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
I can remember the day I collected you from the vet and brought you home to live with us. It was a lovely day and I had been looking forward to bringing you home so much. You made yourself right at home and everybody fell in love with you. Your stay with us was very short, but we loved you with all our hearts.
Today Alfie was quite different. It was mingled with sadness because are no longer with us. Since you went to the bridge Alfie not one single day has passed that I haven't thought about you. When Buzz got killed the pain and sadness returned. Then we were blessed again Alfie, you and Buzz delivered two more wonderful kittens to us. This too was marred by sadness when we discovered that Flossie had Cerebeller Hypoplasia. I was so upset and wondered what I had done to deserve such a hand to be dealt to me. I shouldn't have worried though Alfie, because Freddie and Flossie are growing lovely. Flossie's disability hasn't been a problem and I have stopped feeling sorry for her and just accept her the way she is. We love them both so much. They are both delightful.
I have created them a Facebook Page and we are known as Freddie Flossie.
Thank you Alfie for choosing us to be your guardians while you were on this earth. I love you Alfie and I always will.
I cannot believe how time flies my sweet little furbaby. Today is your birthday and you would have been 2 years old today. How is it possible?
So much has happened since you died and left for the bridge. I remember it so vividly. It was the saddest day of my life. I cried so many tears. I never knew it was possible to cry so much.
Then on the 9th March 2012 I brought home two new fur babies, Buzz and Boo. That was a happy time, but it was mingled with sadness because you weren't with us. Buzz and Boo were such darling kittens and very, very slowly they healed our hearts. They grew into such magnificently beautiful cats. How they made me wonder how you would have grown up.
Life gradually returned to some normality and there have been many happy times. Then in May 2013 more heartache when Buzz went out through the catflap and never returned. A week later that call came in, the one I dreaded when the man from the railway told me he had found Buzz's collar on the line and that he had been killed by a train. Alfie, that was a double blow because the pain and heartache returned all over again and this time I was so deeply sorry for Boo because she missed her brother so much. We laid on the bed together and I cuddled her and cried into her fur. So many tears Alfie, so many tears. It took a long time for her to adjust, but she has lost the sadness. I showed her a picture of Buzz and she just put her paw on it, as if she missed him.
Then Alfie, because I never learn, I found myself with two more kittens in July this year. They are both little ginger kittens. Freddie is very naughty and reminds me of you. You were so naughty, adorable but so naughty. Flossie, beautiful little Flossie she reminds me of you every time I look at her. She has lots of little stripes. Such an exciting time when I collected them and yet there was more heartache to come when Flossie was diagnosed with Cerebeller Hypoplasia. I was devastated. What had I done to deserve such bad luck. I hated it that Flossie had this condition and I felt very, sorry for her and I felt very sorry for myself. How could I be so selfish I just don't know. Then came the point when I thought I was going to lose her and I realised just how much I loved them both.
They are a delight Alfie. I think you would like them. They are very special kittens and Flossie is an inspiration. I have learned to accept her illness. After all if she can bear it then so can I. I truly believe that you and Buzz found them and somehow made sure they got a loving forever home. Flossie & Freddie are yours and Buzz's legacy. Thank you we love them.
We will always love you and Buzz and you will both always hold a very special place in our hearts.
Oh my little man you received a great honour last week. OKR (Orange Kitties Rock) Kitty of the Week 12-18 August. How lovely. I would just like to thank everybody for the good wishes and gifts that came by way of concatulations.
Oh Alfie life is so very different since you've been gone and in some ways it's very much the same. The house is still full of furs. Little Freddie and Flossie have settled in nicely. They are both delightful. Freddie is a little livewire and Flossie is an inspiration with her condition. She is so determined to do everything and just doesn't give up. She just won't let that disability get in the way of anything.
Alfie, everytime I look at little Flossie I can see you. Every little tiny stripe reminds me of you so much. It's no wonder that everybody has a soft spot for her.
I have felt very tearful today, Alfie. You and Buzz have been on my mind a lot today. How I miss you both.