes.

Posted by: James M on January 4, 2007 at 7:06 PM | PERMALINK

My condolensces to both of you. Losting a pet is of course very difficult. We lost our cat, Fritters, 2 summers ago to a coyote and it's very sad still when seeing pictures of him. Wait awhile then head to your local non-profit shelter and get yourself a new companion.

Posted by: Fred F. on January 4, 2007 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

All the best to you, Kevin - I hope that Inkblot the Cat soldiers on well.

Posted by: Ed Tracey on January 4, 2007 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, that is such sad news. I too enjoyed the kitty pix from the CalPundit days. She'll always be watching over you.

Posted by: tALeS oF twO kITtIEs on January 4, 2007 at 7:08 PM | PERMALINK

My sincere condolences, Kevin. We almost always outlive them and it never gets any easier to say goodbye.

Posted by: serial catowner on January 4, 2007 at 7:09 PM | PERMALINK


:-(

Posted by: Al's Mommy on January 4, 2007 at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry for your loss Kevin.

Posted by: Wayne on January 4, 2007 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry for your loss.

A lot of people will be telling you you should get a new cat. I humbly suggest that it's a good idea, though there's no hurry. Jasmine cannot possibly be replaced, but she can have a worthy successor.

Posted by: Keith Thompson on January 4, 2007 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

Strange how attached we can become to animals. My hearfelt condolences.

Posted by: Arne on January 4, 2007 at 7:15 PM | PERMALINK

A day doesn't go by that I don't shed a tear for my sweet little Tammy, a Burmese who I had to euthanize about 8 months ago. I can't get over it, probably never will.

Kevin, you have the best blog on the net, bar none, and I hope that makes you feel a little better for a short moment, because the hardest thing for a cat lover is to lose their best little friend.

Posted by: Dilbert on January 4, 2007 at 7:15 PM | PERMALINK

My sympathies, Kevin. God knows we've gone through enough of them over the years.

Your hopes for her afterlife, however, remind me of a comic strip that Alan Moore (of "Swamp Thing" fame) used to write called "Maxwell The Magic Cat", in one episode of which Maxwell described to his owner what Cat Heaven is like: "There are no dogs, and Elysian Fields of catnip everywhere, and giant scratching-post trees..." When his fascinated owner asked what happens to mice and rats when they die, Maxwell casually replied, "Oh, they go to Cat Heaven too."

That pretty much sums it up. What IS it that we find so charming about the little egotists? Maybe (as W.H. Auden said in his poem about babies) that their judgment "is so frankly subjective that it carries no personal sting." Or maybe it's just that we envy them.

Posted by: Bruce Moomaw on January 4, 2007 at 7:15 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry, Kevin.

Posted by: smidge on January 4, 2007 at 7:19 PM | PERMALINK

So sad, Kevin & Marian: condolences all around: weird that Jasmine would just up and die like that: but I suppose it was better than a protracted illness. We just had our "baby" (a pygmy Himalayan) back from the vet: it was endlessly reassuring that nothing (despite our fears) was actually wrong: but still an unwanted reminder of frailty/mortality - all of ours, feline & human. Sorry.

Posted by: Jay C on January 4, 2007 at 7:19 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, a very big thanks to you for sharing Jasmine with us here all these years, and my condolence on your sudden loss.

Bruce, thank you for the wonderful mention about Cat Heaven too. If they have anything to say about it, we'll be there too as staff.

Posted by: David W. on January 4, 2007 at 7:20 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry to hear Kevin.

My cat is getting up there in age and I'm getting worried about the changes in his personality. Suddenly losing a pet is worse. I had to put down my previous cat because a sudden intense illness (we believe he might have eaten an animal that had been poisoned). He wasn't very old. A really cool, mellow cat. He was a gentle giant; about 23#s and not very fat. We had a cool picture of my sister picking him up over her head with his feet still on the ground.

Posted by: aaron on January 4, 2007 at 7:22 PM | PERMALINK

I send my deepest sympathies for your loss.

Farewell, friend, yet not farewell.
Where I go, ye too shall dwell.
When ye come where I have stepped,
Ye will wonder why ye wept.

-- Edwin Arnold

Posted by: SecularAnimist on January 4, 2007 at 7:23 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry, Kevin. As one who has lost a number of pets to deaths both quick and protracted I empathize. I will never get over any of them, which is both sad and reassuring - its the price we pay for forming strong emotional ties.

Posted by: MadLad on January 4, 2007 at 7:23 PM | PERMALINK

As a fellow cat person I know how heartbroken you are. The nights will be restless for awhile. Jasmine and her friends comforted many when you did some cat blogging the day after the 2004 election.

Posted by: HL Mungo on January 4, 2007 at 7:27 PM | PERMALINK

That's awful. I've also known Jasmine since you were running Calpundit. That's over four years of missing her from all the way over here.

Posted by: TJ on January 4, 2007 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

Man, that sucks.

Too young to go.

I know it's too soon to think about it, but I volunteer at an animal shelter here in Baltimore. There are literally hundreds of needy cats in every city and town that need a good home. In her heart of hearts, I'm sure Jasmine would want you to give another lucky cat a forever home.

Good luck.

Posted by: Sebastian on January 4, 2007 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

Very sad news. She will be missed by many people she never got a chance to sniff. Goodbye, little girl.

Posted by: LeisureGuy on January 4, 2007 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I hope you don't mind my prayer for your family and for Jasmine.

Most high, almighty Lord, our Creator, Yours is the praise, the glory, the honor and all blessings! To You alone do all things belong. Be praised for giving us the animals, birds and fish which fill Your world. Grant our petitions through the intercession of Your Son and good St. Francis of Assisi, who honored You through all Your creatures.

We remember before You, Jasmine, the Drum family's cat. Jasmine had trust in them as we have trust in You; We are on this earth together to give one another friendship, affection, and caring. Take my heartfelt prayers for Kevin and his family as they grieve this loss.

Your goodness is turned upon every living thing and Your grace flows to all Your creatures. We thank You that when You deemed it time, Your will freed Jasmine from all earthly ill, and released her from pain and suffering. Help the Drum family to not be overwhelmed by loss, but have confidence in Your goodness, and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Posted by: Monk-in-Training on January 4, 2007 at 7:32 PM | PERMALINK

We've had 9 cats in the past 15 years. Counting the four living with us. It's sad that we outlive our friends and glorious if we can outlive our enemies.

Posted by: slanted tom on January 4, 2007 at 7:32 PM | PERMALINK

My sincere condolences to you and Marian. Jasmine will be fondly remembered.

Posted by: Edo on January 4, 2007 at 7:33 PM | PERMALINK

Couldn't find a Eulogy to a Cat so I slightly changed George Graham's Eulogy to a Dog from the story of old Drum:

Eulogy to a Cat:

The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his cat.

A man’s cat stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that encounters the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful cat asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies. When the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble cat be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death.

Peace Be With You and Yours

Posted by: JerseyMissouri on January 4, 2007 at 7:33 PM | PERMALINK

kittykitty cat scratch.sorry kevin.

Posted by: Thomas3.6 1/2 on January 4, 2007 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

Deepest condolences, Kevin.

I'll never, ever forget the loss of my beloved Hobbes seven years ago. The "objectively good cat" as my non-cat-person friends used to mock me for calling him, but they agreed nonetheless.

You loss has brought back those memories, as they have for so many of us on this thread who've been through it, too.

At this moment we are all mourning with you.

*choking back a tear*

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on January 4, 2007 at 7:35 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry. Those damn cats do burrow deeply into our lives, don't they?

Posted by: mrgumby2u on January 4, 2007 at 7:35 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry about your cat. There were many fine photos. The last photo is a perfect send-off.

Posted by: rw on January 4, 2007 at 7:36 PM | PERMALINK

My sincere condolences for your loss. It's hard to lose a friend, furry or otherwise. Be thankful for the time you had together - and thank you for sharing her with all of us.

Posted by: Augustus on January 4, 2007 at 7:36 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, I am so sorry for your loss. Each pet brings joy and their own unique personalities into our lives, and there is always an empty spot when they leave us.

Posted by: tamens on January 4, 2007 at 7:38 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences, Kevin. May she rest in peace.

Posted by: Minipundit on January 4, 2007 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,
I'm so sorry for you and Marion and Inkblot. We had one terrible year where we lost all our old ones, an ancient Great Pyr and 2 cats. It took 10 years to let another little furry into our lives but it was worth it when it happened. Like another poster, I got hooked on the Friday cat blogging as well and enjoyed the pictures. Please let Inkblot continue when you can and know that you are loved by cats and humans alike.

Posted by: Paula on January 4, 2007 at 7:41 PM | PERMALINK

That's awful, Kevin. Sorry...

Posted by: alex on January 4, 2007 at 7:44 PM | PERMALINK

Deepest condolences on your family's loss because losing a beloved pet is losing a family member. All your readers including me will miss her as well

Posted by: Mike on January 4, 2007 at 7:46 PM | PERMALINK

Hell, Kevin, I'm sorry. It's a great big hole in your life when you lose a pet.

Posted by: Linkmeister on January 4, 2007 at 7:48 PM | PERMALINK

I am sorry.

My cat Ezra died in November 2005 very similarly to what you described. I'll never forget walking into my living room a minute after hearing odd noises from the living room and seeing him convulsing on the floor with my other cat staring at him with the most profound look of horror I have ever seen on animal or human. Autopsy revealed an enlarged heart.

Posted by: sj on January 4, 2007 at 7:48 PM | PERMALINK

Oh Kevin, I am so, so sorry for your family's loss.

Nine years isn't enough. Sadly, we don't get to know when our furry friends will leave us; the best we can do is love them as much as we can for as long as we have them.

Jasmine was a well-loved cat, and I'm sure she knew it.

Posted by: fiat lux on January 4, 2007 at 7:50 PM | PERMALINK

My deepest condolences, Kevin.

Posted by: Fred on January 4, 2007 at 7:52 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry for your loss, Kevin. I hope she's somewhere in a sunny catnip patch. The picture is lovely -- she looks like she's guarding the ham.

Posted by: Lucia on January 4, 2007 at 7:53 PM | PERMALINK

I am sorry for your lose Kevin. There is nothing like the love of a pet, or the hurt of losing one.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Marian & your pillows this evening.

Posted by: Aimee on January 4, 2007 at 7:54 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your kitty. My dear Smokie died a little more than a year ago, and it still hurts. They really do become members of the family.

Posted by: Ol'Froth on January 4, 2007 at 7:55 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry. My thoughts are with you, Marian, and Inkblot. I know Jasmine had a good kitty life. How sad.

Posted by: Rob_in_Hawaii on January 4, 2007 at 7:55 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

I'm so sorry to read of yours and Marian's loss. My cats are my family, just like yours. In the 6 years since we've moved into this home, we've lost a 20 year old cat we had since birth, a 15 year old cat we brought with us, a toothless ~15 year old cat that came with the house, and are about to lose another 16 year old cat. We love our babies and it's extremely hard to see them go.

I'm hoping Jasmine didn't suffer and the end came quickly. We've had a few whose death dragged out and a few who went instantly. I've felt it's always better for them to go quickly...

Best wishes, and condolences.

Bigcat

Posted by: bigcat on January 4, 2007 at 7:55 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences to you, Marian and Inkblot who no doubt has already taken over Jasmine's territory.

Posted by: MNPundit on January 4, 2007 at 7:57 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry about Jasmine, Kevin.

Posted by: Old Hat on January 4, 2007 at 7:58 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry to she her go. She will be missed.

Posted by: D. on January 4, 2007 at 7:59 PM | PERMALINK

What a gorgeous kitty. I have one who looks very much like Jasmine. My heart is breaking for you. I have loved and lost a number of pets and if I had it all to do again I wouldn't change a thing. As painful as it's been at times, I'm glad I chose to share my life with these delightful animals. Bless you.

Posted by: ltl on January 4, 2007 at 7:59 PM | PERMALINK

Deepest sympathy from an owner of many cats.

Posted by: Pennypacker on January 4, 2007 at 8:01 PM | PERMALINK

Nothing sadder than the loss of a family member; thank you for sharing, and I hope the warm wishes give you a small bit of comfort.

Posted by: heavy on January 4, 2007 at 8:03 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences, Kevin. she was beautiful animal, and your pictures of her gave me a great deal of pleasure.

And of course there's a cat heaven. You think they're going to miss out on heaven - you never met a cat.

Posted by: Finny on January 4, 2007 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

Condolences from a fellow cat person to both you and Marian.

Posted by: Claude Muncey on January 4, 2007 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

kevin, i'm sorry too and always enjoyed the pictures of the "kids". we have a big maine coon cat(35 lbs) and gizmo is getting up there in age. don't know what it'd be like without our sweet boy around.

Posted by: jim black on January 4, 2007 at 8:06 PM | PERMALINK

That's sad, Kevin. My condolences.

Posted by: JJ on January 4, 2007 at 8:08 PM | PERMALINK

My deepest condolences on the loss of your faithful longtime companion, Kevin. Now her spirit can return to the cosmos with the memories of your love and friendship.

Posted by: Windhorse on January 4, 2007 at 8:14 PM | PERMALINK

Oh poor Jasmine.

You'll have to get another cat of course, so Inkblot won't be so lonely. Get another Tabby to rule the roost.

Posted by: Cheryl on January 4, 2007 at 8:14 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry, Kevin. Pets are easier to love than some people, aren't they?

Time will only leave you with happy memories.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on January 4, 2007 at 8:14 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences, to the whole household. I had to put my cat of 14 years down last April. So, like so many other of your readers, I emphathize. I certainly hope that every remaining day of your year is better than this fourth day.

Posted by: LisainVan on January 4, 2007 at 8:15 PM | PERMALINK

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss Kevin. A beloved pet is a true family member. Hope you feel better soon.

Posted by: demisod on January 4, 2007 at 8:16 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry to hear Kevin. My condolences, and my cat Nikki sends her love too.

Posted by: Glenn on January 4, 2007 at 8:19 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry Kevin. I lost my cat, lily, eleven years ago. I can't write about her without crying. You gave her a wonderful life. I'm sure she appreciated it.

Posted by: lily or mycat on January 4, 2007 at 8:24 PM | PERMALINK

She's there, Kevin. My Artemis, Apollo and Beltane were there to greet her and show her all the mouse hiding places.

Posted by: Yellow Dog on January 4, 2007 at 8:25 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry, Kevin. Much love to you, Marian, and Inkblot.

Posted by: hamletta on January 4, 2007 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

Again, condolences to you and Marian, and Inkblot.

Should you decide to get another cat, may I suggest waiting a while. When you feel the time is right I would suggest visiting your local animal shelter and picking out a kitten, opposite sex of Inkblot (make sure you get it neutered). I've had much luck, and have read much, about this mix.

You'll do three good things by doing this. You'll rescue a probably doomed kitten. You'll provide Inkblot with a companion that will be a pain in the rear and keep him occupied and interested, and finally, you'll give yourself and Marian an ongoing relationship to the mystery that are cats.

From the comments here, it's obvious you have a large, loving, caring community.

Best wishes.

Bigcat

Posted by: bigcat on January 4, 2007 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

I'm reminded of something in a tres urbane tome, perhaps The New Yorker or NYT Mag, in which an editor fessed that half the job of editing was to get his writers, even his best ones, to stop writing about their pets.

It seemed, said our guy, that the most steely-nerved, plain-written, just-the-facts scribe gets all mushy (even worse than with their kids) on the subject of their dog or cat.

Godiva, 6 yrs, lymphosarcoma
Cleo, 9 yrs, presumed heart attack
"Everybody knows torties are crazy!"

Posted by: ThresherK on January 4, 2007 at 8:28 PM | PERMALINK

my kitties and I offer you our condolences.

i had a cat with heart murmur too. one morning he was fine, running around and playing with the other cat, when i got home from work, he had been dead several hours. it's a disconcerting and sudden way to lose a pet.

Posted by: e1 on January 4, 2007 at 8:33 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Grimmstail on January 4, 2007 at 8:35 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, I know that Jasmine sits with the King of the Cats tonight. My condolences.

Posted by: Jim Kennedy on January 4, 2007 at 8:36 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

I'm so sorry about Jasmine. I am a frequent reader and I live with what could be Jasmine's and Inkblot's twins, a tabby named Duncan and a gray-and-white version of Inkblot named Jean Luc (although I suspsect my versions are a lot chubbier). Cats are interesting, frustrating and surprisingly sweet companions and I'm so sorry you've lost one of your pals. Best to your wife and to Inkblot too.

Posted by: Anne on January 4, 2007 at 8:36 PM | PERMALINK

Very sorry to hear of your loss, Kevin. Poor Jasmine, she was such a character! My cat Tony, who I lost a year or so ago, watched me prepare every single meal I made while I had him -- about nine years. I still miss his supervision.

Posted by: ahab on January 4, 2007 at 8:37 PM | PERMALINK

Very sorry for your loss.

Posted by: chris on January 4, 2007 at 8:37 PM | PERMALINK

Our three felines send their condolences to your household on your terrible loss. May Jasmine enjoy Kittie Heaven.

All felines everywhere are celebrating the opening of our Democratic Congress

"All animals except Man know that the ultimate purpose of life is to enjoy it" - Samuel Butler

Posted by: daCascadian on January 4, 2007 at 8:43 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Soviet Canuckastani on January 4, 2007 at 8:44 PM | PERMALINK

Adding my voice to the chorus sending deepest sympathies. Take care of yourselves.

Posted by: Nechton on January 4, 2007 at 8:47 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, I'm sorry to hear that.

Posted by: cleek on January 4, 2007 at 8:48 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry for your loss. I've never forgotten the warmth and joy from my childhood cat, now gone about a decade.

Posted by: dcgiants on January 4, 2007 at 8:55 PM | PERMALINK

Dear Inkblot: My feeder person, Yellow Dog, tells me your beautiful sister has passed on to the next life. My dear older sister Artemis disappeared into the woods three years ago. I thought I would never get over it, but the next month, Yellow Dog brought me a new little sister. I fell in love with her immediately, and I still let her eat first from the bowl. I hope Kevin brings you a new sister soon.

Posted by: Orion on January 4, 2007 at 8:55 PM | PERMALINK

I've never commented on a blog before, but I feel the need to offer you my sympathies.

Posted by: kennyminot on January 4, 2007 at 8:56 PM | PERMALINK

*Hugs* Sorry for your loss. I had the same thing happen with a cat of mine. She probably threw a clot from a weak heart. They get caught in the arteries that split down their legs and they're gone in minutes. Nothing you could have done. Remember the good and sweet dreams tonight.

Posted by: Hub on January 4, 2007 at 8:56 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, 6 years ago my roommates cat had to be put to sleep because of severe complications from diabetes. I had given the big, old hunk of fur his insulin injections twice daily for about 6 months, because my roommate could hardly bear to do it. The cat slept with me every night I lived in that small, NYC apartment, and I was not able to sleep for months after he was gone. My eyes teared up and I'm crying even as I type this, remembering that big, fat, gentle giant of a kitty. I do send my condolences to you and Marian. Words fail me at this point....

Posted by: Priscilla, Queen of the Beach on January 4, 2007 at 8:58 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry to hear it. So sad. It's very hard to lose a sweetly significant piece of day-to-day life such as one of our pet-family members. Condolences from my husband, our cat, Ptolemy (a nearly 8 year old hearty Siamese mix who likes to sleep on my legs) and me. (I feel certain that my 2 former kitties must be around to give Ptolemy a little playful spook now and then.)

Thanks for posting the sweet photo. I'm only glad you were with her when it happened so you know she didn't suffer very long and she knew you were near.

Heartfelt thoughts to the three of you and to Jasmine, wherever she is napping, playing, or otherwise enjoying being a cat.

Take care of yourself and each other.

Deanna

Posted by: Deanna on January 4, 2007 at 8:58 PM | PERMALINK

My deepest condolences Kevin. May happy Jasmine memories live on.

Posted by: turfgrrl on January 4, 2007 at 9:00 PM | PERMALINK

Heart attack, huh? Do you think it might have been all the Virginia ham?

Posted by: dfranklin on January 4, 2007 at 9:04 PM | PERMALINK

Condolences, Kevin.

Posted by: Zeno on January 4, 2007 at 9:06 PM | PERMALINK

I as so sorry for your loss, Kevin. One of the nicest things I have read on the death of a cat was at the end of a Kinky Friedman mystery, Elvis, Jesus, and Coca-Cola. In that remembrance of his cat was the following quote:

"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan."
Irving Townsend

Posted by: Mazurka on January 4, 2007 at 9:10 PM | PERMALINK

My sympathies, Kevin. I'll miss her too.

Posted by: Sumana Harihareswara on January 4, 2007 at 9:13 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry for your loss, Kevin. Jasimine has been a big part of my life as a blogger fan. One of the first blogs I bookmarked was CalPundit, because of your Friday catblogging posts; Jasimine was one of the co-founders of my personal, virtual family. I will miss her.
Take care,

Jim

Posted by: jim on January 4, 2007 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,
Cats do not have heart attacks, or myocardial infarction. They do, to the tune of 1 in 50, have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The condition causes the muscle in the heart to thicken and crowd the chambers. The blood flow is then stalled and forced to flow in a turbulent and not laminar fashion. The result is clot formation in the heart. The clot, if in the right side of the heart, is eventually discharged and blocks blood flow into the lungs. This 'pulmonary embolism' is almost immediately fatal. The cat experiences acute pain then the lack of oxygenated blood causes cerebral death. Again, it is quite fast. If the clot is in the left side of the heart it travels to the narrow portion of the aorta that splits to supply blood to the rear limbs. These cats become acutely paraplegic and often are in excruciating agony. Jasmine had the kinder form.
The disease used to be called the 'great silent killer of cats' as diagnosis prior to the advent of ultrasound was difficult and other than a murmur it gives no advanced notice. If diagnosed there is treatment.
Cats are the greatest gift of God...and as a famous philosopher once said "Given to man so that we might know what it is like to hold a Tiger in our hands". I have 8 of them, one that has a remarkable resemblance to Inkblot.
My wife and I send our sympathies,
Richard

Posted by: Richard (DVM) on January 4, 2007 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry about the loss Kevin.

My sympathies to you and your wife.

Posted by: smedleybutler on January 4, 2007 at 9:26 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences, Kevin. I'm so sorry.

Posted by: mcjoan on January 4, 2007 at 9:29 PM | PERMALINK

RIP Jasmine, and condolences to you and Marian, Kevin. I know it is hard when you are used to seeing your kitties in certain places in the house at their routine times. It does leave a hole in the household fabric. Jasmine was a lovely cat-blogging subject and I'm glad she didn't suffer.

Posted by: Dawn on January 4, 2007 at 9:40 PM | PERMALINK

Time spent with cats is never wasted. Give yourself a few weeks and then adopt a cat that needs a good home. Jasmine would approve.

Posted by: Mary on January 4, 2007 at 9:45 PM | PERMALINK

I disagree that mice go to Cat Heaven. That would be quite unfair, wouldn't it? Mice go to Mice Heaven, where there is oodles of cheese and chewy things that smell good, and no cats or owls or snakes.

In Cat Heaven there are shiny jangly balls of tinsel and bells that scurry around the clouds, and smell just like mice.

Sadness throughout your readership, Kevin. It is good that she did not suffer long, as it happens for some. Loss of loved ones is so tragic and so universal.

Our thoughts and sentiments to you and your family from Central Florida.

Posted by: Greg in FL on January 4, 2007 at 9:57 PM | PERMALINK

Three years ago almost to the day, while I was brushing my teeth, i heard strange yowls in the other room and within a minute my sweet 8 year old cat Kirby was dead--I called my mom and cried like a babe. i feel for you my cyber-friend and your wife. Luckily, Kirby had a step-sister Eliot who still snuggles at the foot of the bed, but we both still miss her. Best

Posted by: stevie.g on January 4, 2007 at 9:57 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry, Kevin. Ever since your CalPundit days, I looked forward to Friday Catblogging and the ongoing antics of Jasmine and Inkblot. Remember the good times - she was clearly a loving companion.

Posted by: LarryB on January 4, 2007 at 9:58 PM | PERMALINK

Sincere condolences to you and your family, Kevin. Jasmine touched many hearts in her time here on earth, thanks to your sharing her with all of us.

Posted by: Emily on January 4, 2007 at 10:04 PM | PERMALINK

Our wondrous kitty, Tiffany, died suddenly on New Year's morning, much the same way that Jasmine died -- she had a spasm and then was gone.

My condolences, Kevin, as I know exactly how bereft you're feeling.

Posted by: Damien on January 4, 2007 at 10:04 PM | PERMALINK

I second LarryB, I still recall fondly the Calpundit setting sun graphic and the genuine pleasure of seeing your girls on Fridays - how strange to think of that as "back in the day." I'm so sad for you, but thanks for sharing. Condolences to your wife and Inkblot.

Posted by: garbo on January 4, 2007 at 10:05 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry for your loss, Kevin.

Jasmine's will be big pawprints to follow, but I hope you find another furry friend soon. Do it for Inkblot.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on January 4, 2007 at 10:06 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry, Kevin.

Posted by: pol on January 4, 2007 at 10:07 PM | PERMALINK

I am so sorry, Kevin, that is incredibly sad. I will miss her, too, even though I only knew her through your blog.

Posted by: DanM on January 4, 2007 at 10:07 PM | PERMALINK

My sympathies, Kevin. Jasmine was a beauty.

Posted by: jay boilswater on January 4, 2007 at 10:15 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, what heartbreaking news! I am so sorry. Thank you for sharing Jasmine with us so unforgettably!

If the experience of love is the best evidence for life after death, the animals we have loved are surely there.

Posted by: Leaves on the Current on January 4, 2007 at 10:26 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry to read this. My sincere condolences. Thanks for sharing not just your great political commentary, but some sad personal news as well-- I think all us readers appreciate you letting us in a little bit and makes our sympathy all the more sincere.

Posted by: Steve on January 4, 2007 at 10:26 PM | PERMALINK

Loss hurts; I respect your openness about it. My heartfelt condolences.

Posted by: Ripley on January 4, 2007 at 10:28 PM | PERMALINK

We lost one of our cats about a month ago--so I know what you're going through at the moment. So sorry.

Posted by: jb on January 4, 2007 at 10:32 PM | PERMALINK

My deepest condolences.

Posted by: gregor on January 4, 2007 at 10:32 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, I'm so sorry. Condolences. Jasmine was a real cutey, and always seemed great, particularly for a cat.

You & Marian & Jasmine are in our thoughts.

Posted by: MDtoMN on January 4, 2007 at 10:34 PM | PERMALINK

We all know that you are devastated right now, when a beloved member of the family goes over the Rainbow Bridge it can be almost unbearable.

There is a great support forum here at BestFriends.org for prayers and grieving.

http://network.bestfriends.org/MessageBoards/Forum.aspx?f=37

Posted by: arteclectic on January 4, 2007 at 10:39 PM | PERMALINK

P.S. Kevin, if it's at all possible, let Inkblot see Jasmine's body or at least sniff some of her fur. It will be a shock, but it will also help him heal. He'll know what happened (trust me on this) rather than thinking a predator got her or something, and searching for her fruitlessly.

We had two marvellous orange tabbies, male twins, for many years, and when the first one had to be put to sleep, we brought his body home so his brother could see it. The little guy looked utterly stricken and immediately hid under the bed for an hour--but then he seemed to be okay, and went on to keep giving us great happiness for another four years before dying of old age.

Cats can process much more than we generally give them credit for--but then, you knew that, didn't you?

Blessings to all who loved Jasmine, most definitely including Inkblot.

Posted by: Leaves on the Current on January 4, 2007 at 10:42 PM | PERMALINK

Jasmine and Inkblot have become dear to all of us who read you regualrly, Kevin. I'm so sorry for your loss. As many have said, take comfort in the thought that she had a wonderful spirited life, and was cherished.

Posted by: MaryLou on January 4, 2007 at 10:42 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry about your loss, Mr. Drum.

Posted by: sglover on January 4, 2007 at 10:43 PM | PERMALINK

I'll miss seeing her and reading about her here.

My condolences to you, Marian, and Inkblot.

Posted by: fermicat on January 4, 2007 at 10:44 PM | PERMALINK

I am very sorry and hope that you all are coping well.

Posted by: reader on January 4, 2007 at 10:44 PM | PERMALINK

Our cats (and dogs) are with us for such a short time. But, they provide companionship and happiness that lasts a lifetime.

It is not possible to replace any of them. But, it is possible to find room for another furry friend to help us through our lives.

My sincere condolences.

Posted by: MLuther on January 4, 2007 at 10:47 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry to hear the bad news.

I had to put down my 13-year-old cat Bernard six months ago -- he had an undiagnosed bowel problem that suddenly turned into a systemic infection, and then incurable toxic shock, all in the matter of about six hours. I still miss him sumptin' awful.

You had a good life with Jasmine, and you were so lucky that she adopted you as her own.

Aloha.

Posted by: Ron Jeremy, Adult Film Legend on January 4, 2007 at 10:48 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. It's been wonderful knowing Jasmine vicariously through your posts - Friday cat blogging is one of the best things on the Internet. You're in my thoughts.

Posted by: cec on January 4, 2007 at 10:48 PM | PERMALINK

You must feel terrible, Kevin. I can only imagine how I'll feel when my little Clara (gray, seven years old in August) has to die. And Jasmine was such a cutie! My condolences to you and Marian, and to Inkblot as well.

Posted by: ChristianPinko on January 4, 2007 at 10:50 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin.

Not your fav fan, but that shit hurts.

Best to you.

We got bad news tonite also.

Fucking Sucks!

.

Posted by: agave on January 4, 2007 at 10:51 PM | PERMALINK

Dear Kevin...never saw your blog before..my other half showed me the sweet picture of your Jasmine. My heart is with you, I can only imagine. When my big heaver is curled up on my hip at night either spewing his kitty spit around as he cleans himself or snoring softly (or loudly sometimes) I wonder what I would ever do without him. Rest assured, your Jasmine is still with you. And the next time you cook a ham, know that she will be supervising. With love...D

Posted by: Debra Faulconer on January 4, 2007 at 10:59 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: Brian on January 4, 2007 at 10:59 PM | PERMALINK

Condolences. At least it was relatively quick with little suffering. For that and the nine years you had with her, you can be grateful.

Posted by: Miles on January 4, 2007 at 11:01 PM | PERMALINK

Condolences and deepest sympathies.

Posted by: has407 on January 4, 2007 at 11:02 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, so sad.

I hope there are frisky mice and a few soft pillows, too.

Posted by: Culture of Truth on January 4, 2007 at 11:03 PM | PERMALINK

That's so damn young.

Sorry you had to see it but glad she went so quickly.

I'll miss your pictures of her.

Posted by: B on January 4, 2007 at 11:03 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin -- I'm so sorry.

Posted by: hilzoy on January 4, 2007 at 11:06 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences, Kevin. And take extra special care of Inkblot; I have a feeling he's going to feel rather lonely the next few days.

R.I.P., Jasmine.

Posted by: Vincent on January 4, 2007 at 11:07 PM | PERMALINK

If there's a cat heaven, I hope Jasmine is there

If so, bet she meets up with LC.
Best Cat ever. Even tho he didn't make to a year old (died of FIP) he was like a gift to us at just the right time. Found him in the rain in the woods, crying. About as big as my hand.

What a buddy he was.

.

Posted by: agave on January 4, 2007 at 11:09 PM | PERMALINK

What a shame, Kevin. My sympathy to you and your wife.

Posted by: Zathras on January 4, 2007 at 11:16 PM | PERMALINK

At first I thought you were being sarcastic about her helping you sleep better, but I guess I can see it. A few well timed cat paws to the eye socket and bits of hair in the nose could easily distract your brain from worrying about bigger things.

Posted by: B on January 4, 2007 at 11:18 PM | PERMALINK

"P.S. Kevin, if it's at all possible, let Inkblot see Jasmine's body or at least sniff some of her fur. It will be a shock, but it will also help him heal. He'll know what happened (trust me on this) rather than thinking a predator got her or something, and searching for her fruitlessly.

"We had two marvellous orange tabbies, male twins, for many years, and when the first one had to be put to sleep, we brought his body home so his brother could see it. The little guy looked utterly stricken and immediately hid under the bed for an hour -- but then he seemed to be okay, and went on to keep giving us great happiness for another four years before dying of old age."

I'll definitely go along with that. In the 1970s we had two cats who had been extremely close friends since kittenhood, and when Siege developed feline leukemia and had to be euthanized we made the mistake of not bringing his body home for Spider to see. Spider immediately jumped to the conclusion that Siege had gotten out of the house, went into a severe depression to the point that we had to force-feed him for a month, and -- although he mostly recovered emotionally -- then spent fully the remaining 13 years of his life regularly calling out through open windows and doors to see if he could get Siege to come back from wherever outdoors he thought he had gone. It was heartbreaking, and we always regretted not giving him the chance to realize that Siege, at least, had not gotten lost outdoors permanently.

Posted by: Bruce Moomaw on January 4, 2007 at 11:23 PM | PERMALINK

Your catblogging about Jasmine is a treasure. My heartfelt condolences to you. Still miss our feline companion Spencer, who died in 2000.

Posted by: PS on January 4, 2007 at 11:26 PM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: MF on January 4, 2007 at 11:28 PM | PERMALINK

You have my sympathy. Here's a poem that was some comfort to me when my older cat died back in October '03-- a friend found it in the New Yorker.

On the Death of a Cat

In, life death
was nothing
to you: I am

willing to wager
my soul that it
simply never occurred

to your nightmareless
mind, while sleep
was everything

(see it raised
to an infinite
power and perfection)--no death

in you then, so now
how even less. Dear stealth
of innocence

licked polished
to an evil
lustre, little

milk fang, whiskered
night
friend--

go.

-- Franz Wright

(Damn, now I'm tearing up again just reading it.)

Posted by: Dave Pooser on January 4, 2007 at 11:29 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences for you loss, Kevin. Having lost many pets throughout my life, I know exactly how large that empty spot will be-in your bed and in your life.

I wouldn't know what to do if Lucifer wasn't plunked down at the end of the bed, right at me feet, making no effort at all to move when I turn over, or move my feet to a more comfortable position. As irritating as it can be, there is a sense of comfort, and love, that just can not be replaced.

Posted by: Rook on January 4, 2007 at 11:29 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin -- I'm so sorry.

Posted by: Moana on January 4, 2007 at 11:30 PM | PERMALINK

Sympathy and condolences, Kevin.

I hope it gives you some comfort to know she had a wonderful life with you.

Posted by: CaseyL on January 4, 2007 at 11:34 PM | PERMALINK

Wow. Very, very sorry to read this.

My doggy is 8 now, and I'm starting to wonder how much more of her antics we are going to be entitled to.

My condolences.

Posted by: craigie on January 4, 2007 at 11:34 PM | PERMALINK

RIP, Jasmine.

My condolences to your family and you, Kevin.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 4, 2007 at 11:36 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry Kevin, my wife and I have four cats including the most recent addition, Yoshi, a Maine coon cat I adopted last year who has a heart murmur. (picture here: http://photoglyph-cats.buzznet.com/user/photos/?id=
2376623

I am way too attached to the cats and can really feel feel the loss. At least you were there with her when it happened -for what it's worth.

Maybe you could put up a photo-site with as many pics of Jasmine as you post?

-Brian

Posted by: Brian on January 4, 2007 at 11:37 PM | PERMALINK

make that "As many photos as you CAN post?"

Posted by: Brian on January 4, 2007 at 11:39 PM | PERMALINK

a perfectly beautiful cat. my sympathy to you and yours.

Posted by: Ty on January 4, 2007 at 11:43 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry, Kevin.

Posted by: Dave Howard on January 4, 2007 at 11:47 PM | PERMALINK

Hap Kliban has a good illustration of cat heaven in his book "Cat". It's called "Nit and the Ham Tree".

One of our cats visits the ham tree in her sleep.

Posted by: rewolfrats on January 4, 2007 at 11:50 PM | PERMALINK

Argh, so sorry to hear about that passing, Kevin. I have a soft spot for pets, so I really empathize with you. I have a dog myself, and would be crushed if she were to die.

However, it should be noted, that your cat lived in a loving house, where it was well-cared for. So while she did pass, she lived a great life. Be happy for that when you start to feel sad.

Posted by: Boorring on January 4, 2007 at 11:54 PM | PERMALINK

My deepest sympathies on your loss...

It's so good, though, to see so many people who understand the incredible bond that forms between us humans and our furry friends. It's a special, powerful kind of wordless love that speaks to the capacity for 'goodness' in all of us.

Posted by: nepeta on January 5, 2007 at 12:01 AM | PERMALINK

So sorry for your loss Kevin. I've followed your cat-bloging since Calpundit......Yours in Peace.......R.L.

Posted by: R.L. on January 5, 2007 at 12:03 AM | PERMALINK

I've had cats for over 30 years now, so I've lost a few. There's no good way to lose a cat. But quick and with the cat's owner (or "staff", as cats think of us) at hand can't be the worst way. Condolences, and thanks for all the great photos.

Posted by: Robert Levine on January 5, 2007 at 12:08 AM | PERMALINK

Recently we had both a cat and a dog die within three weeks of each other. My six year old daughter watched with me as our cat passed away. It was not a quiet going and we both cried. I believe that she contracted feline leukemia. She was a very gentle and sweet kitty. She probably got it from the obnoxious siamese cat that picked on her outside.

We had already known that our dog had cancer and his time was coming. He was a extremely loyal mutt named chaparral, so named because he blended in with the chaparral whenever we went hiking. I also called him variously: chappa rappa and chapasaurus rex and chaparral the skunky runty boy since he loved to harrass skunks and always got skunked for it (which I'd have to wash off usually late some freezing cold night). On the night of his passing there was a full moon out (he wanted to be outside) and it felt like the right time. He had gotten very weak to where he could barely move (which was hard to take since he was the most energetic and stubborn animal I'd ever known). I laid him on a sleeping bag under the mulberry tree in the front yard and covered him so that he'd be warm. Then I laid another next to him and slept by him. Throughout the night I woke to check on him and his breathing seemed to be getting more difficult. Finally in the middle of the night I woke then started to drift to sleep again when I suddenly realized that I didn't hear his breathing. I quickly checked on him to find that he was gone. I went in and told the wife then went back out and finished the rest of the night next to him. We buried him near our cat.

I gotta say that I think I've always preferred animals over people. Most people who have animals understand why.

Sorry about your family loss.

Posted by: Chappa Rappa on January 5, 2007 at 12:25 AM | PERMALINK

My condolences.

Sounds more like she had a stroke. At least it was quick, but sometimes that's worse when you aren't expecting it. And tho she was in her prime years, with the murmur and without the great home and people she had as her humans, she might not have made it this long.

Now she's chasing mice and taking long naps in Elysian Fields.

Posted by: NeoLotus on January 5, 2007 at 12:35 AM | PERMALINK

Condolences...

On a lighter note, I see it says "Virginia Ham- Edwards"

I thought Edwards was the North Carolina ham.

Posted by: MikeN on January 5, 2007 at 12:41 AM | PERMALINK

Like everyone who has ever lost a pet, I share your grief.

Posted by: Ken D. on January 5, 2007 at 12:44 AM | PERMALINK

Maui and I send condolences to Marian, Kevin, and Inkblot.

Posted by: G. Jones on January 5, 2007 at 12:47 AM | PERMALINK

Very sad to lose such a beloved companion. Sorry for your loss.

Posted by: CKT on January 5, 2007 at 12:52 AM | PERMALINK

Oh noo! I'm so sorry, Kevin. Jasmine was such a pretty girl.

Posted by: kc on January 5, 2007 at 12:52 AM | PERMALINK

As a longtime reader from the CalPundit days, when Inkblot and Jasmine were regular Friday visitors to the blog, my heartfelt condolences.

-fyreflye

Posted by: fyreflye on January 5, 2007 at 12:57 AM | PERMALINK

Wow. Horrible news is right. May she rest in peace Kevin. She had a good home and a good life. Don't be surprised if she visits once in a while.

In the meantime, condolences. It's hard to lose one.

Posted by: jcricket on January 5, 2007 at 12:57 AM | PERMALINK

I had a cat lived with my family from I was in Elementary School to I got married. She died 17 yrs old. My condolence.

Posted by: RunMeloRun on January 5, 2007 at 1:07 AM | PERMALINK

I'm terribly sorry Kevin. It's hard to lose a long-time pet.

Posted by: Chukuriuk on January 5, 2007 at 1:14 AM | PERMALINK

very sorry about your loss.

Posted by: punaise on January 5, 2007 at 1:21 AM | PERMALINK

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Take care.

Posted by: TRex on January 5, 2007 at 1:28 AM | PERMALINK

So sorry, Kevin. There will never be another Jasmine.

Even so (in my experience as a lifelong cat-lover), the only useful solace is to acquire another cat. Good for the new cat, and good for its new family.

Posted by: CatelynK on January 5, 2007 at 1:32 AM | PERMALINK

Good cat must go to heaven, otherwise what would be the point of the rest of us going there. Condolences, Scott

Posted by: SNHEND on January 5, 2007 at 1:39 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin-condolences. I've lost a few cats over the years. We'll be thinking of her.

Posted by: URK on January 5, 2007 at 1:48 AM | PERMALINK

Sounds like a pretty nice demise: healthy up until the end, then a quick out while surrounded by family. We can only hope for a similar end.

Posted by: John on January 5, 2007 at 1:49 AM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry, Kevin.

When we moved to San Antonio 10 years ago, my little Mama Kitty become very stressed, stopped eating, then developed fatty liver disease. After weeks of traumatic forced feedings and vet visits, and no discernible turn for the better, I decided to have her put to sleep. It was the most horrible and painful decision I've ever made. I still mourn her. Her son, Snorkel (who is now banging on the door to come into the kitchen, bless his long black tail!), is now 16 years old. I dread his passing. I only hope that he goes quickly and does not suffer from disease like Mama Kitty did.

Kevin, know that there are many cat lovers out there thinking of you and Jasmine. Cats are very special creatures. I can't imagine what life would be like without them.

Posted by: san antone rose on January 5, 2007 at 1:53 AM | PERMALINK

As others have contributed poems I thought I share his one by John Updike. I first read it in a college english class. I know it's not about cats but the love's the same.

Dog's Death

She must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a car.
Too young to know much, she was beginning to learn
To use the newspapers spread on the kitchen floor
And to win, wetting there, the words, "Good dog! Good dog!"


We thought her shy malaise was a shot reaction.
The autopsy disclosed a rupture in her liver.
As we teased her with play, blood was filling her skin
And her heart was learning to lie down forever.


Monday morning, as the children were noisily fed
And sent to school, she crawled beneath the youngest's bed.
We found her twisted and limp but still alive.
In the car to the vet's, on my lap, she tried


To bite my hand and died. I stroked her warm fur
And my wife called in a voice imperious with tears.
Though surrounded by love that would have upheld her,
Nevertheless she sank and, stiffening, disappeared.


Back home, we found that in the night her frame,
Drawing near to dissolution, had endured the shame
Of diarrhoea and had dragged across the floor
To a newspaper carelessly left there. Good dog.

--John Updike

Posted by: Chappa Rappa on January 5, 2007 at 1:59 AM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry for your loss, Kevin. I'm another longtime reader who fondly remembers Jasmine from your Calpundit cat-blogging days.

Posted by: maurinsky on January 5, 2007 at 2:08 AM | PERMALINK

Sorry for your loss. They're such wonderful creatures.

Posted by: KH on January 5, 2007 at 2:15 AM | PERMALINK

jasmine ROCKED. she was lucky to have such a blessed life.

it's part of having a pet...they don't live as long as us.

i have two cats right now...lost one after 19 years a few months ago...

when you are ready, get a kitten.

www.dailykitten.com

i know you are sad about the death, but there's a learning experience here. with time, you will celebrate the life!

peace,

neal in long beach

Posted by: neal on January 5, 2007 at 3:39 AM | PERMALINK

To everything, there is a season ...

Posted by: sigh on January 5, 2007 at 4:14 AM | PERMALINK

jayarbee, everyone here cedes the moral high ground to you. Unlike the rest of us, who understand Kevin's position on the needless loss of human life in Iraq, yet still sympathize with him tonight—unlike us, you chose to turn another example of Kevin's decency into an indictment of his, well, decency. Would that I could ignore the source of that decency and proclaim my moral superiority with such brazen hypocrisy, but alas! I lack the powerful intellect and unimpeachable integrity required to kick someone when they're down.

I'm sorry for your loss, Kevin, and hope you the best in the year to come.

Posted by: Scott Eric Kaufman on January 5, 2007 at 4:53 AM | PERMALINK

As a friend of cats, and someone who has lost more than one in his lifetime, I am very sorry for your loss, Kevin.

Posted by: Paul on January 5, 2007 at 5:42 AM | PERMALINK

I am so very sorry. Tennyson, I think, said it best:
Oh death in life
The days that are no more.

Posted by: Jim M. on January 5, 2007 at 5:50 AM | PERMALINK

Through reading your blog every day for the past few years, I came to be very fond of Jasmine, and am sorry for your loss. I hope it's some comfort that you have a world-wide community sharing condolences with you and Marian. From a fellow cat lover and loser.

Posted by: joanbeach4 on January 5, 2007 at 5:51 AM | PERMALINK

Darn it, Kevin, I'm so sorry. For many years, I had two cats. When C.C. died, I was quite surprized at how much more the survivor, Tapestry bonded with me after her litter mates death.

Inkblot will be needing you more than ever.

Posted by: Keith G on January 5, 2007 at 6:00 AM | PERMALINK

I know what it means to see a healthy animal die suddenly - 2 years ago my beloved cat threw a blod clot at midnight, becoming suddenly paralyzed from the chest down, and had to be put down immediately. But time does reduce the grief - and if you adopt another pet soon, that helps too.

Posted by: Kris S. on January 5, 2007 at 6:19 AM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry for your loss. RIP, Jasmine.

Posted by: Susan on January 5, 2007 at 6:37 AM | PERMALINK

My condolences.

Posted by: My Alter Ego on January 5, 2007 at 6:49 AM | PERMALINK

Godspeed, Jasmine.

Posted by: Blame America on January 5, 2007 at 6:51 AM | PERMALINK

So sorry to hear this Kevin. It is very hard to lose a pet, much harder than most people can understand.

Posted by: Michele on January 5, 2007 at 6:52 AM | PERMALINK

My condolences, Kevin. The adventures of Inkblot and Jasmine have been a part of my blog reading since the Calpundit days and she was a lovely cat and friend.

Posted by: Jane Finch on January 5, 2007 at 6:59 AM | PERMALINK

My heartfelt condolences. I have been there and it is not fun.

Posted by: Creature on January 5, 2007 at 7:40 AM | PERMALINK

So the greater dramas play on. Perhaps that leaves us speechless. Or perhaps we work quietly on other fronts.
This is a blog.
For those of us who don't comment often, and who don't really enjoy the back and forth of the smacking put-downs in the usual comments section,
this is our chance to say hello.
And we're here, and listening.
There's some poetry left in life, and beauty lives on. Rest in peace, Jasmine.
Kevin, write on.

Posted by: el on January 5, 2007 at 8:10 AM | PERMALINK

I am sorry you lost Jasmine, as have in a way all of us who read this blog and enjoy the pictures. My Zeke would be sorry too, but all he is thinking about just now is biding his time until he can open the door to the living room and whizz over everything in there. Even in that he is loveable -- or almost so. Did we get "cat" from the Latin catullus, "little furry thing," "kitty," already a diminuitive, probably affectionate? Caressing and cooing over these baby-sized armfuls does us good, and there's no higher non-human compliment than their love, just because it stems from their pure self-interested amour propre. May you remember Jasmine's funny dignity as she would have wanted to be remembered, with delight.

Posted by: Dabodius on January 5, 2007 at 8:13 AM | PERMALINK

My tabby, DJ just gave me a kiss. I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Wombat on January 5, 2007 at 8:22 AM | PERMALINK

Terribly sorry to hear it, Kevin. I hope she's supervising the cooking of a 1000 Virginia hams for everyone in cat heaven.

Posted by: Tom Burka on January 5, 2007 at 8:41 AM | PERMALINK

Very sad indeed. Will miss those pictures.

Posted by: Chris O. on January 5, 2007 at 8:55 AM | PERMALINK

Sniff, sniff.

Posted by: ET on January 5, 2007 at 9:02 AM | PERMALINK

Listen up, all of you meece frolicking in "Kitty Heaven", your gravy train days are over.

There's a new Huntress in town.

And she will be the one to be a'frolickin.

Condolences, Kevin

Posted by: thethirdPaul on January 5, 2007 at 9:04 AM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry about your loss, Kevin.

Hang in there.

Posted by: Matt on January 5, 2007 at 9:05 AM | PERMALINK

As I read this thread, I hear the neighbor's small dog barking downstairs, as she invariably does when I come home late (I live in a duplex). Good watchdog! Hearing her makes me think about the dogs and cats my family has owned over the years, and how devastated we were by their losses. It isn't easy.

To Jasmine, thanks for bringing love to Kevin and his family, and now that you're in cat heaven, say hi to Ajax (he's the friendly tuxedo cat).

Posted by: Vincent on January 5, 2007 at 9:05 AM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry.

Posted by: Erin in Flagstaff on January 5, 2007 at 9:10 AM | PERMALINK

Sincere condolences, Kevin, on the loss of your Jasmine.

Posted by: CatStaff on January 5, 2007 at 9:12 AM | PERMALINK

My deepest condolences. I've been there. It never gets any easier. I hope that at the right time you can offer your love and your home to another sweet animal who needs them both. It's the best way to honor and remember Jasmine.

Posted by: Mark on January 5, 2007 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

So sorry to hear of your loss. I hope your Jasmine is curled up close to my very dear kitties in Cat Heaven, taking a well deserved nap after a big supper.

Posted by: Joe on January 5, 2007 at 9:17 AM | PERMALINK

i am always astounded by the size of the void that is left when a pet passes. i hope your recovery is quick, kd, but do enjoy the memories--she was a fine cat who presence will be missed on these internets.

p.s. why do we cook virginia hams? they are already dried and cured...i have a feeling that, by her look of impatience, jasmine was asking the same question in the photo.

Posted by: larrybob on January 5, 2007 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

Thank you for sharing Jasmine with us over the years. It was by your great love of cats that I decided, years ago upon first encountering your site, that you must be a good liberal who was worth continuing to read.

My own two cats are approaching ten years old (still very healthy, thank goodness) and I hope, when the time comes, they suffer as little as Jasmine did.

Posted by: Ryan on January 5, 2007 at 9:27 AM | PERMALINK

My condolences, Kevin,
"If they did not die, it would be too great a Gift to Man."
And the sparks fly upward.

Posted by: pbg on January 5, 2007 at 9:32 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry for the loss of your pal, Kevin.

I still miss my pals I have lost over the years, and adorn my office with pix to remind me. Pets can teach us unconditional love -- something really quite wonderful, and all too lost in the world.

Bless them.

Posted by: E. Henry Thripshaw on January 5, 2007 at 9:36 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry to hear that Kevin, many condolences. I know the feeling. Sadly, our black and white cat (with a cute white "moustache") became emaciated at 18 1/2 and had to be put to sleep on Wednesday. I held him in my lap as he passed away. His "real" named was Boots, but I used to call him "Punk" or "Prick" lots of times. At least I got the closure of knowing he passed quietly away - my girfriend's cat "Krishna" (also the name of my company's IT guy, from India!) slipped out the door when her drunken brother left it ajar, and she can't find him after two weeks. We can only hope that someone good took him in.

Posted by: Neil B. on January 5, 2007 at 9:51 AM | PERMALINK

:-(

Posted by: SweettP2063 on January 5, 2007 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

I feel like I've lost a family member. Jasmine was one of the original catblogging cats, and as such she is an immortal icon of catbloggery, thanks to you.

The grief of this kind of loss is wrenching, but when one door closes, another opens. The best tribute you can give Jasmine is to open your home and hearts to another kitty who needs a home.

Posted by: Jill on January 5, 2007 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing Jasmime with us; I always enjoyed seeing her on cat-blogging days.

Posted by: Kim H on January 5, 2007 at 10:01 AM | PERMALINK

Bummer. I love my Mousehound too...

Posted by: Red State Mike on January 5, 2007 at 10:02 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin- I'm so, so sorry. I look forward to your cat blogging and I will miss her too. Take care.

Posted by: greynoldsct00 on January 5, 2007 at 10:09 AM | PERMALINK

She was beautiful. Remember her as the love you continue to share in her memory.

Posted by: Stacy on January 5, 2007 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

My condolences to you and your family. I know how cats become part of the family. I think, when you are up to it, a Jasmine Retrospective would be a nice Cyber Wake for the rest of us.

Posted by: molly bloom on January 5, 2007 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

I think we will all miss Jasmine. She will be remembered as a pioneer of the blogosphere.

Posted by: SJ on January 5, 2007 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

That's terrible.

We're all certain she loves you and forgives you for jumping the gun and posting this on a Thursday.

Posted by: toast on January 5, 2007 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

So sorry for your loss. She's a beautiful baby.

Posted by: CLD on January 5, 2007 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

I am so, so sorry Kevin. My wife and I have cats about that age (both with heart mumurs). My very best to you and Marian.

Posted by: John on January 5, 2007 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin and family,

I just have to add my sympathies to the hundreds already received. I've had many cats over the years, and they are just such wonderful, warm companions, it is hard to express how big the hole is when you lose them.

Earlier this year we had to put down our 21 year old calico. My consolation? Knowing that no matter how painful the loss, I wouldn't trade it for all the good times we had.

Posted by: Gex on January 5, 2007 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

They're family. It doesn't matter whether they live with us a few months, a few years or a couple of decades...it hurts like hell when they go.

Sympathy and healing hugs to you and Marion.

Posted by: Lorax on January 5, 2007 at 10:25 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin and Family -
We're really sorry for your loss. We have four cats and two kids, so we know how deeply this cuts. Nine years - that's an end of an era. Please accept our condolensces.

Posted by: MaxGowan on January 5, 2007 at 10:26 AM | PERMALINK

Jasmine, I didn't know you, but thank you for making Kevin's life better. You'll be missed.

Posted by: merciless on January 5, 2007 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

You have many friends out here, Kevin and Marian, who will mourn your loss alongside you. Peace be with you.

Posted by: mdsand on January 5, 2007 at 10:49 AM | PERMALINK

Looking at the pic of Jasmine, I realized how much she resembled Boots, my own cat that was put to rest two days ago that I told of above. Boots had the white boots, but he had a distinct "moustache", and a pretty face altho' a guy; hence, "Prick", on analogy to the usual cat nomenclature as well as a behavioral reference....)

I too am glad that Boots lived to see the Democrats win back Congress. He liked to play with his 6" George Bush cat toy doll, which all around watched with evident glee. Sometimes my mother slipped up and called Boots "Bush" by mistake, after which we would apologize for the insult. (My mother despises George Bush and once said of his supporters: "They like him because he's dumb like them." Kevin wrote back, to an email where I quoted her: "Your mother is right.")

If I can find a picture of him with the toy, I will post a link (someone else put a link to their cat with this same toy on these pages, or was it in Atrios, some months ago.)

Posted by: Neil B. on January 5, 2007 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

I've looked forward to the Friday catblogging more than I ever thought I would. I second Jill's suggestion--a good way to honor Jasmine might be to make room for a feline foundling.

Posted by: david ware on January 5, 2007 at 10:54 AM | PERMALINK

I've always enjoyed the catblogging. My condolences.

Posted by: Ernst on January 5, 2007 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

May I add a third to those of Jill and David Ware - May a lovely, perhaps Burmese, from the pound or a rescue organization "adopt" you, Kevin.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on January 5, 2007 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin, Marian, and Inkblot--so, so sorry for the loss of Jasmine. I've been an admirer for years. She no doubt had a very good life with you all.

When I lost my much loved Camus to feline AIDS a few years ago, I couldn't imagine getting another cat and experiencing such profound grief again. So I sponsored an "unadoptable" cat at a local no-kill shelter. We've since added three cats to the mix. They love to play in the catnip at Camus's grave.

Posted by: skywater on January 5, 2007 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

My condolences to you and Marian.

Posted by: Goof Beyou on January 5, 2007 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

Oh dear.

I am so sorry to hear this. It is very hard to say good bye to such a loved family member.

My condolences.

Posted by: four legs good on January 5, 2007 at 11:17 AM | PERMALINK

If there's a cat heaven, I hope Jasmine is there, eternally chasing fat, lazy mice and snacking on spicy tuna. Rest in Peace, sweetie.

Would it that we were all so fortunate.
I'm sorry for your loss.

-GFO

Posted by: GuyFromOhio on January 5, 2007 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

Sorry for you loss, Kevin. Our sincere condolences to Marian and you.

Posted by: bryrock on January 5, 2007 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

Sorry for your loss Kevin. I lost my good friend Spunky a couple months ago and it still hurts a bit.

Posted by: Jake on January 5, 2007 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry for your loss. I feel sure that Jasmine knew how loved and fortunate she was.

Posted by: Jon on January 5, 2007 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

Condolences to Marian, Inkblot, and yourself. I've always enjoyed Friday cat blogging and feel for your loss.

Posted by: umbris on January 5, 2007 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK

Almost 300 posts, but I'm adding mine anyway. Sincere sympathies on the loss of your friend.
. . . jim strain in san diego.

Posted by: Jim Strain on January 5, 2007 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry, that's awful. I lost my cat 6 months ago and I'm still not used to sleeping without him. At least you were there with her in her final moments.

Posted by: The Tim on January 5, 2007 at 12:18 PM | PERMALINK

its hard when you lose a petCHILD. peace Kevin.

Posted by: mestizo on January 5, 2007 at 12:20 PM | PERMALINK

The lifespans of cats and dogs -- among God's greater mistakes. Condolences, Kevin.

Posted by: CJColucci on January 5, 2007 at 12:20 PM | PERMALINK

My own cat Eli is a great joy in my life. My condolences, Kevin. You gave her a great life.

Posted by: David on January 5, 2007 at 12:26 PM | PERMALINK

Of course there's a cat heaven, with fields of catnip, trees for claw sharpening and bird watching, and LOTS of mice to chase. You'll find her waiting for you on the Rainbow Bridge when it's your turn to go.

Posted by: Marion in Savannah on January 5, 2007 at 12:38 PM | PERMALINK

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent; Her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...
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So sorry for your loss.

My 13 year old cat Kismet was just diagnosed with kidney failure. Sub-Q fluid therapy is working great, but I love that cat so hard, and now it's borrowed time.

So many tears.......

Posted by: Larry on January 5, 2007 at 12:49 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, Kevin, I'm so sorry. Jasmine will always be known as one of the cats who inspired Friday cat 'blogging. If there's a kitty Hall of Fame, she oughta be inducted.

Posted by: edub on January 5, 2007 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

Condolences from Lala, Boomer, and the gang.

Posted by: slim on January 5, 2007 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

I am so very sorry, Kevin. I've always enjoyed your pictures of Jasmine and Inkblot. Lucky and the other kitties here wish you well. They liked Jasmine, too.

Posted by: The Countess on January 5, 2007 at 1:18 PM | PERMALINK

That's very sad. I really have tears in my eyes. Edub has Friday-blogged our own cats on his library site in your honor many times. I'm really sorry.

Posted by: April164 on January 5, 2007 at 1:18 PM | PERMALINK

i am so sorry to hear about your cat expiring.
mary

Posted by: mary on January 5, 2007 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

I suspect that if I merely mention, in the midst of this outpouring of sympathy, understanding, compassion, and shared grief over the loss of beloved companion animals, that in the USA alone, more than nine billion animals -- chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, etc. -- are brutally killed every year after enduring lives of abject misery, grotesque suffering and cruel deprivation, so that humans can eat their flesh, and that each and every one of those nine billion animals is an intelligent and sensitive being, just like Jasmine and all of the cats and dogs that we all care for so much, that it would be considered by many readers to be insensitive and in bad taste.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on January 5, 2007 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

Our condolences on the loss of your cat. One of our cats has to sit in my lap when I'm sitting at the computer, she's her right now.

Posted by: Vicki on January 5, 2007 at 1:58 PM | PERMALINK

All of this time lying near the computer, Jasmine was probably researching at Les Chat Salons ways to win the audition at the annual Jellicle Ball, so she can pass on to Heaviside Layer.

May she frolic with Bombalurina, Bustopher Jones and Lady Griddlebone, not to forget Rum Tum Tugger.

She will, indeed, be the Belle of the Jellicle Ball this year.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on January 5, 2007 at 1:58 PM | PERMALINK

I am so sorry, Kevin. I lost my beloved "Fang" 12 years ago when he was 17, and I still miss him. My heart goes out to you.

Posted by: Margy on January 5, 2007 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, I'm so sorry about Jasmine. Nine is not old for a cat at all; this must be especially upsetting for that reason.

I have three cats, and one of them, Mystic, has just been diagnosed with a mammary tumor (breast cancer, essentially). She had the tumor removed yesterday, but we're waiting to find out what type of malignancy it is and what is the prognosis for that type.

She is 12 years old, and she's my favorite of the three.

I know what you're going through.

All best,

Kathy

Posted by: Kathy on January 5, 2007 at 2:00 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry, Kevin. I lost my beloved "Fang" 12 years ago when he was 17, and I still miss him. My heart goes out to you and Marian.

Posted by: Margy on January 5, 2007 at 2:03 PM | PERMALINK

Very sad. Some of the best people I know are cats and dogs. I grieve for you Kevin.

Posted by: Bassfish on January 5, 2007 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

Sincere condolences, Kevin.

Posted by: Scott E. on January 5, 2007 at 2:18 PM | PERMALINK

I am so terribly sorry.

Posted by: nolo on January 5, 2007 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

My cat died ten years ago and I still haven't gotten over it. I'm thinking at last of finding a new one.

I think a new one sooner rather than later is a better idea. Give it about eight or nine months.


I first came across Calpundit via the concept 'catblogging' because I was searching for a blog written by a cat, though I've no idea why.

I left a comment about something and was promptly insulted by tbrosz.

Posted by: cld on January 5, 2007 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

every one of those nine billion animals is an intelligent and sensitive being, just like Jasmine

Someday we are going to find out other animals are sapient.

Posted by: Brojo on January 5, 2007 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

Semen Analyst

I suspect that if I merely mention, in the midst of this outpouring of sympathy, understanding, compassion, and shared grief over the loss of beloved companion animals, that in the USA alone, more than nine billion animals

No, inappropriate material is a given around here. Thank you for reinforcing my belief that most people should just shut up because they are often incapable of doing the proper thing, which is to express condolences and leave it at that.

My condolences, pets are something special, and it is difficult to lose one.

Posted by: Norman Rogers on January 5, 2007 at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK

My deepest sympathy to you all--losing a loved pet is such pure grief. But bearable.

Thank you for letting us know--yours was the first blog where I encountered "Friday Cat Blogging," and it made reading about the runup to Bush's Blunder in Iraq bearable. I knew that every Friday there would be some measure of life's small joys.

Rest well, Jasmine, sweet cat and bringer of joy.

Posted by: jawbone on January 5, 2007 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences, Kevin. How's Inkblot handling it?

Posted by: Jason on January 5, 2007 at 2:44 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences. So many of us can understand exactly how you feel. Take pleasure in all the wonderful years that you had with your little sweetie.

Posted by: Randy Gold on January 5, 2007 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry Kevin. Life follows an equilibrium: the highs match the lows.

Even Stevens. It is so very unfair and unforgiving.

Posted by: Tyler on January 5, 2007 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

I've lost many fur friends in the past, one very recently. My biggest consolation is that any animal who lives with me has enjoyed a lifestyle that Third World nations can only dream about. I'm guessing Jasmine was similarly lucky.

Posted by: Shay on January 5, 2007 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

FreakyBeaky and I send our condolences. We loved her from afar.

Posted by: barkingkitten on January 5, 2007 at 3:29 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry to hear of this loss Kevin. I lost my cat, Lucky one year ago and I send my deepest sympathies. There is something so special in the bond shared between a person and a cat. I am sure no matter what, your bond and connection to Jasmine continue in a strong way. I hope that you, Marian, and Inkblot are coping okay. And that wherever she is, that Jasmine's soul is soaring in her next journey.


Posted by: Andrew Slack on January 5, 2007 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

Allow me to add another few words of condolence to join the ranks of those here saddened by the news of your little friend's departure.

As others have suggested, there is no remedy for your grief, but you will surely find it leavened by the presence of a new feline companion or two.

I'm always reminded of Bukowski's "The History of One Tough Motherfucker" when I hear of a pet's death. I'm sure you're familiar with it, but if not, here it is:

________________________________

he came to the door one night wet thin beaten and
terrorized
a white cross-eyed tailless cat
I took him in and fed him and he stayed
grew to trust me until a friend drove up the driveway
and ran him over
I took what was left to a vet who said,"not much
chance...give him these pills...his backbone
is crushed, but is was crushed before and somehow
mended, if he lives he'll never walk, look at
these x-rays, he's been shot, look here, the pellets
are still there...also, he once had a tail, somebody
cut it off..."
I took the cat back, it was a hot summer, one of the
hottest in decades, I put him on the bathroom
floor, gave him water and pills, he wouldn't eat, he
wouldn't touch the water, I dipped my finger into it
and wet his mouth and I talked to him, I didn't go any-
where, I put in a lot of bathroom time and talked to
him and gently touched him and he looked back at
me with those pale blue crossed eyes and as the days went
by he made his first move
dragging himself forward by his front legs
(the rear ones wouldn't work)
he made it to the litter box
crawled over and in,
it was like the trumpet of possible victory
blowing in that bathroom and into the city, I
related to that cat-I'd had it bad, not that
bad but bad enough
one morning he got up, stood up, fell back down and
just looked at me.
"you can make it," I said to him.
he kept trying, getting up falling down, finally
he walked a few steps, he was like a drunk, the
rear legs just didn't want to do it and he fell again, rested,
then got up.
you know the rest: now he's better than ever, cross-eyed
almost toothless, but the grace is back, and that look in
his eyes never left...
and now sometimes I'm interviewed, they want to hear about
life and literature and I get drunk and hold up my cross-eyed,
shot, runover de-tailed cat and I say,"look, look
at this!"
but they don't understand, they say something like,"you
say you've been influenced by Celine?"
"no," I hold the cat up,"by what happens, by
things like this, by this, by this!"
I shake the cat, hold him up in
the smoky and drunken light, he's relaxed he knows...
it's then that the interviews end
although I am proud sometimes when I see the pictures
later and there I am and there is the cat and we are photo-
graphed together.
he too knows it's bullshit but that somehow it all helps.

___________________________________

All the best,

Posted by: James on January 5, 2007 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry for your loss. I am not much of cat person myself, but I will miss seeing her in your cat blogs

Posted by: Habernathy on January 5, 2007 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

That sucks Kevin. I feel bad for you.

Posted by: The Fool on January 5, 2007 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

my feelings are very similar to habernathy above
(at 4:07 p.m.)

326 condolences-----i'm very impressed-----that's about 324 more than you would have gotten if gwb had died yesterday

Posted by: wschneid25 on January 5, 2007 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

my feelings are very similar to habernathy above
(at 4:07 p.m.)

326 condolences-----i'm very impressed-----that's about 324 more than you would have gotten if gwb had died yesterday

Posted by: wschneid25 on January 5, 2007 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences, Kevin. I hope you'll feel better soon.

Posted by: Brian on January 5, 2007 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

My cat is 16 and sometimes, when I come home and she's still sleeping under the bedclothes and isn't waiting for me at the front door, I'm afraid I've lost her forever. I dread that day....I'm sorry you day came.

Posted by: myrantheminx on January 5, 2007 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Many condolences, Kevin. I just got my first two kitties about 2 years ago. I'd had them less than 6 months when Doby, the male, ingested a yard of ribbon from off a birthday present I'd gotten and set aside at cat level. He nearly died in the surgery. Since then I've become a lot more tolerant of his annoyances given how close I was to losing him. I can't fathom how much worse it must be with Jasmine no longer there.

God bless you, Marion, and Inkblot. Be well.

Posted by: Ferrari on January 5, 2007 at 5:13 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, I'm so sorry. Your only consolation is that you gave your kitty a wonderful life.

We lost our wonderful Surprise to kidney failure in 2003. I couldn't bear to think of going through such a loss again. But later that year a desperate little cat who had obviously been abandoned started to beg on our back porch, and we gave in and fed her. As winter approached, I knew I had to make a decision, and I made one. She went to the vet for de-fleaing and it turned out she was already neutered. She then became a strictly household cat.

She has become more and more mellow and affectionate. But to assure all it's not a fairy tale, she has a horrible habit of pooing every few days in a selected corner, for unfathomable cat reasons. I don't expect this to change, but we love her anyway.

Posted by: cowalker on January 5, 2007 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

My oldest (of 3; she's 16) is currently in veterinary hospital as they try to diagnose why she's not eating, bleeding behind one eye, and hypertensive. Thankfully, she's coming home tonight; who knows for how long. She's the first of my new batch, after the previous brood of 6 (unrelated) all passed on in the space of 24 months between '89 and '91.

My heartfelt condolences on your loss of Jasmine. Not that it's much comfort now, but at least it sounds like she didn't suffer. Nine years is much too short a time on this earth.

Posted by: David in NYC on January 5, 2007 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry for your loss. I'm glad that her passing was at least quick for her, and am sure she's enjoying her new hunting grounds right now. Plus, now she'll be able to keep an eye on you even when you're out of the house, eh? :)

Posted by: Kriselda Jarnsaxa on January 5, 2007 at 5:49 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin:

I'm so sorry to hear this. Your cat was taken away from you much too soon! There will never be another Jasmine! And I realize this is no comfort to you now. But someday, I hope another cat will worm its way into your life and watch over you as you blog. Remember this, liberals and cats are an excellent match! And yes, I am sure cats are allowed into Heaven, to eternally chase mice and other critters, and I'm quite sure she is very, very happy there.
Anne Gilbert

Posted by: Ann on January 5, 2007 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry I wasn't able to read your blog yesterday and, thus, send my condolences sooner. I've only seen pictures of Jasmine but I felt my heart do a quick dive when I read your farewell post. Of course, being one who has lost three feline and two canine children, I know your pain is ever so much greater.

Before I scrolled down to your post, I was beginning to get frustrated with my current furry family member who has decided it's great fun to crawl up on my keyboard drawer from behind and tap away. Frustration is gone now, replaced by a gratitude that my dear, mischievous Savannah is here to add interest to my typing and love to my life.

Catch a few heavenly mice for Savannah, Jasmine.

jcc

Posted by: Jcc on January 5, 2007 at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK

To bad she couldn't hold on for the impeachment party.

Posted by: Bob on January 5, 2007 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

What a beautiful cat she was. Thanks for sharing her with us over the years, Kevin.

Posted by: Duncan Idaho on January 5, 2007 at 6:48 PM | PERMALINK

I came to your site today mainly to see if you were Cat Blogging. But find only my own sorrow.

Sorry to hear about Jasmine. Thanks for sharing her with us.

Posted by: mirror on January 5, 2007 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences.

Posted by: Jimm on January 5, 2007 at 7:59 PM | PERMALINK

It has been years since my cat "Fatso" died. I wished I'd been with him that night, he died alone. I found him in the morning, he was trying to get to my Kitty kitty calls hours earler but he couldn't. In his now still eyes I saw myself, it was his last thought to be with me.

Today, a million tears have must have fallen for Jasimine. Count me in for about a dozen as I was reading this post.

Now I'm going to take my dog out for a long walk.

Posted by: aRTemus on January 5, 2007 at 8:00 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry that happened to you and yours--I've had to put animals down due to age and illnesses and it's never easy. To have an animal pass away on you like that must have been very difficult.

Posted by: Pale Rider on January 5, 2007 at 8:00 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry about your loss of Jasmine. I've lost both cats and dogs, all dearly loved and forever missed, but the hardest loss was my dear Molly, who died unexpectedly. It was harder to accept because I didn't see it coming. I later read a book, called "Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates" and it gave me some comfort. My thoughts are with you, your wife and Inkblot.

Posted by: Jeanne on January 5, 2007 at 8:10 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry to hear this, Kevin.

Much, much love to you and Marian.

Posted by: Tilli (Mojave Desert) on January 5, 2007 at 8:26 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry. She was a beautiful cat and I loved seeing her pictures. I know you and your wife will miss her.

We lost of Yoda six years ago and I still think about him. All cats are special in my eyes but some are more special than others.

I hope Ink Blot is doing OK. I will remember the pictures of the two of them curled up on the red couch.

By the way, another cat can help fill the hole in your lives. We have another one, different yes, but a real lover boy.

May she rest in Kitty heaven, knowing that she was loved, not only by her servants - but by thousands who looked for her pictures every Friday.

Posted by: JWC on January 5, 2007 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

That's terrible. I am so sorry.

Posted by: paradox on January 5, 2007 at 8:45 PM | PERMALINK

Very sorry Kevin. I always loved Jasmine's libertarian spirit. She lived a good life. We all know she did.

Posted by: Gabriel on January 5, 2007 at 9:04 PM | PERMALINK

Very sorry to hear the news. I hope you and Marian are okay.

Posted by: e on January 5, 2007 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

To those of us who love cats; we are cats, they are us. Sorry for the loss of Jasmine. It hurts all of us. Cats and bipeds alike.

Posted by: Walt on January 5, 2007 at 10:41 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry Kevin. My cat was 21 when I put her down. That was 15 years ago and I still think of her as someone special. My cat now is just as much a friend but a different friend.

Posted by: murmeister on January 5, 2007 at 10:49 PM | PERMALINK

Aw man, that's horrible. I'm really sorry.

Posted by: Xanthippas on January 5, 2007 at 11:05 PM | PERMALINK

To echo murmeister, I lost my best cat friend at age 24 in 1994. I have had other cats before and since but Little One was the one I miss the most. Her ashes will be buried with mine.

It's too bad there are no social institutions of support for those who lose their animal friends. But there is, and always will be, a community of people who understand and care.

Love to Inkblot.

Posted by: ej on January 5, 2007 at 11:09 PM | PERMALINK

Aww. She'll be missed. Best wishes to you, Marian, and Inkblot.

Posted by: scarshapedstar on January 5, 2007 at 11:17 PM | PERMALINK

My heart is with you.

Posted by: Victoria on January 5, 2007 at 11:18 PM | PERMALINK

kevin,

We lost our seventeen year old Norweigan Wood Cat two months ago. We still have our nineteen year old fifteen pound Tortoiseshell who loves shrimp, scallops, halibut, and all other forms of fish or shell fish. She is so loving. Of course, as long as she lives in our version of a sushi bar.

We are thinking of adopting an older cat as a companion.

Ours, as yours are irreplacable, but always loved.

Scott and Deb

Posted by: scott and deborah on January 5, 2007 at 11:20 PM | PERMALINK

*sniff*

Posted by: marky on January 5, 2007 at 11:55 PM | PERMALINK

My mama cat is mewing in sympathy.
Thank you for sharing her story with us.

Posted by: Carolyn on January 6, 2007 at 12:19 AM | PERMALINK

Oh. Kevin and Marian, I'm so sorry. Jasmine was FAMILY.

BG

Posted by: BirdGirl on January 6, 2007 at 1:39 AM | PERMALINK

Death be not proud....

To everything there is a season....

We try to find the words to encapsulate our feelings and even the best of us fall short.

Resquiat in pace, Jasmine.

Posted by: tzs on January 6, 2007 at 2:54 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin and Marian, I'm so sorry to read this. Jasmine started a blogging institution, with your help. I myself have begun Friday Cow Blogging as a result.

Peace to you and to Ink Blot.

Posted by: KathyF on January 6, 2007 at 3:43 AM | PERMALINK

Belated condolences. I'm not getting around as much these days as I'd like to.

Posted by: dr sardonicus on January 6, 2007 at 6:47 AM | PERMALINK

Deepest condolences, Kevin. I feel like I've known Jasmine ever since you began FCB. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs on January 6, 2007 at 7:24 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin, condolences to you and to Marion. Inkblot was the Friday Cat Blogging cat, and we'll miss her, too.

Posted by: Nell on January 6, 2007 at 11:20 AM | PERMALINK

Aargh, apologies. I was thinking of both your cats, and mixed them up. R.I.P. Jasmine.

Posted by: Nell on January 6, 2007 at 11:22 AM | PERMALINK

Condolences. Take care, and try to keep as many memories of her as you can.

Posted by: Dom Telay on January 6, 2007 at 11:22 AM | PERMALINK

Oh Kevin, Marian and Inkblot, I am so so sorry. It really is like losing part of your family. I still cry when I think about Frankie who died 12 years ago New Year's Day...I was unable to function without a cat and went out and got Bugsy the next day, he's a half Siamese who brings me continual joy. I made sure to give him a hug when I got home yesterday after hearing about Jasmine.

Anyway, please go out and get a kitten as soon as you are able, it will help you heal and I hope keep Inkblot from being too lonely.

And all of us who frequent the blog would be overjoyed to see Inkblot's new little brother or sister growing up each Friday on FCB...

Peace,
Sarah

Posted by: smott on January 6, 2007 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

RIP, Jasmine.

Posted by: Susan on January 6, 2007 at 9:17 PM | PERMALINK

Hello Kevin, I have no idea what you write about, only know my husband reads it all the time. he told me today that your kittyhad died. We are the proud parents of 12 cats. We have gone thru your loss a few times, tho never as suddenly as you. We are so sorry about Jasmine's passing. I can assure you that there IS a heaven that she is playing in right now. God would never make such special creatures without a soul. She'll be there to happily greet you and Marian one day. Till then, also be assured she is still with you at heart. She's a beautiful little girl, and very lucky to have had such wonderful parents.
anna in Chicago

Posted by: Anna in Chicago on January 6, 2007 at 11:38 PM | PERMALINK

I am so sorry to hear about you and our wife's loss of Jasmine Kevin. I have two cats who look identically like your cats and I have a very old dog whom I worry may be in his last year on this Earth too. This whole episode has got the water works going.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on January 6, 2007 at 11:48 PM | PERMALINK

Our condolences. So sad to lose a kitty, especially one as sweet, beautiful, and wise as Jasmine. Thinking of Jasmine has caused us to hold our current two kitties much closer in the past few days. And give Inkblot a hug for me.

Posted by: Rosie on January 7, 2007 at 8:08 AM | PERMALINK

Dear Mr. Drum,

I've been reading your blog for several months. I've seen previous posts about your cats.

I'm a cat lover myself. I have two now, one male and one female, ten and eleven years old, respectively.

That picture of Jasmine on the ham bag, and reading of her passing, literally brought both a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. My tom looks uncannily like her, and he sleeps above the pillows, behind my girlfriend's head, just as you described Jasmine doing.

You and she are fortunate that you had nine years together.

I hope you find a nice companion for your other cat.

btw, as a native Virginian, I can tell you that you cannot do better than an Edwards ham. Your friend must hold you in high esteem indeed.

Best wishes.

Posted by: Howard on January 7, 2007 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so sorry for your loss, Kevin. Been there. I'm sure that if there is a heaven, Jasmine will be waiting by the pillows.

Posted by: Kevin Murphy on January 7, 2007 at 8:04 PM | PERMALINK

Condolences. We just lost our precious Pasha last night. It was also unexpected so we feel your loss. He looked like he had difficulty breathing so we took him to the clinic. They took him away to try to help him but he didn't make it. We were stunned when they came back to tell us that he was gone. He was a kind, generous soul that lived to love. We have so much to learn from these beautiful creatures.

Posted by: Sal on January 7, 2007 at 10:32 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about this loss.

I lost my 17 year old cat Chester...presumably of just old age this past summer.

But, no matter what age and circumstance..the pain and loss is hurting.

Posted by: Anne on January 8, 2007 at 4:23 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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