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A loss of 3...in 6 weeks.

post #1 of 16
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My girlfriend and I have 5 cats.
We adopted Cobee (aka Cobalt) about 3 months ago - he is a year old and we could tell he NEEDED a play mate. So we went to the Human Society here in PHX (we adopted Cobee from the Arizona Animal Welfare League) and were told that adopting one kitten cost 65$ and if you adopted a second it cost only 75$... we were excited by this and thought bringing 2 kittens home would make both Cobee and us extremely happy. So we spent -all- day (7 hours) handling different kittens, talking, looking, etc. Then we found Snape and Sophie... a black little boy and a pure white little girl. They stole our hearts and we adopted them. We took them home and within 4 hours of playing the puffy game they were all playing. Shortly after my girlfriend's mom's cat had kittens that were ready for a home and my girlfriend REALLY wanted one so we adopted one, a black kitten that she named Baby Kitty. Then I made vet appointments for routine checks for a week later. We took them in (At this point sophie had become sick, we figured at worst it was a URI) and Snape was getting there. We were told that Cobee was fine but the babies both had Pnemonia that was on the verge of becoming Feline Lukemia... we were devastated when we were told the Vet gave them very little chance of survival even WITH the extremely expensive treatment. We called the Humane Society and was told we could take them back and they would take over care of them and give us ability to get 2 different kittens... so we did. We found and fell in love with litter mates that we named Billy and Lilly... they were black and white long haired kitties that had been abandoned and were total trash kitties. We took them home and they didnt take to Cobee at all that night but soon after liked him pretty well. Lilly got sick with an eye infection after about 3 weeks and it got really bad we took her in and were told she would need shots, medications, etc. We took her to the humane society and explained the situation - the lady was really mean about it and I felt horrible (and still do) about giving her to them to be put down (we were told that was the most humane thing, etc. by our vet) not to mention the humane society has vets look at the pets and if they think they are saveable they work on them. Anyway... we were at the humane society and we were talking to this guy, an older gentlemen, who had a female cat, 9 months old, fully vaccinated, not spayed, who was healthy as far as he knew. His wife had died the prior sunday and it was her cat, he had 2 others and they didnt care for her (hissed and attacked her - his wife kept them seperated but he couldnt because he was going to move in to a tiny 1 bedroom now that it was only him) so somehow we walked away with Jessie, a peach tabby.

We have 5 cats again and are happy, but we miss our 3 angels.

Sorry this was so long.


.Myles-Anthony
post #2 of 16
What was the kittens names that died ?
post #3 of 16
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Snape & Sophie.


.Myles-Anthony
post #4 of 16
But Didn't you lose 3?You adopted 5 kittens took 3 back to the shelter,Well that leaves 3 you still got.Right? Wrong?

I'm confused
post #5 of 16
R.I.P little ones you will be getting the love you need at the bridge now sweeties.


Having an animal is like a marriage-for better for worse,in sickness and in health.
post #6 of 16
I am sorry for your losses.

Rest in peace little angels.
post #7 of 16
Godspeed over Rainbow Bridge, Snape, Sophie and Lilly. What a emotional roller coaster - to have to make the difficult decision to send your precious babies over RB, yet having the joy of rescuing yet another kitty who needed a loving home. i applaud you both for having the courage to keep on loving and caring for more cats even as your heart grieves for those you've lost - it takes courage to love again when the pain of loss is so fresh. That is one argument that I've heard about prefering to get pets from the pet store or a reputable breeder - the health of the parents is good, so the babies don't have to suffer these awful problems. But even impoverished kitties deserve a chance to know what a safe, loving home is, with a real family - to have toys; snuggly beds; plenty of food, cool fresh water; an appreciative audience for all those cat feats; to be stroked and cuddled...
post #8 of 16
Condolences on the loss of Snape, Sophie and Lilly. What an awful time you have had! I never heard of a shelter putting kittens down for pneumonia or an eye infection! Poor little sprites! If I were in your shoes, I would try another vet who is more aggressive in treating the possible illnesses. Some vets really have an attitude of "its just a kitten", and don't realize how deeply the owner loves them!

My rescue has a policy that new adopters are to take the kittens to their own vet for a wellness check within days of being adopted. Ours are also up to date on vaccinations, and spayed or neutered when adopted. We still had a family who adopted 3 kittens this spring, only to have one die of apparent liver failure at 4 months. Very sad for them, but they were able to adopt another kitty who has fit into their family nicely. (He was one of my fosters!)

Rest in peace, Snape, Sophie, and Lilly. You were loved for the short time you were here!
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by furryferals View Post
But Didn't you lose 3?You adopted 5 kittens took 3 back to the shelter,Well that leaves 3 you still got.Right? Wrong?

I'm confused
Let me try to unconfuse you (sorry that was confusing)

We adopted...
Cobee 1st - we still have him... he has gone through the pain of losing the babes with us.

Then we got Sophie and Snape who we lost shortly after for being so sick and wanting to give them a rea chance at getting better (but we were told by the vet at the shelter that they would be put down for being so sick - exactly what our vet said would probably happen) and they were.

A couple days after that Jenn's kitten was brought to us (her moms cat had babes and she promised Jenn one) - she is fine we still have her.

We decided soon after to go back to the shelter that we got snape and sophie at and "try again" ...so we did. And we found and fell in love with Billy and Lilly.

Everything seemed fine but they both got URI's so we took care of those and then we "think" Lilly got a claw in the eye and it got really infected very very quickly. Her immunes went down and when we took her back to the vet we found out she had a URI and her eye was messed up really bad. We got some antibiotics and it didnt get any better. We took her to the shelter and talked to that vet and were given the oppinion to put her down or front the cash (A lot of cash) for a different antibiotic/treatment.

That was the day (the day we put her down) that we found Jessie (on total accident) ...shes the babe that is going to the vet next week because we think she may be pregnant and if she isnt she needs to be fixed. Anyway ...point being we have 5 again... and everyone is going to the vet in the next 2 weeks - again...

...we kinda freak out now too... hen someone just sneezes from a little dust or seems to be sleeping too much. But everyone seems ok. I think billy is sad....he keeps looking for Lilly.

Ok I will stop rambling.


.Myles-Anthony
post #10 of 16
Oh Snape,Rosie and LillyR.I.P ,Well thanks for explaining that.

What are the names of your other babies?
post #11 of 16
Myles-Anthony, it sounds like the shelters in your area are so overburdened that they have to triage, and that is so sad for the weaker ones who get put down. But at least they don't suffer, and there seems to be a never-ending tide of cats and dogs to take their place, as your experiences are proving. So please don't doubt that you have done the right thing for your 3 angel-kitties; after all, "nothing's sure but death and taxes", not one of us will escape either.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by furryferals View Post
What are the names of your other babies?

Our others are Tyrone (3 yrs), Cobee (1.5 yrs), Jessie (9 mos.), Billy (4 mos.), and Baby Kitty (3 mos.)
post #13 of 16
I'm so very sorry, this is so sad to lose 3 so soon like that

Play happily over the bridge you little angels, all the other TCS kittens are there to play with you

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post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by rosiemac View Post
I'm so very sorry, this is so sad to lose 3 so soon like that
Thank you for your condolences


.Myles-Anthony
post #15 of 16
I'm sorry about your three babies. But, I've been there at a sick kitty's euthanization, and I hope you know that there is truly peace. It's hard for us, but harder for them to suffer. Hugs - Kim
post #16 of 16
I'm sorry for your loss, especially 3 at one time. R.I.P. babies. But please know you did everything that you could to try and save the babies. At least now they are playing at the bridge.
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