|Premier Vieuxtemps Impromptu in old age|
He was one of our 'piano litter' born in May 1995; mum was Tarrakatt Tahnee, daughter of the first stud cat imported into the UK, and dad was my own first NFC stud cat, the very wonderful Kyrrekatt Kistrand. The kittens were all either pure white or black smoke or solid black and white. They frequently arranged themselves at Tahnee's milk bar in the manner of piano keys - black then white then black then white - so we gave them names related to the piano in general, and Chopin in particular. Imp's siblings' names were Vieuxtemps Nocturne, Scherzo, Mazurka, Prelude and Ivory.
|Mum Tahnee, with her piano litter|
|Imp (left) and his dad, odd-eyed Kistrand who died a few years ago, were literally inseparable|
|Imp as a kitten|
|Premier Vieuxtemps Impromptu in his prime: photo by Alan Robinson|