Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dreaded Update on Dodie

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.

6 comments:

  1. Aw. Poor Dodie, poor Shea family, poor Kirstie! How is Kirstie doing this morning? I am sorry! Bruce the cat is doing pretty poorly. His back legs are really wobbly and I think maybe painful. He is diabetic, and I think it is diabetic neuropathy. I don't know how long he can go on with it. We will take it day by day.

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    1. I'm sorry about Bruce. Its hard to see our cats suffer. Do they make pain meds for cats? How old is he?
      Kirstie is still looking for Dodie and is very clingy. Not so much she wants to be held but just doesn't want to be alone. She's been hanging out in my empty canning jar box. It's small so she just likes to comfort herself there.

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  2. I'm guessing getting another kitten is out of the question. Of course, it might make Kirstie even more needy. Play with her, love her, and give her some time.

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    1. Unfortunately due to the nature of the virus Dodie died of we couldn't bring another kitten in. Kirstie has been exposed but has not shown any signs of FIP. She may never get it or she could start showing signs of it. You just never know.

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  3. I missed that part of your post. That's was I get for glancing. Let's pray she never gets it.

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    1. We are praying Kirstie doesn't get it that for sure. We watch her breathing to make sure she is breathing well. Poor little Dodie was struggling so hard to breath. It was very sad.

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