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New and in mourning

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In August 2003 a beautiful, blue stray appeared smack in the middle of my front doorstep. She was hungry and when I opened the door to bring out some food and water she walked in like she was home. I took Carmen in and eventually to the vet and learned Carmen was between 12-14 months and pregnant. Voodoo (solid black) and Gateway (tuxedo) were born in October. We kept the family together.

All were spayed/neutered, treated regularly by the vet, and up to date on shots. The one thing that was not addressed was testing for FeLV/HIV. This weekend, we lost Gateway to FeLV. It was all so sudden - he became symptomatic just last week! He was bigger and stronger than either Voodoo and Carmen and much more docile - he was the last one I thought anything would happen to! I wish I knew then what I now know about these diseases - I would have addressed this with the vet from the get go, especially with Carmen having been a stray. But you don't think of complexities when you do something simple like taking in a stray cat.

When Gateway became sick last week, I had posted some inquiries on the Health and Wellness forum. The responses were helpful as they were comforting when I posted the eventual loss of my beloved Gateway.

In the aftermath of Gateway's loss, I am a wiser and more knowledgeable cat lover/owner and glad to be a member of the catsite.com community. I am also loving my Carmen and Voodoo more so than usual and hoping when they get tested this week, their prognosis will be better.
post #2 of 13
Very sorry on the loss of Gateway. Best of luck with the testing on Carmen and Voodoo...Sue
post #3 of 13
So sorry of yout loss of Gateway! He is at the Rainbow Bridge waiting to see you again!
Welcome to TCS! Hope you learn alot and receive comfort from all here.
post #4 of 13
I am so sorry to hear about Gateway. I too a couple of years ago took in two wonderful strays who unknown to us at the time were FIV positive. They have both since passed and I now know so much more about FIV as well. I hope all test come out negative.

Welcome to the site!!!
post #5 of 13
Hello It's nice to meet you!
I am very sorry for your loss.

post #6 of 13
Welcome. I'm sorry that such sad circumstances led you to the site, but we are happy to have you .
post #7 of 13
Hi and welcome! I am so sorry about the loss of your sweet Gateway. I hope you find the strength and courage to get through this very difficult time. You will support here whenever you need it
post #8 of 13
Hello there and welcome to The Cat Site

We are glad you found us...

You will love it here

I'm so sorry about your loss of Gateway

post #9 of 13
I am so sorry that sadness brought you to us, but I have seen your thread about Gateway in the bridge forum. I am so sorry that you lost your darling boy but thankfully you are more the wiser now. Its never easy to loose a loved one. Please know we are all here for you during this time of sadness... it will get easier

Welcome to TCS

Please send me or another mentor a message if you need any help at all in
the forums.

welcome again from me and my boys
post #10 of 13
Hello and welcome to TCS!

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss **hugs**
post #11 of 13
Sorry about your loss. Welcome to TCS.
post #12 of 13
Hi and Welcome to TCS!!!! ....

See you on the forums!
post #13 of 13
Welcome to TCS!

I'm sorry to hear about Gateway.. glad you joined, though.

See you around the forums!
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