March 28th 2008 6:01 pm
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Bryce was the sweetest cat I have ever rescued. And I've rescued quite a few, for a few years, it was about 400 a year thru our house (yes we have all new furniture and carpet quite often).
Every pet sitter has said, after we get home, "that Bryce is so sweet, I just love him, he's special". Even the vet techs who see cats day in and day out, said the same thing. Our current pet sitter cried and cried when she found out he passed away. I have many email condolences and donations in his memory.
Bryce had a great attitude despite being in pain and having so many deformities. When he felt well, he really enjoyed life. He would really take off after the laser pointer, but got winded very quickly, he could last about 2 laps around the den and that was it.
Bryce had a horrible mouth condition that caused him alot of trouble eating. He had three surgeries (October 2006, summer 2007, and March 2008) to try to reduce the swelling and pain in his mouth. The vets would extract a few more teeth each time and laser the ulcerated tissues. Yes, this is very painful and the cats come out of the surgery with a morphine patch and sometimes a morphine IV drip in addition to the patch. VERY PAINFUL.
(Note: this condition is called Lymphomic Plasmacell Stomatitis, and is believed to be caused by vaccines, it is a new disease vets are starting to see and the treatments are new, there is no cure, research is underway).
Bryce had his 3rd surgery on March 11, 2008. He died March 25, 2008, two weeks later. We did everything we could to save him, and we really feel he had given up and was ready to leave his very painful life. We had a feeding tube put in so he could be fed while his mouth healed, we gave him a 2nd morphine patch when the first one wore off. He just didn't rally.
Doing rescue and shelter work leaves you scarred and battered. I saw 2 other deaths this week of cats in my care, but none has affected me in years like this one did. I am still crying and blaming myself for sending him to surgery. He was only three years old but he was already turning white in the face from all his pain in this short life.
Bless you Bryce, I will miss you like no other cat.
January 5th 2007 1:17 pm
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Where to start? Bryce has Ataxia (a birth defect in the rear legs, causing dislocated hips, dislocated kneecaps, and neurological issues).
He also has radial hypoplasia on the front (hyperextended "elbows" if you will).
Bryce has PPMs (persistent pupillary membranes) which are eye membranes that are supposed to dissolve while in the womb, so his eyes have a bluish / milky cast to them. We think this gives him a "haze" to see thru, kind of like dirty eyeglasses. The eye specialist thinks he has a condition called Mucopolysacaridosis which are birth defects affecting bones and eyes.
Bryce gets around great despite all this. He walks kind of like a bunny.
He also (yes there is more) has a skull that didn't quite form completely so we have to be careful of his upper neck as there is no skull protecting the brain stem area. Very odd!
His worst condition (yes there is more...) is Lymphomic Plasmacell Stomatitis (LPS) which is a relatively new disease some cats get and the vets are trying to figure it out. Bryce has just undergone surgery and is on medication and steroids to control inflammation and infection, and we are trying to maintain some quality of life for him.
He zooms around the house so you would never know he has all these challenges! His favorite thing is skidding on the kitchen tile while chasing the laser pointer!
Donations toward Bryce's care are needed, and tax deductible, because our shelter is an official charity. Thanks :)
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