December 28, 2005

in memoriam of lottie

my 8 month old kitten lottie was put to sleep yesterday evening. she had a disease called feline infectious peritonitis, or FIP.
i brought her into the vet because i thought she was constipated. she had not gone to the bathroom in four days, she was not eating, and she did not want me to pick her up. when the vet looked at her, he noticed that she was breathing funny, and wanted to take an x-ray to look at her lungs. i sat nervously in the waiting room, just staring at the fish tank, until he called me into the room. he showed me the x-ray of her lungs, and they were all cloudy because they were filled with fluid. i immediately started to cry, because i knew what was going to come next. he told me that there was no treatment for FIP, and that they could try to drain her lungs, but it would be painful for her and she still would not live very long. then i had to decide what to do. i could have brought her home that night, but i did not think i'd be able to bring her back for them to put her to sleep, and the longer i kept her, the more pain she would be in. i decided to leave her there and have them put her to sleep tonight. i went in the back with the vet and saw her one last time. she was sitting in a cage, just looking at me with her big green eyes. i told her i loved her and that it was going to be okay, and i petted her one last time, and left the room.

lottie had the disease before i adopted her, she either got it from her mom or one of the other cats that she lived with. she had a complete checkup before i got her, but i guess this disease is not one of the more common ones, so they don't check for it.

i am really depressed right now, but it helps to think of it like this: i was brought into lottie's life so that she didn't have to suffer with this disease. if she was out in the wild, she would live until she couldn't breathe anymore, and she would have a lot of pain. and even if she was at the woman's house where i got her, they had about 40 cats, and would not have noticed the symptoms as soon as i was able to, so she would have suffered for a longer period of time. i hope that she is happy, wherever she is, and i will never forget her.

Posted by JenMagenta at December 28, 2005 12:17 PM

I'm sorry to hear that. :(

Posted by: Kristina at December 28, 2005 3:50 PM

sorry, jennie. lottie was a nice cat. shy, but nice. does the place you adopted from know she had this disease? that sounds like it could be a bad thing for the other cats they have. they could be passing it on to all sorts of cat families.

Posted by: holler at December 28, 2005 6:04 PM
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