Rat Jester, beloved cat of Lara, Shaun, Grace and Hope Jester, died suddenly and unexpectedly on the night of July 21 while chasing a fly. Rat was born in a feral colony and was quickly abandoned by his parents, due to his deteriorating medical condition. It was in that pitiful state that we found him and kept him.
Over the coming months, we saved each other, and he began his life of 12 years with us. "Ratty" was a loyal companion and friend to Lara, especially, and the time we had together forever changed me. Following his joining our family, Grace, Hope and Miss Kitty came along. He was loved well by Grace and Hope and even Shaun, who Rat saw as a rival for Lara's affections. His only cat friend was Sparky, the cat of Lara's parents. Sparky was his very best friend; they grew up together, joining the respective families only three months apart.
Rat generally enjoyed spending time with the family, with the exception of our other cat, Miss Kitty. His other hobbies included big game hunting. In addition to flies, Rat also hunted moths and spiders. He loved playing with his toy mice and always ate their tails off first. Rat loved to play hide and seek and dance with his feather wand. He adored eating bows and ribbon, which had to be removed from any packages received at the Jester home. Rat had an affinity for stuffed animals, which he hoarded from Grace and Hope, although they were usually OK with sharing. He left behind two special stuffed friends, a white cat and Rudolph. He enjoyed catching socks as they were folded. One of Rat's passions was helping to change the sheets; a task that will now be boring and somewhat sad for us.
A special thank you to Chimney Rocks Animal Rest, for handling the cremation in such a compassionate and beautiful manner. Many thanks also go out to Blair Animal Hospital and its staff, for many years of care and consideration. Over the years, many people came to know of Rat, and many kind words have been offered since his passing; for those comforting words and thoughts, we are very grateful.
We encourage anyone thinking of getting a pet to consider adopting an animal from the Humane Society or a rescue group. So many beautiful stories can come from these pets. We also hope that people spay or neuter their animals, and support Trap/ Neuter/Release (TNR) efforts to help control feral populations. It was, after all, a feral colony that produced one of our family's greatest sources of joy.