Gonzo’s Antics – Memories of One Cool Cat | Part IV : Naughty or Nice

Cool Cat, Gonzo, at 15 years old.

Author: Melissa Sitzman

March 11, 2019

Part IV : Naughty or Nice


If you’ve read Part I, Part II and Part III of this series, you may be thinking something along the lines of;

“Gonzo doesn’t sound like a very cool cat, he sounds like a naughty cat!”

And I can understand why you might think that. He could definitely be a trouble maker but, can’t all cats!? Have you ever met a cat that didn’t defy their human(s), in one way or another? I haven’t. In fact, I think that’s part of why we are so drawn to them.

Here’s what made Gonzo such a “cool cat;”

He demanded attention, affection and lots of play time. He craved human interaction, much like a dog and he always greeted people at the front door.

Not only would he greet you, he would follow you around and meow at you! I imagine he was asking questions about where I had been or who visitors were. If you asked him a question, he would answer with a meow. I swear sometimes he could understand people!

Gonzo, also, had the natural ability to “work” a room full of people. My ex husband and I, often had a group of friends over on Friday and Saturday nights. Gonzo loved it! By the end of the night, every single person would have played with him and his favorite toy. Even people who had declared not liking cats, couldn’t resist his charm! Everyone who met him, loved him.

He was full of energy and fearless. He never (in about 16 years of having him) acted depressed. He had a “happy go lucky” attitude and remained playful, up until the very end of his life. He wasn’t afraid of dogs. He didn’t care about moving and thought of it as an adventure. I could even walk him on a leash!

At the end of the day, the most important thing…. he made me laugh. Even when I was at my absolute worst and didn’t care to get out of bed. Gonzo wouldn’t allow for that to happen! He would head bump, cry, climb, jump and even gently paw at my eyelids, until I got up! He had an attitude towards life, that I wish I had. He loved, just about, every day of his, and that’s admirable. Cat or not.

I feel like I owe him for keeping me going. That’s why I’m writing this series. To share some of the funny things he did, throughout his life. So that, just maybe, he can still make people laugh.

He shouldn’t be forgotten.

R.I.P. Gonzo (12/1/1998 – 10/07/2015)
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