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Updated: Los Gatos Family Mourns Death of Beloved Cat

Jupiter, a male Seal-Point Siamese, was found by a neighbor half eaten by a wild animal.

Update: 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10: The owner of a Los Gatos Siamese cat that had been missing since early Wednesday is reporting a neighbor called her this morning to tell her she had found the animal half eaten on her driveway.

Janine Akerstrom had contacted Los Gatos Patch to help her spread the word about a reward being offered to anyone with information about 5-year-old Jupiter's whereabouts.

However, as soon as the post went live this morning, Akerstrom said she was contacted by a local resident who told her she found Jupiter in front of her driveway the day he went missing Dec. 5 on Camino Del Cerro, two houses down from the Blossom Hill Road intersection. "I am sad to tell you he was half eaten by a wild animal," Akerstrom said.

"We're grieving ... People need to be warned not to let their pets out. It is a very dangerous area because of the proximity of the hills. We have seen coyotes in the very area where he was found. My husband and I are devastated," she added.

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A Los Gatos couple is devastated after losing their beautiful Siamese cat named Jupiter early Wednesday morning.

Now they're offering a reward for any information as to the whereabouts of the 5-year-old male Seal-Point feline they raised as a child, said a frantic owner Janine Akerstrom.

Jupiter went missing the at 2 a.m. Dec. 5 from his home at 227 Westchester Drive in Los Gatos and has not come home since. He's not an outdoor cat.

The Akerstroms have hired a pet detective who, with the help of two rescue dogs, determined the cat was injured and taken away.

"He is scared and wants to come home. Please look in under your house, garage, shed, and any place a cat could hide. Do not chase!" a flier the Akerstroms are circulating around town says.

The Akerstroms don't have children and Jupiter is the companion of another Siamese cat they have who's very lonely since he disappeared. "They're like our children. My husband and I raised these cats since they were kittens," Janine  Akerstrom said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Akerstroms at home, 408-356-9541 or cell 408-460-2017.

Marguerite Palmer Padovani December 10, 2012 at 09:58 PM
It is best not to leave cats freely to roam your neighborhood..it's best to keep them safe in your yard , closed gate of course...i see too many cats roaming around that our neighborhood too as if nothing will happen...
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss, Jay. As I told you, I recently lost my Chiweenie girl that I had adopted. She was hit by a car and killed instantly. Nothing can replace the loss of these angels. They're special spirits that offer us unconditional love. They teach us so much. May we be grateful for the time they spent with us and the love they gave so abundantly. RIP, Jupiter.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz December 11, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I too am sorry for your loss Jay. I lost my Doggie in August. ( She was 17 years old). This is my first X-MAS without her. I'm so very sad....
Ginger December 11, 2012 at 07:05 AM
Am expressing sadness for Jupiter and condolences to you for losing a special creature. There will only be one cat like Jupiter, an original.
Esmée St James December 11, 2012 at 07:46 AM
That is devastating, Jay, I'm so sorry you lost your precious Jupiter. He looks just like my kitty who snuk out for a weekend once and returned, thankfully. She had narrowly escaped being eaten and was severely bitten. Pets really are angels and I daren't let mine out either, got to watch the doors like a hawk. I really feel for Jupiter's companion, Siamese are so loyal to each other.
Janine Sunlin Akerstrom December 13, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Thank you, Sheila for writing this article, and thank you all for your kind comments. Jupiter was the most beautiful, amazing cat Ed and I had ever known. We loved him with all our hearts, no different than if he were our own child. He brought light and joy into our lives after a very bad year in 2007, after Ed and I sadly both lost our mothers and our two beloved cats. Jupiter was a magnificently brilliant kitten, much quicker than Ganymede, who was just two days younger. He patently taught Ganymede all he knew. They loved each other so much. We continue giving Ganymede lots of love and cuddling to help us all through this. I would like to thank our wonderful neighbors for their kindness and support, many I had not met before. This is truly a wonderful community to live in, (minus the coyotes).

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