In Memory of Cyrus

In Memory of Cyrus, August 2000 – April 2011

April 1, 2011:  Today I had to say a final goodbye to my beautiful feline companion, Cyrus. It’s been a hard few weeks with the decision put off several times. He gave me more than ten years of love, warmth, playfulness, and loyalty. Among his cat-quirks, he loved to sit on the edge of the tub, and walk around in the water as the tub emptied. He greeted all my friends at the door with an upturned face for a kitty kiss. That cat could read my mind, and was my stalwart sentinel through four surgeries, and many other challenges. 

Over the years, Cyrus soldiered through his own surgeries, and two months of chemo last winter with amazing aplomb. The cancer has won out, but I had an extra four years of his quiet presence. In the end, I am glad that I waited for today. On this warm day, he got to lay in the sun, and sit on the windowsill and feel the breeze.

For those who especially appreciated Cyrus and his place in my life, remembrances/donations to Animal Aid ( or the Oregon Humane Society ( are welcome.

Marcy Jacobs, Portland, OR