Re: [feline-heart] My beloved Bowie - passed away yesterday
- --- cpw216@... wrote:
> Hello to all,I am really sorry about Bowie.You did all you
> I am new to the group today.
> My beloved cat, Bowie passed away yesterday after
> suffering a stroke
> and paralysis on Monday. We happened to be away for
> a few days and
> left him looking bright and cheerful although he is
> always sad when
> we go out of the door.
> Bowie started showing problems this time 2 years ago
> with high level
> of fluid in his lungs showing congestive heart
> failure. Rushed into
> the country vets he underwent major care and love
> and diuretic care.
> After a few days, he returned home but looked tired
> and wasnt
> interested anything so I fed him with liquid via a
> After another week, he collapsed with increased
> breathing and open
> mouth, again I rushed him to the vets and he stayed
> in hospital for a
> week while they syringed the fluid off his chest and
> gave him oxygen.
> We thought it may be a reaction to aromatherapy oils
> which i had that
> xmas and we thought it may be respiratory/asthma.
> He had been diagnosed a few months earlier with a
> slight heart
> murmour but the vet didnt think there was a link.
> I nursed him round the clock as I was not working at
> the time so I
> was there for him and saw him come to life again,
> back mousing and
> rabbit catching. A full recovery we thought.
> All seemed well until 19 months later, he started
> sores/ulcers on his face and legs ( we think it may
> have been dietary
> or reaction to ticks) and ear infection so he was
> very quiet and felt
> very sorry for himself due to the creams and tablets
> we gave him. On
> his second check up , the vet noticed his chest was
> noisy so he went
> into hospital again. Diuretics and bloods and xrays
> showed an
> enlarged heart and we started him on aspirin
> After 3 weeks he was bright and full of life again
> and out mousing.
> After 24 hour sleeping on the sofa with him (as he
> wouldnt move from
> one room) giving him tiny amounts of food when he
> wanted it - we
> thought he was getting stronger.
> The vet didnt seem to think the heart was a major
> problem and
> suggested we take him off aspirin which I did. ( he
> got really
> stressed with pills)
> His back legs went on 2/3 occasions when we gave him
> pills so I felt
> that there may be something going on - the vet
> Everything since September was going well - he
> seemed bright , good
> appetite and enjoying life. I noticed during xmas -
> nyear that the
> water was going down fast but with 2 cats didnt
> really know who it
> was and sometimes they do drink more with the heat
> in the house at
> winter. I noticed his fur was not great but not
> massively different.
> I had booked an appointment for a check up for him
> this week to make
> sure we where ok.
> Unfortuneatley, early am on monday 1st - he suffered
> a clot and was
> found by his carers on the floor paralysed and
> crying - he had got to
> his poo tray too late and showed signs of diarrohea.
> He was rushed to the vets and was sedated and but on
> diuretics - we
> travelled back to find a note and spoke to the vet
> who explained the
> I saw him the day before he died, looking peaceful
> and quiet, warm
> and cosy. the nurses looking after him well.
> I somehow knew that this very strong little spirit
> had had enough
> although he didnt want to leave me. He didnt purr,
> but he moved to
> look at me and his eyes although bright, looked
> I spoke to the vet yesterday am and he said he had
> moved to his tray
> to pee and made it but no feeling in his legs. at
> 1.30pm , he
> meowed, the nurse went in and he fell asleep
> I am not sure if he suffered another attack or if he
> wanted to tell
> someone he was leaving - I wasnt there at the point
> of most pain for
> him which I have throughout the last 12 years and
> certaninly the last
> 2 years - I will regret this. I also wanted to be
> with him when he
> died - I will regret this.
> I know he had cardiomyopathy and it was obviously
> working its course
> since 2 years ago - I am not sure what other things
> we could do for
> him - except maybe have looked at his kidney failure
> - blood tests in
> Sept did not show any signs of failure so it must
> have been rapid.
> I rejoice in a beautiful 2 years with him.
> I am grieving terribly and need to write this mail
> to express my
> feelings. My loss is great as he was very close to
> me. I would
> like , however, other cats to benefit from this
> Clare Woods
> Hi Claire,
could to help him.I am sure he appreciates all you did
and he is waiting at the bridge with my Angel Fred who
passed away 2 years ago alot of people don't
understand how it feels but he was very special.
Peggy,Angel Fred and Furbabies
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