Jelly and Jono

Filed under: Daily Life Jun 20, 2011

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you probably know of Jelly and Jono, my two very spoiled cats. I got them in May of 1996, shortly after graduating from college. I loved those cats more than life itself, sometimes, and they knew it. I spared no expense to keep them happy.

Unfortunately, 2011 will always be remembered as the year I lost both cats. Jono became ill in April 2010, and I thought it wouldn’t be long before I had to let her go, but she hung in there. It was mostly digestive problems, but apparently she had a tumor wrapped around her colon that slowly constricted. She went from a healthy (if overweight) 14 lbs down to 4 lbs, and though she continued to eat, she eventually lost the ability to defecate, and had to be euthanized. It was January 28, 2011, when we had to say goodbye. My birthday.

Jelly’s decline was more rapid. He went from a very active and healthy cat to one who hid under the sofa for a week or more. Finally the vet determined he had renal (kidney) failure. This was in September 2010. I took him for fluids for a while, but since he hated the trip, I eventually learned how to administer them at home. He slept in a favorite box on the dining room table, where I fed him to keep him from having to move too much. He’d gone from 18 lbs to 6 lbs, and his always cheerful, outgoing personality had dimmed.

On January 23, 2011, in the wee hours of Sunday morning, he fell and couldn’t stand. Afraid he had had a stroke, I rushed him to the emergency clinic in Carytown only to learn there was nothing they could do. I had to let him go, five days before Jono.

Both were 14 years old. I had loved them since they were 3 months of age.

It took a long time for me to be able to write about them. There are photos on my Facebook page, but for the most part, I couldn’t mention them online. Even as I write this, I’m crying. I have adopted two new cats and love them dearly, but not a day goes by when I don’t miss my two.

Jelly and Jono. I loved them so much.


4 Comments

  • 1. Laura Harner  |  June 21, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I am sorry for such a huge loss. Hugs to you. It hurts so much to lose the ones we love. They were members of your family and you will always have the memories to treasure.

  • 2. Hayden  |  June 21, 2011 at 3:01 am

    It always took me a while to be able to think about my lost pets without breaking down and crying. *hugs* Time will heal, but you’ll never forget.

  • 3. Sheryl Browne  |  June 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Much sympathy. I foster disabled dogs. If people don’t believe animals have feelings, well I had a dog that grieved so much over the loss of her sister the vet actually said she was in mourning. Currently have a blind JR and an 18yr old dog. Love them so much my heart hurts. Recently lost three-legged babe. Feel for you, I really do. At least neither of your babies were left too long alone. xx

  • 4. J.M. Snyder  |  June 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    For the short time pets are with us, they make our lives richer and happier.

    Sheryl, that’s awesome you foster disabled dogs. I have thought of fostering cats, but right now I’m in an apartment and, right after losing Jelly and Jono, I needed to adopt someone to give me a reason how to get out of bed in the morning. I’ll post about Marley and Lew at a later date!


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