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(ABC Local)   Fame can be fleeting, unless you're Hamilton the mustachioed hipster cat, of course. Formerly a shelter cat, Hamilton now has 160,000 followers on Facebook, is an ambassador for humane societies, and totally liked Caturday before it was cool   (abclocal.go.com) divider line 1116
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2013-07-26 01:20:15 PM

DoomsDayAardvark: As many of you are already aware, I have some very sad news to relate this week, but I'll relate the story for everyone.

Tuesday evening, my sweet little Kay began to yowl in pain, and then vomit.  He did this twice before he decided to go to his hidey-spot under the basement steps.  After a little while, he came out, looking like he didn't feel very good.  I was lying on the basement floor with him for a little while, when he yowled and vomited again.  At that point, I decided it was time to take him to the vet, but since it was after 10, his regular vet was closed.  Fortunately, I live quite close to a 24-hour emergency vet clinic.  He was admitted almost instantly.

They did some x-rays, and some other tests, and couldn't find anything definitive.  They gave him some anti-nausea medication, but it did nothing for him, so they decided they should keep him overnight for pain medication and observation.  I got home around 2 in the morning without him.  I snapped this pic as I said good night to him.

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/side note...This woman is a  saint

Wednesday morning, I was awakened by a call from the emergency vet saying that Kay had taken a turn for the worse, and that I should come see him.  He hung on just long enough for me to get there, and have about 10 minutes to say goodbye.  I held his paw as he took his last breath and drifted away.

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I spent much of the rest of the day sobbing.

For a long time, I've used writing as a coping technique.  I prepared this obituary for Kay to help myself through it.  (Don't everybody click that link at once -- my host probably can't take a farking).  It helped, but it still hurts.

Many of you have already written kind words on Facebook and in emails.  I cannot thank you all enough for the love and support you've shown me in the last few days.  There are so many of you that to try to list you all individually is doomed to failure -- the list of who hasn't expresse ...


Hugs
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2013-07-26 01:30:51 PM
Sad to hear the lost kitty news.
 
2013-07-26 01:34:13 PM

Unfortunately, BigHairyGuy and Ialso have a sad in our household this week.  Leonardo has been losing weight and just recently was diagnosed with IBS and lymphoma in his small intestines.  We worked with the Vet to get him better with steroids, appetite stimulants and anti nausea meds, and things were looking ok.  But Tuesday, after he got his daily pills (the sweetie was SO good about taking his pills), he started acting extremely weird.  By Tuesday night, I was so worried I called the Vet too see what was going on.  She mentioned side effects of the appetite stimulants, and checking the internet we found his symptoms were spot on for Serotonin Syndrome, so we were all set up to take him in Wednesday morning. When we got there, the Vet took a look at him and said he was very dehydrated, and might need some electrolytes, and he wanted to do some blood work and kept him for the day to see how he did after that course of action.

Well with a VERY high white blood cell count, and abnormal liver numbers, the Vet did x-rays and an ultrasound, and our poor baby's liver was in very bad shape.  About all we could do was to keep him medicated and try to make him comfortable.  We didn't feel right letting him suffer just to keep him with us, so Leo crossed the Rainbow Bridge Wednesday evening.

Leo was a rescue kitty, and became my Master in March of 2004.  BigHairyGuy joined us in 10/2009.
Sweet, sassy, cuddly and silly; he leaves a big hole in our lives and in our hearts.

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2013-07-26 01:43:50 PM
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Awesome! Totally awesome! All right, Hamilton!
 
2013-07-26 01:47:19 PM
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Daisy Mae sends kisses

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This is what a Tutu in a box looks like. Best nest evah.
 
2013-07-26 01:48:28 PM

MizMezcalita: Unfortunately, BigHairyGuy and Ialso have a sad in our household this week.  Leonardo has been losing weight and just recently was diagnosed with IBS and lymphoma in his small intestines.  We worked with the Vet to get him better with steroids, appetite stimulants and anti nausea meds, and things were looking ok.  But Tuesday, after he got his daily pills (the sweetie was SO good about taking his pills), he started acting extremely weird.  By Tuesday night, I was so worried I called the Vet too see what was going on.  She mentioned side effects of the appetite stimulants, and checking the internet we found his symptoms were spot on for Serotonin Syndrome, so we were all set up to take him in Wednesday morning. When we got there, the Vet took a look at him and said he was very dehydrated, and might need some electrolytes, and he wanted to do some blood work and kept him for the day to see how he did after that course of action.

Well with a VERY high white blood cell count, and abnormal liver numbers, the Vet did x-rays and an ultrasound, and our poor baby's liver was in very bad shape.  About all we could do was to keep him medicated and try to make him comfortable.  We didn't feel right letting him suffer just to keep him with us, so Leo crossed the Rainbow Bridge Wednesday evening.

Leo was a rescue kitty, and became my Master in March of 2004.  BigHairyGuy joined us in 10/2009.
Sweet, sassy, cuddly and silly; he leaves a big hole in our lives and in our hearts.

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(((Hugs)))
 
2013-07-26 01:51:14 PM
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Here's an older photo:
"Okay, he's out cold. Get the lipstick!"
 
2013-07-26 02:08:55 PM
MizMezcalita so sorry to hear of your loss. It takes a great deal of courage to let one of our furry-friends go. I am sure that Leo is resting comfortable over the Bridge now.

((Hug))
 
2013-07-26 02:08:58 PM
Here are some other cats I know.

My sister's girl, Nipper
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She has a black boy named Rover, but he doesn't cooperate for camera sessions apparently.

And here are my daughter's two cats

Duff was Boots and Baby's son, she adopted him last november
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And here are a couple of pix of Tot, her first kitty:

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2013-07-26 02:14:30 PM

MizMezcalita: Unfortunately, BigHairyGuy and Ialso have a sad in our household this week.  Leonardo has been losing weight and just recently was diagnosed with IBS and lymphoma in his small intestines.  We worked with the Vet to get him better with steroids, appetite stimulants and anti nausea meds, and things were looking ok.  But Tuesday, after he got his daily pills (the sweetie was SO good about taking his pills), he started acting extremely weird.  By Tuesday night, I was so worried I called the Vet too see what was going on.  She mentioned side effects of the appetite stimulants, and checking the internet we found his symptoms were spot on for Serotonin Syndrome, so we were all set up to take him in Wednesday morning. When we got there, the Vet took a look at him and said he was very dehydrated, and might need some electrolytes, and he wanted to do some blood work and kept him for the day to see how he did after that course of action.

Well with a VERY high white blood cell count, and abnormal liver numbers, the Vet did x-rays and an ultrasound, and our poor baby's liver was in very bad shape.  About all we could do was to keep him medicated and try to make him comfortable.  We didn't feel right letting him suffer just to keep him with us, so Leo crossed the Rainbow Bridge Wednesday evening.

Leo was a rescue kitty, and became my Master in March of 2004.  BigHairyGuy joined us in 10/2009.
Sweet, sassy, cuddly and silly; he leaves a big hole in our lives and in our hearts.

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I am so very sorry for your loss of Leo.  He was so very lucky to have both of you love him so much that you wouldn't let him suffer.  (((((((hugs)))))))
 
2013-07-26 02:14:53 PM

MizMezcalita: Unfortunately, BigHairyGuy and Ialso have a sad in our household this week.  Leonardo has been losing weight and just recently was diagnosed with IBS and lymphoma in his small intestines.  We worked with the Vet to get him better with steroids, appetite stimulants and anti nausea meds, and things were looking ok.  But Tuesday, after he got his daily pills (the sweetie was SO good about taking his pills), he started acting extremely weird.  By Tuesday night, I was so worried I called the Vet too see what was going on.  She mentioned side effects of the appetite stimulants, and checking the internet we found his symptoms were spot on for Serotonin Syndrome, so we were all set up to take him in Wednesday morning. When we got there, the Vet took a look at him and said he was very dehydrated, and might need some electrolytes, and he wanted to do some blood work and kept him for the day to see how he did after that course of action.

Well with a VERY high white blood cell count, and abnormal liver numbers, the Vet did x-rays and an ultrasound, and our poor baby's liver was in very bad shape.  About all we could do was to keep him medicated and try to make him comfortable.  We didn't feel right letting him suffer just to keep him with us, so Leo crossed the Rainbow Bridge Wednesday evening.

Leo was a rescue kitty, and became my Master in March of 2004.  BigHairyGuy joined us in 10/2009.
Sweet, sassy, cuddly and silly; he leaves a big hole in our lives and in our hearts.

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MizMezcalita: Unfortunately, BigHairyGuy and Ialso have a sad in our household this week.  Leonardo has been losing weight and just recently was diagnosed with IBS and lymphoma in his small intestines.  We worked with the Vet to get him better with steroids, appetite stimulants and anti nausea meds, and things were looking ok.  But Tuesday, after he got his daily pills (the sweetie was SO good about taking his pills), he started acting extremely weird.  By Tuesday night, I was so worried I called the Vet too see what was going on.  She mentioned side effects of the appetite stimulants, and checking the internet we found his symptoms were spot on for Serotonin Syndrome, so we were all set up to take him in Wednesday morning. When we got there, the Vet took a look at him and said he was very dehydrated, and might need some electrolytes, and he wanted to do some blood work and kept him for the day to see how he did after that course of action.

Well with a VERY high white blood cell count, and abnormal liver numbers, the Vet did x-rays and an ultrasound, and our poor baby's liver was in very bad shape.  About all we could do was to keep him medicated and try to make him comfortable.  We didn't feel right letting him suffer just to keep him with us, so Leo crossed the Rainbow Bridge Wednesday evening.

Leo was a rescue kitty, and became my Master in March of 2004.  BigHairyGuy joined us in 10/2009.
Sweet, sassy, cuddly and silly; he leaves a big hole in our lives and in our hearts.

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I'm so sorry. That is and always will be one of the most painful decisions we have to make as pet slaves. You did the right thing.
 
2013-07-26 02:18:01 PM
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2013-07-26 02:19:01 PM
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2013-07-26 02:25:39 PM
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2013-07-26 02:26:16 PM
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I tried to get some close...closer...closerest (?) pics of Jazz. When she saw the flash...she gave me *the look*, and I could almost hear her southern voice say, "Oh, Hay'll, no!".

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2013-07-26 02:27:22 PM
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2013-07-26 02:34:54 PM

DoomsDayAardvark: MizMezcalita: Unfortunately, BigHairyGuy and Ialso have a sad in our household this week.  Leonardo has been losing weight and just recently was diagnosed with IBS and lymphoma in his small intestines.  We worked with the Vet to get him better with steroids, appetite stimulants and anti nausea meds, and things were looking ok.  But Tuesday, after he got his daily pills (the sweetie was SO good about taking his pills), he started acting extremely weird.  By Tuesday night, I was so worried I called the Vet too see what was going on.  She mentioned side effects of the appetite stimulants, and checking the internet we found his symptoms were spot on for Serotonin Syndrome, so we were all set up to take him in Wednesday morning. When we got there, the Vet took a look at him and said he was very dehydrated, and might need some electrolytes, and he wanted to do some blood work and kept him for the day to see how he did after that course of action.

Well with a VERY high white blood cell count, and abnormal liver numbers, the Vet did x-rays and an ultrasound, and our poor baby's liver was in very bad shape.  About all we could do was to keep him medicated and try to make him comfortable.  We didn't feel right letting him suffer just to keep him with us, so Leo crossed the Rainbow Bridge Wednesday evening.

Leo was a rescue kitty, and became my Master in March of 2004.  BigHairyGuy joined us in 10/2009.
Sweet, sassy, cuddly and silly; he leaves a big hole in our lives and in our hearts.

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(((Hugs)))


To you too!
 
2013-07-26 02:35:05 PM
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2013-07-26 02:37:17 PM
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2013-07-26 02:38:46 PM
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2013-07-26 02:41:09 PM
Guess who found another folder on photobukkit! ... ;)

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2013-07-26 02:42:11 PM
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2013-07-26 02:57:36 PM
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2013-07-26 03:01:01 PM
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2013-07-26 03:04:26 PM
Come to think of it...this may just be the same photobukkit album that I 'find' every few years!....

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2013-07-26 03:05:18 PM
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2013-07-26 04:19:42 PM
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2013-07-26 04:24:07 PM

*find the cat*

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2013-07-26 04:27:02 PM
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