Goodbye - Alfie's story written 4th January 2012

Whether a cat dies, is lost or stolen, or must be placed in a new home, this is the place to gather together to give and receive love and support when you experience the loss of a beloved cat.

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Purred: Sat Jan 7, '12 3:03pm PST 
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 12 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, England 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 7.5 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.

Althea, PAWS

The Special,- Precious, Petite- PrinCESS
Purred: Sat Jan 7, '12 4:00pm PST 
I have tears for your pain, yet I know that Alfie is so, so blessed to have found you - you, who provided the love and care he might not otherwise have known, the love and care denied to so very many homeless cats. May Alfie's Creator bless you mightily for putting Alfie's welfare above your own, for taking on pain to spare him. And may He comfort you and lead your heart to peace.


Miss Tasha Belle
Purred: Sat Jan 7, '12 5:42pm PST 
So sorry to read about little Alfie passing awayfrown I'm glad that you brought joy to each other's lives in the short time you had together.


Knead softly &- carry a big purr
Purred: Sat Jan 7, '12 8:24pm PST 
sending you purrs for your loss. no matter how long they are in our lives, they are a part of us.

Alfie - Angel DB#14

Little Darling
Purred: Sun Jan 8, '12 12:28am PST 
Thank you for your lovely comments. I posted Alfie's story because I wanted everyone to know about him and it gave me some comfort to sit and write it.


Princess Forever
Purred: Sun Jan 8, '12 4:50am PST 
It will take time to feel better. My Natasha was given her wings on December 3rd, 2011 and it has been a month. Alfie may have been with you for such a short time but he will always be in your hearts....May his next time here be longer and with you......a good family..

CK Angel- Ryder- Knowles

I'm a Carolina- Kitten in New- York!
Purred: Sun Jan 8, '12 7:07am PST 
Leap gently into the arms of Bast, little one. We know that your Wings are there for you and you're learning to fly.

Oh, these babies break our hearts when they go...but I'm convinced they come back home to us or send us emmisaries. When I yell at CK Angel Ryder I have to laugh no matter how naughty he is because I remember my beloved Cee Cee sent him to us.

Your time with Alfie was short, but you are angels...you did all you could and fought the good fight. Many hugs from the humans and purrs from the cats.

love the Kew Gardens Crew and pawrents.

Neko Mana

Oh hai...I haz- mad ninja skillz
Purred: Sun Jan 8, '12 1:26pm PST 
At least Alfie had a loving home and people who loved him.

Casey - Forever- Loved RIP

The Year of the- Casey Cat!
Purred: Sun Jan 8, '12 6:36pm PST 
hug poor Alfie. I think you did a lot for Alfie. hug

♥Simo- n♥

Mommy's baby- kitty
Purred: Mon Jan 9, '12 9:28pm PST 
So sorry for your loss. hughughug It's never easy to lose a furbaby no matter how long or short a time they are in our lives. The love is real and the pain is the same. We send our purrs and prayers your way. hughughughug

Hugs and purrs,
Simon & Reuben(an angel)

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