See You In The Next One
Jarvis The Cat
2/2004 – 1/2005
I just got back from the vet’s office. We had to put Jarvis down. He had a case of FIP and they gave him only another week or so to live. I don’t know what to say, but I feel like I should say something.
The fourth night I had Jarvis, I went to see the Pixies at DAR Constitution Hall. When I got up that morning, as I usually do, I played with Jarvis for little bit before I got in the shower. After I got out and got dressed for work, I went upstairs to check my email and the weather. When I came back downstairs I couldn’t find Jarvis anywhere, but I was running late so I couldn’t wait around and look for him much longer. I got home after 1 AM that night and expected him to greet me when I walked in the door. When he didn’t, I got worried. I looked everywhere for him but still I couldn’t find him. Half an hour later, at the end of my rope, I called my friend Elizabeth (who had gone to the show with me) and she suggested I check the drawers in my closet(literally the only place that I hadn’t looked). So I opened my t-shirt drawer and Jarvis popped his head out. He had been in there all day with the drawer closed! But it didn’t even phase him. He hopped out and started rubbing up against me, seemingly saying “Dude! Where you been? Let’s play!” He was good like that.
I had a sinking feeling that last night would be our last together. He spent most of it under my bed, recovering from being poked and prodded at the vet’s. So I left him alone for the most part, but before I turned in, I lay on the floor – half under the bed and half not – and had a long conversation with him while petting him. He kept kissing my hand the whole time. I swear he knew what was going on. Cats aren’t stupid. Far from it. I’d like to think that he was telling me that it wasn’t my fault. At least I hope that’s how he felt. I only had Jarvis for 47 days. It seemed like alot more.
Rest In Peace Little Jarvis. I hope you are in a better place.
Sincere thanks to Elizabeth, who was nice enough to accompany me to the vets office and help me through this ordeal, and to everyone that sent in their thoughts and prayers for Jarvis.
Eyes they open wide
Eyes they open wide
I like the way it was
Hate the way it is now