We ended up putting our kitten Dodie down yesterday. It was one of the hardest things we had to do. She was not eating as well as she should, she started to stagger when she walked and we think she was losing her sight. The FIP disease was just too hard for her to fight.6
I think some of her habits such as putting her toy in the water, jumping on the couch with her wet toy, and talking to me while I made the morning coffee (things she stopped doing when she got sick) were possibly her way of saying goodbye and to remember the good times. We also believe the Lord knew this was going to happen and He needed someone to care for His furry creation because her time was limited. Dodie actually chose us at the shelter. She climbed on my husband Tim's lap and made herself comfortable. Her sister Kirstie did the same for my daughter. We knew we couldn't separate those two.
We are sad for ourselves but we are even sadder for littermate sister Kirstie. She sensed something was wrong with Dodie because she was always grooming her and she was gentle (sometimes!) when she wanted Dodie to play with her but Dodie was just too sick to play.
Yesterday Kirstie watched us carry Dodie in her crate and she became very alarmed when we arrived back from the vet upset and empty handed. She has been looking for her and the poor thing thing didn't even want to come out of my youngest daughter's room to eat this morning but stayed hid. The kitties usually sleep in my laundry room but we didn't have the heart to put her in there alone. She finally came out but she is very subdued. She keeps looking for Dodie hoping to see her.
We are not sure how to help Kirstie other than to just love on her and give her lots of attention. She is still a kitten herself so losing Dodie for me makes all the more sad because she was only nine months old.
It's easy to think, oh it's just a kitten and we need to just " get over it" but it is just not that easy since we have never gone through this as a family before.
Not to mention Dodie was perfectly created for us and it was our pleasure to have her for such a short time.