Re: [FH] New Member Theo - Serious Heart Failure
- Michelle, I'm so sorry about Theo. It sounds like an absolutely awful week,
and like he had what's called a saddle thrombosis, a clot blocking some of
the bloodflow to his leg. There's nothing you could have done to prevent it,
especially with everything being so sudden - even kitties on blood thinners
have no guarantees. I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a very loved
kitty who had a wonderful, long life.
(Email meant for the group below.)
On Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 10:46 PM, Michelle Russell
> Thank you for all who resonded to my post and attempted to help.[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> This came on us so suddenly, that there was no time to study or prepare or
> know the options.
> Theo came home from the vet that Wednesday in terrible shake... not
> breathing well and uncomfortable. Then by Thursday, mid=day, although
> exhausted, he was better. Then that night he couldn't keep food down and
> after vomiting again, was in severe distress, having trouble walking,
> obviously afraid. I think his stomach hurt, but his chest as well. He slept
> with the fan blowing on him... maybe it helped him breath.
> I lay on the floor with him all night, but knew we would have to go to the
> vet in the am and he results would likely not be good. All the money I had
> saved for my mortgage was already gone. We went and his body temp was 97,
> his lungs clear, she said, but no pulse in one leg and he was not well...
> serious. I let him go as I didn't want him to suffer and spoke to him about
> it... he was suffering, but he wouldn't go over night, thoughI knew he could
> have... at one point had spasms.
> There is so much to know about the care of our little friends... well, I
> called him my cat-son. Here is an obit, a bit long, but in case anyone
> wants to read about Theo.
> I wish you all well with your loved ones and I am very grateful for these
> wonderful Yahoo sites and the kind help from others.
> *Theo Russell*
> (1992 � 2009)
> It is with deep sorry we announce that on Friday, August 21st, 2009, we
> lost the most prized member of our household, Theodore cat, 17.
> Theo, also affectionately known as Tio Mio, Theo-vania, Mr. �T�, and The
> Thee, was born in Washington, DC, May 1st, 1992. His first mother,
> Crystal, rescued him and his 1 brother and 6 sisters at the age of two days.
> Born in one of the worst neighborhoods in DC, Theo�s mother was a victim of
> Theo and his siblings were taken to a home on Capitol Hill where they were
> raised on the bottle by Mommy Crystal and Mommy Michelle. Theo was the
> eldest and largest of the kittens and named by Crystal, who intended to take
> him with her, however, when she saw that he and Blossom, a white cat, had
> fallen in love, she left him with Michelle (not to mention Michelle had
> fallen in love!)
> For many years, Theo was a member of the Russell cat trio, Sabrina, Blossom
> and Theo. They moved to New York, New Jersey and traveled to California,
> Chicago and Tennessee (among other places) by air, truck and car. Theo and
> Blossom lived a love-filled life until her death in 2003 from a heart
> attack. After this, Theo welcomed into his White Haven home, young Pennsy,
> who looked something like a son of Blossom and Theo. In later years, he also
> welcomed, Tennie, a lost cat, treating her lovingly as his adopted daughter.
> Theo loved his life in White Haven. Prior to this time he had never been an
> outdoors cat, but he took to life in the woods, exploring the beauties and
> excitements of nature. In recent years, he also enjoyed riding in the car,
> seating himself on the compartment between the front seats for slow rides in
> the Pocono Mountain Lake Development. He was head of the household in White
> Haven, having his own special seat next to his mother Michelle for all her
> writing, and bossing the household of cats.
> In recent years, Theo became something of a mini-celebrity via his
> grandmother-in-law�s book, �Sabrina � The Autobiography of A Cat.�
> It is impossible to express how much love, care and goodness he filled the
> home with. He was loved and admired by all who met him. Diagnosed with
> hyper-thyroid disease in 2008, Theo lost some of his strength and
> ultimately, his life, to this disease. No words can truly express the deep
> sorrow and empty space he leaves behind.