Monday, February 1, 2010

Peace to a difficult yet lovable cat


Feeling quite sad at the moment, as we've decided to have one of our cats put to sleep tomorrow. He's not one that has appeared in many (or any?) blog posts, because his personality is more the cantankerous, skeptical type. His name is Random, named for "random acts of violence and destruction." He was awfully destructive as a kitten...and even beyond! But I love him anyway.

He's a big, black tough-old-guy, former-badass kind of kitty, and he has been depressed since Halfie (the only cat he ever really liked, because he grew up with him) died over a year ago. Random is just about 14 and has been having increasing arthritis and behavior issues (especially concerning territory-marking inside the house). I'm glad he's had a long, good life and will try to focus on that...

It seems like the pain of saying goodbye to them should be miniscule compared to the amount of joy they bring to us. But no, the grief is immense.

And now, because we desperately need to laugh:


This is an angry Rumi-burrito, about to receive some medicine.

By the way, Rumi has recently been on some strong antibiotics, and I'm happy to report that he is about 95% cured. It's amazing to see him looking at the world with two big round eyes!



The colorful mess of my studio. The other day as I was leaving it, I glanced back and realized this picture was worth many words. [In my defense, I always like to say that this one studio has to function as: 1) my studio, 2) Husband's studio when he paints or does encaustic, 3) the space to do any kind of projects the cats can't get into; 4) the only storage space for our house, 5) etc. etc.]

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11 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

Cool to look into your studio, Jala.

My sympathies for the old cat.

rahina q.h. said...

Jala, sorry to hear about Random, he sounds like a cat with character!
thank you for the peek into your studio: i no longer feel guilty:)r.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Poor Random, you have to feel it for the bad boy. I'm glad he is now at peace and painless.

Artemisia said...

Oh,sorry for Random. His memory will always accompagny you ...

Sandra Galda said...

Yes, cool to see the studio! I will be thinking about your day with the cat. So sad.

loriann said...

I am so sorry to hear about Random. It's funny that it doesn't matter how cantankerous they are we still love them. May be rest in peace. My sympathies to you Jala.
Nice to get a peek into your studio. Creative Chaos.

Jala Pfaff said...

Thank you all. It was horrible today. I guess it can't really be otherwise. I'll miss the dude.

About my studio: this sight should indeed make a lot of you realize how neat yours actually is, in comparison.

SamArtDog said...

one more random comment here...
i sometimes thought i liked him best, but then i didn't have to live with his pissy self. he really was a bad cat, no doubt related to lucifer.

bonnieluria said...

Oh Jala, this lesser known character amongst your cast of many, is still a heart breaker. Even when we know we're doing the right thing, it's no less horrific to our souls.
I am so very sorry. And know so well that awful feeling of betrayal and sadness that knows no brinksmanship with logic.
You really have committed the ultimate Random act of kindness.

So now if I may shift to that other lot: Rumi and Miss Lemon. I love their love.
They crack me up in their lasagna like layering. How wonderful that Rumi has restored eye sight. He could not have found a better set of parents.

Aha- now I can see where the blue period, yellow period gets birthed.
Love those L shaped spaces- that and a swivel chair and perhaps the orange period will be born.

Jala Pfaff said...

Sam - You always recognized a kindred spirit.

Bonnie - Thank you so much. My heart literally hurts and feels so heavy.

suzanneberry said...

Late in wishing you comfort and love at such a difficult time. There is no pain like it. My sympathies.