Cats

Jazz

Jazz

Jazz was the first cat to become close friends with me, and she was a credit to her species. Jazz didn't adhere to the typical image of feline aloofness; rather, she loved to be around people in general — but she showed special fondness for me, and we always enjoyed being together.

Jazz and I shared this wonderful friendship for 5,206 days, or 14 years and three months. Jazz had a great deal of perseverence; she suffered from chronic kidney decline for the last four and a half years of her life but managed to beat the odds and live a relatively active life; she was catching mice (and presenting them to me) only a few weeks before she died.

Jazz died of liver failure on November 3, 2001, at the age of approximately 18 years. Though I was sad to lose this priceless friend, I'm grateful that Jazz died at a time and place of her own choosing, and that she died without suffering, and with me at her side on her favorite spot on our bed. Jazz was my best friend and I will treasure her love and friendship forever.

Jazz has been gone I miss my fuzzy angel so much!

Zydeco

Zydeco

Zydeco was the smallest (and only female) of a litter of five kittens born on September 15, 2001. She joined me at the age of 10 weeks and lived with me from November 28, 2001 until her death on April 24, 2017. Zydeco has been gone since April 24, 2017. I miss my loving black monkey!

As a kitten, Zydeco was very playful and affectionate, and a real joy to have around. Living with an exuberant kitten was a bit of a change from living with an elderly cat! Watching Zydeco explore the house, and observing her as she discovers new experiences was a great deal of fun, even with the disarray she leaves in her wake! Zydeco and I became great friends, and over time, she mellowed considerably. Never a lap cat, Zydeco could still be loving, and it was a joy to come home and be greeted by her.

Zydeco is a lively, accordion-based genre of music from south-central and southwest Louisiana. (See also the Wikipedia page on zydeco music.) I enjoy this energetic, playful music a great deal, and thought it a fitting name to bestow on this energetic little kitten. It also continues a musical "naming scheme" of sorts, starting with my first cat, Jazz. The joy brought by music and cats is among my favorite parts of life.


Jon Roma <roma@uiuc.edu>
May 5, 2017