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Do Kitty Cats Mourn?

One of the last photos of Big Fishy

The Directors of the Institute should have told you earlier about the demise of Little Fishy and Big Fishy, but each time we tried, we choked up and tears blocked our vision. Sigh.

Little Fishy passed away January 14, 2017. He was only half grown. We don’t know why he passed. He was fine the day before. On March 19, Big Fishy also swam under the Rainbow Bridge. He lived for over nine years, far longer than most goldfish. Since we understood that goldfish can live for up to 30 years, we expected he would live a long time. So we provided for him in our will. He died of dropsy, a common and difficult to treat ailment in goldfish.Perhaps, he also missed Little Fishy.

Zippy adored Big Fishy as you have read in this blog. After Big Fishy passed, Zippy seemed despondent and went up and down the sofa beside the aquarium looking for him. As her depression increased she began to sleep a lot. The other cats didn’t give a cat’s meow that Big Fishy was missing, but Zippy required lots of neck massages to lessen the pain of losing her companion.

We wanted to give Big Fishy the same proper burial that we gave Little Fishy—we carefully buried him in the garden near three kitties who passed before the Institute was founded. Now those beloved kitties can “swim with the fishies.”

Zippy being consoled

Trouble with Interpersonal Relationships

At the Institute the directors have noticed there is a pecking order. The subjects sometimes have trouble with their interpersonal relationships. Velvet is at the top of the pecking order and often instigates fusses with all the subjects of the Institute, even with her play buddy Socks. Zippy is next in the pecking order in that she often chases Rebecca and Citikitty, but she never gets into a real cat fight any subjects.

Fuss 1
Trouble brewing in the hallway as Velvet paws at Socks.

Poor Citikitty, the youngest at the Institute and the lowest on the pecking order, has mapped out hidey holes where she can get away from bully Velvet and irritant Zippy.

Citikitty hiding from her nemesis, Velvet.





Zippy conferring with Big Fishy

Zippy is best friends with Big Fishy. They are often observed communicating in the evening.


Zippy is intensely interested in Big Fishy who always swims to where she is perched. I will try to get a picture of them “kissing” for you but this time it happened before I was ready.


Here is the scene from the other side of the aquarium. Eight-year-old Big Fishy is nearly 10 inches long! We at the Institute expect him to live a full forty years and entertain a series of study subjects such as Zippy.


Getting back to work

Ah, the Director of Input and the Director of Output went to France in September and left the six study subjects and Big Fishy with their wonderful cat whisperer Chris who sent us photos from time to time during our absence. But upon returning, the directors and their study subjects went back to work.

Socks welcomes me back to the office.
Socks welcomes me back to the office.
Zippy hard at work
Zippy hard at work


Socks amd Zippy Monitoring
Socks amd Zippy Monitoring

End of the Grooming Session


This morning in the Institute office, I noticed Socks giving Velvet a thorough grooming starting at her neck and proceeding across her back. Lick, lick, chew, lick.


I knew how this heavy grooming session would end, so I grabbed the camera.


Sure enough, Velvet soon indicated that she had had enough and gave Socks a swipe.


A boxing match ensued as Zippy watched.

A minute later all three study subjects resumed their office-break nap.

Zippy in Thought

The Directors of the Institute for Kitty Cat Research have observed that the study subject named Zippy (aka The Zipper and Zip) is a deep thinker. For instance, in this photo she is thinking about whether to pounce on Citikitty or to pounce on Socks, both of whom were napping within striking distance. Does she want to start a fight or a chase this morning?  Should she jump on Socks who likes a good wrestle or on Citikitty who will flee up the stairs and into the walk-in closet?

Zippy in deep thought.
Zippy in deep thought.

Zippy pondered the pros and cons for at least thirty seconds. Immediately after this photo was taken, she decided that a rousing fuss would be a good start for her day. She made a flying leap onto Socks’ sleeping form and a hissing tussle took place with paws swinging. In a flash, Socks and Citikitty ran up the stairs with Zippy in pursuit. It seems The Zipper’s strategic thoughts paid off and she got to enjoy both of her favorite forms of entertainment.