I just joined the forum today and came across this section which almost seems like it was meant to be. Two weeks ago today I lost my little man, his name was Echo, and he was almost 8 monthes old. I am a vet tech at a clinic, but I also do cat rescue on the side. Well back in july I took in 3 kittens that were born to a feral in my neighborhood, 2 of the kittens were almost 3 pounds each, the 3rd was oly 1.8 pounds. My boss examined all of them and told me that the smallest had a very substantial heart murmer, and recomended an echocardiogram to determine if it was fixable (hence the name Echo). The echocardiogram showed that one of the valves in Echo's heart was practically nonexistant, and that the right side of his heart was severely enlarged, it was not fixable. I didn't want to adopt out a kitten who was not going to live very long, and maybe require quite a bit of medical care, so I kept him. Echo could not play like normal kittens because his heart could not keep up, so he was content to watch everyone else play and cuddle with them when they became tired. In the last couple of weeks of his life he would have these episodes of an irregular heartbeat, and not being able to catch his breath, so we set up a portable oxygen box to go with him (I would take him back and forth with me to work every day) back and forth. I brought him home Monday Dec 6th, and he was having an episode, I sat with on oxygen for an hour, but his heart just wouldn't regulate itself and he passed away. Echo was the most beautiful cat, long soft white hair with a black spot on the top of his head and another where his tail should be (he was a manx), he had one blue eye and one green eye, and always had a worried look on his face. Well, I recieved his ashes back today, and have to decided for the time being to take him to and from work with me because alot of our clients fell in love with him in the short time he was with us. Thank you for letting me get this off my chest, and give all of your cats a great big hug for me.
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12/20/04 at 12:12pm