I’ve been putting off this post for a while, because it still upsets me so much: I’m very saddened to write about the deaths of our 2 young cats, Henry and Ella.
I never wrote about it, but back in December I took them in for a wellness check. Ella had some gunk in her eye that didn’t seem to go away so the vet gave me some drops which cleared it up. But as the weeks progressed they both also seemed to become finicky with their food and didn’t seem to be playing as much as young cats should. I could also tell that Ella had lost some weight and she had chronic diarrhea.
So in early January I took her back to the vet. A blood test showed that she tested positive for Feline Leukemia (FeLV), which was negative when I first brought them home from the farm. I had to then bring Henry in to be tested, but I already knew the answer: he was positive too. Needless to say I was quite devastated.
Long story short, I spent the next several months worrying about them: what they were eating or not eating, if there were any signs of illness, etc. Unfortunately, once a cat shows signs of FeLV, which can be anything from eye issues (Ella), gingivitis (Henry), digestive problems and more, their life expectancy is greatly diminished. And if they were infected as kittens like mine were, the odds are even worse.
I was sure that Ella would be the one to go first, as she continued to lose weight. Henry seemed pretty healthy, or so I thought.
In early April I sensed that something was not right with Henry — he really didn’t seem to be feeling well. Reluctantly I took him in and X-rays showed he had a mass in his abdomen which was likely lymphoma. We had no other choice but to put him to sleep that day.
At the rate Ella was losing weight I knew in my heart that she would not last past Memorial Day weekend, and in mid-May I thought I could feel a mass on her side. She also continued to have severe diarrhea which would not clear up no matter what I tried to do. We finally decided we had to say good-bye to her six weeks after we put Henry to sleep.
I thought for sure these were the kitties who would live long, healthy lives with us, but it was not to be. I won’t say there won’t be other cats in our future, but I must admit that I’m somewhat relieved not to have to worry about them anymore. I sure do miss them though.