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My Orange Life

Thank You All!

May 14th 2010 5:14 pm
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Mommy and I just wanted to thank all of my furriends and all of her friends for their messages, Catster gifts, real life gifts, cards, phone calls, virtual hugs, and good thoughts. We are totally overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support that we have received from everyone. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Mommy would like to say something:

My heart was broken on May 4th, and I never could have made it through this past week and a half if it wasn't for all of you. I always knew that Catster was a caring, compassionate community, and you have proven just that.

When I adopted Tommy, he was a scared little kitten. I got him to trust me by patiently getting him used to my presence. One day, I took his dinner in to him and put it on the floor. I then proceeded to sit on the floor across the room from him and eat my own dinner. I edged my way closer and closer and eventually picked him up so that he was eating in my arms. That was the beginning, and he learned to trust me. We grew very close, and I came to get used to my nightly orange cuddles from my Honey Boy.

When I found out he had FeLV, I was devastated. His first vet suggested that I make him an angel right then and there. But instead, I brought him home and did research. With the help of his holistic vet, Dr. Nan, he thrived WAY past the year he was supposed to live.

He did very well up until January, when I noticed a scratch on his chin. That healed up very well, but at the end of January, he started having weird spells where he would hit his face. At first, I thought maybe it was an ear infection. His ears were fine, so we suspected dental trouble. I took him to a dental specialist, who gave him an antibiotic, which seemed to work, but only for a while.

He continued to slowly lose weight, and began to decline more rapidly at the end of April. I was very concerned, so I took him to Dr. Nan who confirmed that he had lost about 2 pounds. She drew blood, which showed that he was very anemic, he had low white blood cells, and a high ALT of 799. Being a nurse, I knew what all of this meant. The FeLV was affecting his blood counts and his liver. We started him on some supplements and planned to start LTCI, a treatment for FeLV, as soon as Dr. Nan could get it in.

During his last week, I did everything to try and get him to eat. I opened can after can of cat food, gave him tuna juice, chicken broth, baby food - anything to get some nourishment in him. It also made me very sad because this was my boy who used to be SO happy. So playful. So excited about eating. He used to come running down the hall if I so much as stepped foot in the kitchen. Now it was an accomplishment to get him to even look at food. I think the thing that bothered me most was that he had ceased to be happy. So you see, I started grieving the loss of my orange cuddlebug days before he actually went to the bridge. His life, as it had once been, was no longer. I knew, in my heart, that he would never again be the same.

He spent all day Monday on my bed, and wouldn't take even a bite of food. Then on Tuesday morning, I woke up and was shocked to find him in my spare bedroom, on his side on the floor. I saw that he was breathing, so I picked him up. His bottom was wet. He couldn't make it to the litterbox. I think this was when I realized what I had to do. He was so weak, too weak to take more than a couple steps. My sister called her vet for me since Dr. Nan wasn't going to be in until later, and I didn't want to go back to the first vet. She got us the first available appointment.

The vet looked him over and confirmed what I already knew - it was time to help Tommy go to the bridge. They took him out of the room and put a little IV catheter in him. Then they brought him back in and gave me some time with him. I told him he was going to go to sleep, and he wouldn't be sick anymore. I told him he was going to go be with Tabby, and her husband Boingo. I told him he wouldn't have FeLV anymore. Then the vet came back in, gave him his medicine, and I watched him drift off to a peaceful sleep.

Once again, now through tears, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your love and support. I have a place all ready for him for when he comes home for good on Monday.

All my love,
Tommy's mom, Lisa


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Purred by: Kristina R

May 14th 2010 at 5:24 pm

Meowmy got goose bumps and tears reading this!! R.I.P. Tommy!

Purred by: Alfiechinacat UK (Catster Member)

May 14th 2010 at 5:32 pm

Huge Hugs through my tears.This brings back memories of my FIV rescue George... You are in my thoughts .Tommy is Flying Free ,Running through the Medows as he waits for you at the Bridge. Hugs n Purrs Lyn n Alfie
Purred by: Quinn C. (Catster Member)

May 14th 2010 at 5:54 pm

Purred by: Ka - zar 1.6.1998 to 25.2.2014 (Catster Member)

May 14th 2010 at 9:21 pm

A beautiful story about a beautiful boy and his loving mum, Who never gave up on him and loved him until the very end.
Purred by: Taag

May 14th 2010 at 10:25 pm

Sweet Tommy !

What a special guy you are. Look at how very deeply your life on Earth touched your Mommy. Look at how deeply your paw print is forever etched on her heart.
All paths cross for a reason and I'm so glad that your and your Mom's intersected.
Farewells are never easy.
Much Love to you and your human family.
Purred by: Zoe our Princess 4ever Loved (Catster Member)

May 15th 2010 at 5:38 am

All Mom knows is that when we see each other again there will be tears but OMC they will be tears of JOY!!!
Purred by: Tyson Little Honey Boy Angel (Catster Member)

May 15th 2010 at 2:41 pm

My dad calls me his Honey Boy too. How sad for you Tommy sweet little boy, to be sick. We have gone through this too when it breaks our heart to see when our kitties are not themselves and we have felt like your Mommy felt. Sometimes some of us improve, and sometimes not. The main thing is to keep the family as long as you can, continue to go on with faith in the Good. Your Mommy did it right. I see you had a beginning with your family like me - I was still there a long time at Pet Smart which made Dad know that he was meant to adopt me! Thanks for this beautiful diary today and for touching our hearts.
Love Tyson, Felix's brother.
Purred by: Tiger - In Loving Memory (Catster Member)

May 16th 2010 at 1:34 pm

That was simply beautiful, as I wipe the tears from my eyes. You gave Tommy a chance at life, that some people might not have. His time may have been short, but filled with the love he so deserved. You are an angel Lisa. Thank you for giving Tommy a loving, happy life. My thoughts and love are with you. *hugs*

May Tommy's pawprints always be in your heart.

Tiger's mommy, Natalie

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