I don’t know about you, but I have really gone into my own little world while waiting for the new Twilight film. Like, it’s only fair to say that I’ve spent more time than usual on my computer, reading up on my favorite author’s work (even though I already own most of it) and watching old classic movies. I mean, there’s just so much to look forward to with the release of Eclipse on June 30th! I can’t even express how psyched I am that Jacob’s novel is finally coming to life in a big way, and not just in Twilight, but in all of Hollywood! And for those of you who are still curious about Pattinson’s cats, here’s a little update about what happened to them after Eclipse was released.
The Aftermath Of Katarina’s Death
After Eclipse came out, fans were abuzz with rumors that Katarina, Robert’s black and white tabby cat, had committed suicide. I’m not going to lie; I was kind of hoping it was true. It was obvious that something was bothering her since the premiere of Twilight, and it looked like she had been brooding over her dead owner ever since. She spent most of her time hiding under the bed or in the closet, never really coming out to socialize with the other animals on set or in the neighborhood. My heart went out to her, and I hoped that the rumors were true and that she had found some peace at last. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, and Katarina passed away on May 30th, 2013, at the age of 12.
In the months leading up to her demise, fans had been wondering if she was feeling any sadness over the loss of her owner, as she had never really gotten along with anyone but him. Robert had been very private about his personal life in the years since becoming famous (mostly because of his relationship with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart), but it looked like even he had been affected by Katarina’s death. He rarely left the house, and when he did, he was always accompanied by her. It broke my heart to see my favorite actor so heartbroken over the loss of his beloved pet, especially since I knew the stress that it was causing him. I think that what really got to him was the fact that she had never adapted to other animals, and would only ever be comfortable around humans. He had tried to find her a home with another animal, but no one wanted to take her on because of her peculiarities. He eventually gave her up and she hid away in his closet until she died. It was just so sad to see such a beautiful creature with so much pain inside her.
The Mystery Of Snuffles
Another cat that died prematurely was Snuffles, Robert’s orange tabby cat who had been with him since before he was famous. Unfortunately, Snuffles had inherited his father’s bad luck when it came to health issues. He had been suffering from feline leukemia since birth, and was only two years old when he died. It was another sad loss for Robert, especially since Snuffles was such an important part of his life. He had named him after a character in one of his favorite childhood novels, Lassie Come Home. Snuffles had been by Robert’s side through thick and thin, and even though he was very ill, he would always try to greet his master whenever he came home. Sadly, it was not meant to be, and Snuffles passed away in Robert’s arms on March 7, 2014, at the age of nine.
I’m sure that any of my readers could come up with a list of the people, places and things that they are most looking forward to in the months leading up to the premiere of Eclipse. For me, it’s a combination of things. I’m really looking forward to spending some much-needed quality time with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, as well as my other friends and family. I’m also really excited about seeing the newest James Bond movie, Spectre, and looking forward to finally being able to dress up in costume again. Of course, there’s also the fact that I get to see my favorite teen drama, The Vampire Diaries, which is now on its sixth season, and I can’t wait to see what new twists and turns they have in store for us this year. It’s been a while since I’ve felt this excited about a TV show.
The Cats Have Grown
While I was sad to hear about the passing of Robert’s two kitties, it was also kind of cool to see that their personalities had developed while they were with him. It wasn’t that they had changed much as cats, they had just been exposed to different situations and been forced to adapt. Jasper, the black cat, who had been with him since before Twilight, had actually decided to stay behind when Robert moved away for filming. He had started using his paws to beg for food, and even though he was just a kitten at the time, Robert saw something in him that he could train to be his personal assistant. Jasper would sit at the foot of his bed and follow him around the house, doing whatever he was asked to do. He had even started using his brains as well as his paws, figuring out ways to trick his master into giving him those all-important snacks that he begged for. Robert would then praise him for being such a smart little cat, and gave him special treats for his efforts. The other cat, Marley, had originally been intended to be a gift for Robert’s 20th birthday. He had been asked to bring him a kitten, as the actor had never gotten a pet, and was always searching for a suitable animal companion. Marley had taken to the idea of having her paws around another living thing, and had taken to Robert instantly. They had quickly become friends, bonding over their shared love for animals. As for Jasper, he would still follow his master around the house, but now he did it with a purpose. He would occasionally jump up on tables or chairs, trying to look like a human, and would steal food from visitors. He had even started going into Robert’s closet, where he would hide the snacks that he had found under the beds and in the shoes. He didn’t steal from the famous people who came to visit, though; he was always careful about that. He was a smart cat, and he knew how much his master liked to snack on the sets of movies and TV shows. Unfortunately, he had inherited his father’s bad health habits, and had started showing signs of feline leukemia. Even though he was only six years old, it was the end of his life as he knew it, and he had started begging for food when he heard that his master was going into town for a movie shoot. Marley had tried to talk her friend out of going, knowing how much it would upset Robert, and had begged him to let her stay at home with him. She had wanted to be close by in case something happened to Jasper, and hadn’t planned on leaving the house for the day. That was the day that Robert had found out that his best friend and coworker had died years before while filming a movie. He had always found comfort in the company of animals, and had started keeping them as pets, eventually filling his home with as many as four at a time. Unfortunately, pets were meant to be loved and cared for, not treated like props, and Jasper had been a constant reminder of this fact. That was why he was so heartbroken when he found out that his friend had died, and why he had completely shut himself off from the world. He had taken to his bed and hadn’t gotten up until he was forced to by the paramedics that came to save his life. Marley had stayed with him, not leaving his side for the entirety of his recovery. The cats had grown together over the years, and had become inseparable pals. They had even started a rescue group, named Feline Angels, which consisted of themselves and a handful of other animals who were abandoned, abused or simply unloved. The group had been around since before Twilight, and had helped numerous animals find a home. Sadly, Jasper had started showing signs of advanced feline leukemia. The group kept away from people as much as possible, trying to keep their health problems a secret. The group had been through a lot together, and had saved many animals, including Marley’s father, who had been a hunter before becoming a hermit. When the time came, they had all tried to give him the comfort and peace that he deserved, but it had been hard. Marley had lost a friend, and the leader, Sophie, had lost a parent. Jasper had lost the will to live, and had eventually found it again thanks to the kindness of strangers. Most of the animals in the group had already started to show signs of the disease, and Jasper had known that it was a matter of time before he went as well.