stitch (at the rainbow bridge)

Maine Coon
Picture of stitch (at the rainbow bridge), a female Maine Coon

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Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:

February 14th 2010

Blue Tabby


other cats

Favorite Toy:
piece of wool

Favorite Nap Spot:
under the radiator

Favorite Food:
hills science diet



Arrival Story:

Stitch came to us in May 2010. We picked her out of the litter and she chose us. When I first held her she purred and purred and so I knew she was the one. She had huge saucer eyes. For a few months everything was perfect she was extremely active and used to jump and climb everything in sight. She loved to play with her toys and balls. Then in September when she was 7 months old she had a neurological episode. From happy and playful to being wobbly and unable to stand properly in an instant. The vet said it was FIP and we should put her to sleep but when she looked at me I could see it wasn't time. So instead we took her home and for several weeks I sat with her day and night and fed her by spoon and syringe, cleaned her and kept her comfortable. Gradually she got a bit better and was able to get up and move around and even play a little. She was still wobbly but she stopped falling over and seemed to be getting better. Then in November she rapidly went downhill and within a few days could not stand at all. So relucantly we agreed that we would have to put her to sleep. But when we took her to the vet he suggested that as it was only her legs that were unco-ordinated it might be treatable with steriods. So we gave it a go and sure enough in a few days she was back on her feet, albeit wobbly! And so we carried on, at the beginning of december we got another kitten Gizmo (stitch's younger sister) and together they played and chased each other. Stitch had a funny little run/hop that looked a bit like a giraffe. She liked to play with string and she could jump on the bed and would greet us in the morning with a loud purr and she used to rub her face against mine to wake me. She was always wobbly but she seemed to adapt. I was grateful when we got to christmas and she had her first xmas with us and when she made it to her birthday, Valentines day I was amazed. I thought perhaps she would be ok. But last week, the beginning of April I could tell things were not right. She was more wobbly and falling over and gradually over a few days got worse and worse. Still she purred when I stroked her and she spent most of her time sleeping next to me. On saturday it was a lovely day and fearing that her time might come soon we all spent the day in the garden. Stitch had never been in the garden before but she loved it she lay strtched out in the sun. Then suddenly on wednesday morning I was woken by a strange groaning noise and when she was laid on the bed she couldn't really open her eyes and her breathing was very weak. I knew that it was time. The vet was very gentle and soothing and spoke to stitch all the time telling her what a brave girl she had been. I held her paw and stroked her head gently as she died. I love her and miss her so much. She was my precious baby and I will always keep her in my heart. I hope that she forgives me for not being able to save her and that she is happy where ever she is. xx

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May 2nd 2011 10:20 am
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its been 3 weeks since I went to sleep. I have been keeping my mummy company even though she can't see me I know she feels me there. Last night after all the other cats had gone to bed I jumped up on the bed and mummy felt me walk up her leg like i used to and curl up behind her legs. Gizmo still can see me and we play together especially in the morning when we both run up and down the stairs. I can run faster now I am not in pain. I have told gizmo to look after mummy and be her special friend. For now I will stay around the house to keep an eye on everyone. I love you mummy and miss you lots xxx

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