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.
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.