Monday, December 18, 2017

Farewell, Maddie

This is absolutely NOT what I wanted to write about today.
This is the first photo I ever took of Maddie.  She's in the computer room, having just moved in a while earlier.  She didn't want the door closed for very long at all.  She soon made buddies with Horus and she played with him until Sea Shell came.
This is the last photo I took of Maddie.  She is sitting on the kitchen table.  She was a sweetheart.  She liked to sit on my lap and be petted while I was on the computer.  FIP came exactly like a thief in the night and stole her away from me.  At 8 last night, she was at dinner and nibbled at her food.  At midnight treat time, she didn't want her treats, which was unheard of.  Then I noticed her abdominal muscles working hard, just like Cissy's did the day before she died.  There is an all night emergency vet 36 miles away, but I don't have a car and my friend was in bed asleep, so I had to wait for morning.  By the time I could get her in to her regular vet, it was too late.  Her chest cavity was almost completely filled with fluid and she was suffocating.  The vet gave her a 1-2% chance of surviving an attempt to drain the fluid, so we put her to sleep.  During the wait between the sedative and the fatal injection, I held her in my lap.  I think that she liked that.  Now she is at the Rainbow Bridge.  Sea Shell must have run to greet her.  Now they are romping together on the grass with weather like spring, having an absolute ball together.

I keep thinking that I don't know how much more of this I can take, but then I look at all their sweet faces and know that I have to keep right on taking them in.  I find the strength by remembering that without me, they might not have a life at all.  They do all so much enjoy being here with me and each other that I absolutely cannot say, "Enough, no more!"  So, I will keep right on taking them in and taking care of them and losing them.  I must be doing something right because right now I have three five-year-olds who got the disease as kittens.  The expected lifespan with the disease is four years maximum.

12 comments:

Brian said...

I'm so very sorry. You are a blessing to all of them.

The Island Cats said...

Oh no! We are so very sorry.

Cathy Keisha said...

I'm here to pay my respects to Maddie. *bows head* Sending comforting purrz to those who loved her. She was too young to run to the Bridge.

meowmeowmans said...

We are so sorry, Karen Jo. Thank you for loving Maddie, and for the blessing that you are to all the babies lucky enough to come your way.

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

I'm so very sorry about Maddie. Again, thank you so much for loving these kitties and giving them a home where they have a chance to work through their FeLV health challenges. You gave Maddie a wonderful life for her time here, and that's really awesome.

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

Karen, you have earned many jewels in your crown in heaven.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

I am so sorry for the sudden loss of Maddie. It hurts so much to lose her, but you gave her a life she would not otherwise have had. I really am sorry.

Anonymous said...

We are so very sorry fur your loss. She is, was and always be bootyful. Now she is healthy and whole and young and furee. And, she will be 'membered furever. You gave her luv and a life she'd never had known without you. We're sendin' lots of purrayers and hugs.

Luv ya'

Dezi, Raena and monny A

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful girl. XO

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so sorry, Maddie was a beautiful girl and you truly are an angel to give these cats a chance at a normal life in a loving home for as long as they have. Paws of comfort and purrs of sympathy for your loss

William's Kith & Kin said...

Oh, this is such sad news. We know she has lots of friends at the Bridge, but really. We all send our purrs to you. :-(

Jans Funny Farm said...

Karen, I didn't realize you are posting again. Were sooooo far behind in everything. You are wonderful to give these kitties a chance at life and to take such good care of them, especially since losing them is so painful!

I'm sorry about Maddie. Hugs
Jan