On Friday afternoon last week our cat Jazz had yet another crisis and I made the sad, but mercy filled decision to have him euthanased. He was 15.5 years old and had been suffering increasingly from arthritis and associated health problems.
Lucy, the vet at our friendly and very caring vet clinic had tried everything to assist him maintain a reasonable quality of life as an indoor, pampered cat but sadly since Easter her efforts and our diligent care was becoming increasingly less effective.
I have returned to the many, many photos we have and they offer a wonderful record of this sociable, outgoing, vigorous, adventurous, friendly, funny cat who survived many escapades, gave us worrying times but who adored us and was a constant source of fun, laughter and love.
Jazz outlived his brother PG by just over two years. We got the kittens in 1999 and they grew to be adults who very happily co-existed.
The following photos tell something of why Jazz is so sorely missed now.
And the last much quieter Jazz.
I could not resist posting this group hug photo of cats….Enjoy!
Our cat Jazz is a little over 14 years old and in the past year or two has developed some arthritis in his lower spine. He is on pain relief and some medication that help eases the discomfort and increases his flexibility.
I have added this Snugglesafe cat “hottie”
to his treatment regime after learning about these on Leanne’s blog:
He was very suspicious of his new hottie at first
he has crept closer to it
and finally after two days he is enjoying the steady, warmth this fleece covered disc offers to him.
His humans have also discovered how useful it is on sore lower backs and strained rib cartilage when Jazz has been outside or when the daytime temperatures have been too warm for him to want to lie on it.
It is a nifty comforter.
Jazz loves his banana box bed currently. It was hot this particular afternoon and Jazz was maximising the “facilities” that his banana box offers. Note to observant readers – Jazz does have a healing pink patch on his left front leg…..the result of a recent abscess from a cat fight!
We had a sharp frost here this morning but by 10.30am Jazz was making the best use of a lovely warm, tin roof, flooded with sunshine. Cats are wise and just know where the warm spots are, even in winter.
I hope the weather is being kind to you too, wherever you live in the world.