Kazumi Joy Oct '01 - Dec 19/15

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Age: 14 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 12 lbs.

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Kitty Kazoo, KJ, K-Joy, Kazoomster, little girl

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Quick Bio:
-cat rescue

October 23rd 2001

me, my lap, the sun, afghans, oriental rugs, sleeping, looking out the window, catnip, philosophizing, belly rubs, kneading, being told she's a good girl, waking me up and smelling my morning breath (weird, I know!)

vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers, firecrackers, thunder, missing the window ledge when she jumps, hearing the word 'no', not having me around all the time

Favorite Toy:
feathers, dangerous toy mice, tin foil balls, cork tied to a string, anything I wave in front of her

Favorite Nap Spot:
my lap, my bed, anywhere on the floor where the sun hits

Favorite Food:
salmon and tuna juice (the only human food this mean mom will feed her)

it's probably not a unique skill, but my little girl knows how to steal my heart every single day


Arrival Story:
I first noticed Kazumi Joy hanging around the neighbourhood about two months before my other cat, Adrian Mole, passed away. She appeared out of nowhere, and was the skinniest and most frightened cat I had ever seen. I left food out for her, and would crouch down low while talking to her in friendly tones, but she always ran away. This continued after my cat had died, and while I was still grieving. One day I called out to her as usual, and to my surprise, she ran over and rubbed up against me. I stroked her and she rewarded me with loud purring. It was at that point that I realized how emaciated she really was. All her bones were sticking out, and all I could feel while petting her were ridges. Before I realized what I was doing, I picked her up and took her inside. She proceeded to eat three bowls of food, and I proceeded to fall in love. The funny thing is that I had decided I wanted two longhaired male kittens, and ended up with a shorthaired female adult. Kazumi was so weak from starvation that she almost kept losing her balance whenever she walked. All she did for weeks was eat and sleep, and it broke my heart. She was extremely frightened, and was startled by any sudden movement or noise. I also noticed that she never slept with her eyes completely closed, and acted as if she always had to be on the alert. In fact, when she did finally sleep with her eyes completely shut, I cried because I realized she finally felt safe. I like to think that Kazumi Joy's predecessor would approve of this cat. And that somehow it was no accident that she crossed my threshold two months to the day that Adrian Mole died. I also relearned the important lesson that if you're open to possibility, what you get may be far better than what you had hoped for.

Kitty Kazoo has come a long way. At 12+ pounds, no one can accuse her of being skinny, and while she initially didn't always like to be touched, she now enjoys her belly rubs (but only by her mom!), and isn't afraid of human contact. She's also stopped following me around wherever I go, and now feels secure enough to stay put when I leave. I love Kazumi Joy with all my heart, and can't believe that someone would abandon her. She is the sweetest and gentlest cat I've ever met, and definitely lives up to her middle name! One thing that I am sad about is the fact that when I tried to get another cat so that she could have more company, she became very scared and skittish, and I had to let the other cat go back to her original home. I'm hopeful though that one day Kazumi will welcome a sibling. I love to watch two cats getting along!

Lives Remaining:
1 of 9

Forums Motto:
The Feline Philosopher

The Groups I'm In:
*Stop Animal Testing*, ban declawing, Canadian Catsters, End Animal Testing, Gray is GREAT!!!!!!, I Knead You, Love 'em? Fix 'em., Russian Blues Lounge, The (Endless) Summer of Scooter, VEGAN/VEGETARIAN


I've Been On Catster Since:
May 26th 2005 More than 10 years!

I Was In The:
2006 Valentine's Day Party!
See me in Catster's 2005 Holiday Picture Party!
Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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A Big Heartfelt Thank You

December 22nd 2015 6:29 pm
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My deepest thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts, stars, rosettes and special gifts. And until I get the chance to thank all of you more personally, please know how much your condolences have meant to me over these past few days.

It's a busy time of year for all, but I promise to get back to Kazumi's diary soon to fill you in on her sad story over the past year. Thank you again.

Kazumi Joy's mom


A Little Less Joy in the World Today

December 19th 2015 7:52 pm
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Sweet Kazumi Joy made her final visit to the vet today. More details later when the screen's a bit less blurry. :(


Update: Yay, They WERE Kidding!

March 2nd 2014 9:22 am
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Well, not kidding exactly, but they've reconsidered, and we're so glad. One of the reasons mom was so upset is that like a real family, Catster is the kind of place where you should be able to come back even if you've been gone a while. And as in a long-term relationship, interest and activity may fluctuate, but that doesn't mean we don't care. Doesn't mean we want out.

Plus, mom has always thought of Catster (besides being an information resource for all kinds of kitty-related problems in the forums) as being my final resting place. Where she can share her grief and pay honour to my memory, especially as she doesn't intend on saving my ashes. When my predecessor Adrian Mole was put to sleep, and as mom was holding his lifeless body, she realized that his soul, spirit or essence wasn't in that physical container anymore. His body felt both heavy and light at the same time, but it was no longer Adrian, and saving those remains didn't make much sense to her. Obviously, that was a personal perception, and mom fully respects the decisions of folk who feel differently.

But we certainly don't want to dwell on death here. And March 3 (tomorrow!) is no longer the end of the Catster community either, so whatever the changes in store will be like, this site has had a reprieve, and for that, we can all be grateful. :)

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