The Short Life of Leonard the Cat

The hard­est part was putting away his food bowls, and that ter­ri­ble sense of final­ity that he’d never be eat­ing from them again.

Spending so much time at home meant Leonard was in my com­pany for a large part of the day. I’m get­ting used to his absence, but I still miss the lit­tle guy.

I had a bunch of ran­dom footage and I never knew what to do with it, includ­ing a few moments from the first time I let him out of quar­an­tine into the rest of the house. When he died I kept watch­ing the footage over and over again until it sort of pieced itself together into this small vignette of a kitty who lived with me for less than three months. I hope they were happy ones.

7 comments

  1. Hello Jeff

    I write from Spain and I apol­o­gise for my level of English.

    Well I would like to say you that I feel very sorry about the short life of Leonard. I love cats and dogs. I live with my dog Harpo Marx, very well known in Bristol… and I lost recently my cat the Tiger.

    Also I want to thank you about your work because my web and my blog http://entropiaestetica.wordpress.com come from your design. Entropía Estética means Aesthetic Entropy and it is an Association of lovers of arts.

    from Spain,
    Lourdes

  2. Love the video, he sure was a happy lit­tle cutie :)

    • I can never tell if my cat is cute, of I’m just biased. They’re just like kids. :)

  3. They look like pretty happy months for the both of you, and Dolly looks not entirely unhappy too.

    • There was even­tu­ally a level of tol­er­ance on Dolly’s part…I just won­der if it would have got­ten even bet­ter over time if Leonard grew up and calmed down.

  4. Jeff I’m so sorry to hear about Leonard. I know how hard it is to lose a pet.
    He was a very adorable lit­tle kit­ten!
    I love the part of the video where he plays in the water from the tap; I once had a cat who used to do that. And when he does his “happy feet”; as I like to call it.
    I think it’s great how Dolly looks totally unim­pressed with him. It’s funny how cats learn to tol­er­ate new house­mates, but still like to let you know who was there first.

    • Thank you…I wanted to cap­ture Leonard’s first expe­ri­ence with run­ning water. He would try to drink from the tap, then his head would get in the way and redi­rect the stream. It was the cutest thing.

      I didn’t include any audio when Leonard is play­ing with Dolly’s tail because she was pretty much growl­ing the entire time. It was too hilar­i­ous not to record.

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