Likes: Alfie loved our grown up Bengal Cross - Dave
Arrival Story: Alfie was a lovely little ginger tomcat which my husband acquired from our vet. They had a litter of kittens about 4 days old with no mother that someone had found in a shed back in September 2011 and they were lovingly hand reared by the nurses. Alfie was beautiful and was the first kitten to find a home.
We brought him home from the vets on 18 November when he was 8 weeks old. At 11 weeks old he went back to the vet for his first part of the vaccinations. He was a delight, an absolute mischevious terror and brought so much joy and happiness into our lives. I have always had cats/kittens and have 2 adult ones, but none have been as adorable as Alfie.
Alfie had a 2nd visit to the vet on Christmas Eve for his 2nd dose of vaccinations, but was a little under the weather so the vet gave him an antibiotic jab and some antibiotic tablets. He did not improve and by the 27th December I had admitted him to the vets for observation and blood tests. He had started to slow down and was not very playful. He wanted to sleep all the time and was eating very little. They took some blood samples and said it was possible he had been born with a liver shunt (portosystemic shunt). He was referred to Davies the Vet Specialists hospital near Barton Le Clay for Tuesday (yesterday). In between his visit to the vet and to the hospital yesterday Alfies little tummy became very big and he promptly went back to the vet who gave a mild diuretic – this was the day before yesterday.
Alfie was admitted yesterday and underwent several tests, blood tests, ultrasound of his abdomen and a sample was also taken of the fluid in his stomach. The diagnosis today which could not be 100% came back as Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) which is impossible to diagnose without tissue sample and Alfie was too ill.
After much discussion, crying and a whole load of pain we made the decision to let go with love and not prolong Alfie’s life just to ease our pain. When we visited him at the hospital today although he looked a bit perky and was trying to cry his meow was rather weak and pathetic. I held my fingers up in front of his face moving them up and down and side to side, but he did not follow them with his eyes. Both my husband and I are absolutely devastated as we love little Alfie with a passion he was with us just 6.5 weeks.
It was an extremely hard decision to make but we feel we made the right decision. Alfie was born on 18 September 2011 and died today 4th January 2012 he was nearly 16 weeks old.
I have read and learned much about this disease over the last few hours and I know that Alfie had the best of care from both my vet Aston Lee Vetinerary Surgery in Newport Pagnell and Davies the Vet Specialists. I truly believe that there can have been no other outcome for Alfie and that to try to prolong his life would have been selfish.
Rest in Peace Alfie because you were loved and you brought so much happiness into our lives. We would not have missed out on your short life for the world.
Bio: CATSTER HONOURS -
18 May 2012, 17 May 2012, 12 May 2012, 6 May 2012, 22 April 2012, 20 April 2012, 8 April 2012, 22 March 2012, 3 March 2012, 26 February 2012, 18 February 2012, 12 February 2012, 6 February 2012, 5 February 2012, 21 January 2012
24 March 2012
22 January 2012
OKR (Orange Kitties Rock) Kitty of the Week 13-18 August 2013
Today is your Gotcha Day. I wish so much you could be here sharing it with us.
I have had a happy day today Alfie but there is a tinge of sadness lurking in the background. You are so missed and I don't think that will ever change. It's days like today and your birthday that I think about what you would have been like all grown up. I expect you would be much like all our other kitties, magnificent.
There are 5 of them Alfie. Ollie and Dave (your bestest furriend) they were both here when you came and then there are Freddie and Flossie (the twins) and Boo. Boo had a brother, Buzz, but he sadly left us for the Bridge too. I like to think of you two playing together.
When you came it had been so long since we'd had a kitten in the house. Ollie was 14 and the youngest of 4 cats who had left for the Bridge one by one. Dave adopted us and he and Ollie had been good friends but had decided that they would only tolerate each other after all. Then we added you to our happy little band. It was 14 years since we'd had a kitten in the house and you were so much fun I couldn't believe I had left it for so long. I think, without realising it, I had been waiting for that one special kitten. The one that just melts your heart. By the time I brought you home we were both so smitten with you. Dave adopted you like a tiny little brother and Ollie, well Ollie was just disgusted.
Our furmily has settled down and I love all the furbabies, but we have the special one Flossie who had Cerebeller Hypoplasia and struggles on a daily basis to do normal things. She manages so well and is an absolute inspiration to all of us. She has just recently learned how to come down the stairs at 17 months old. She is a joy. They all are, but she has stolen a little corner of my heart all to herself. She is the baby of them all and the one that I have to take extra special care of.
You will never be forgotten Alfie. You touched our lives Alfie and you made way for so many other kitties. We love you. It was a priviledge go be chosen to be your human.
Happy 3rd Birthday my little Angel. I can just imagine you now down at the Angel Inn with all the other kitty angels having a ball.
Our dear friend Rory sent us a wonderful new picture which I have proudly displayed on your page.
Freddie and Flossie are chasing each other around and having fun and they so remind me of you with Dave. You would like them Alfie.
I still miss you every day Alfie and Buzz. It is so hard to believe that there was so much heartache in such a short space of time. How I wish you were both stil here with us.
Dad works with a lady called Trish she took one of your siblings from the litter, a beautiful little Tortie called Meg. I have not seen her since she was a small kitten. It gives me such comfort to know that she is thriving.
Can it really be two whole years since you made your journey to the bridge? It doesn't seem possible but I know it's true. Time goes so fast. There hasn't been one single day that's gone by that you have not found your way into my thoughts at some point in the day. It isn't always sad thoughts Alfie. Sometimes when I think of you I laugh especially when I recall how naughty you could be like the time you knocked the clock off the mantelpiece and when I came to see what the noise was you were sitting where the clock used to be. You looked so pleased with yourself and I never had the heart to chastise you. I have never been able to bring myself to replace that clock. You were so funny, a real live wire, an absolute delight whom everybody adored.
Last night when I went to bed I checked the time and it it was 10 past midnight and I knew that it meant it was 4th January. That was when the sadness wrapped itself around me and the tears flowed once more. I knew it would happen Alfie. Little Flossie was on the bed and she crept up to my face as if to comfort me. It's very strange how cats have the ability to sense when their humans are sad. Boo was the same when Buzz died she let me cry into her fur but she was sad herself because she missed her brother so much.
All your empty spaces have gradually been filled by new kittens and they have brought joy and sometimes sadness into the house.
You were the most precious fur baby and I still miss you so very much.
I will always treasure the very short time you spent with us Alfie. It was a privilege to be your human.
Bye bye for now Alfie my sweet fur baby you may be gone but know this you will always be loved wherever you are and you will never, never be forgotten.