Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Update of The Day

"Fatty" is not fat.

He's dying.

He's also Kid's cat.

She still actively grieves over Canine.

So, yeah, this is not going to go over well.

At all.

17 comments:

HC said...

Poor Kid, she just can't catch a freaking break these days.

And poor Fatty. :(

Torey said...

Oh no!!!!!!! What is going on?

I'm so sorry to hear that. You guys really can't catch a break.

So sorry to hear this!

Alexandra said...

Is it a tumor or something? That's so awful...

Mrs Furious said...

Some freaky reaction to a virus it had before we adopted them. It's retaining fluid in it's body cavity and it will continue to until there is so much that it presses on the organs,etc. It will die in weeks or a couple of months. But before that it will lose it's comfort and mobility due to it's huge stomach. It has gotten bigger daily, and will continue at this rate. At some point we'll have to put it down. I'm waiting to do that and tell Kid about it until she is out of school next week. Too many loses in one week for that girl and she's not going to take it well. I think next week we'll talk about it and let her know what is happening. She never got to say goodbye to Canine because he died so suddenly, and I want her to be able to have some kind of closure with Dasher (Fatty). He shouldn't be too uncomfortable next week, so we can give him some kind of a good last week. I'm removing them from quarantine... ringworm be damned! We can go back to isolating Tiger once Dasher has been put down. But I kind of think they can have a week of running around while they are able.

Mrs Furious said...

This is what it has HERE.

Gigs said...

Oh no, that breaks my heart. Poor Kid and kitty. Always such a hard thing for kids, even when there's time to prepare. Hugs to all of you while you're going through this...

julie said...

Oh my God.
I can't believe it. That is horrible. Absolutely horrible...on so many levels.

I am just so sorry. Kid just does not need this right now (nor do any of you.)

Alexandra said...

When I was young, we rescued a cat, named him Trouble, and had him for about a month before he got into the car engine and was killed. It was so traumatic. I'm still not over it. I feel for you guys.

P/F said...

WTF?

Somewhere around here was a workbook for kids to deal with the loss of a pet. It involved making sculptures of our dog, writing a letter, writing down favorite memories, etc. I don't know if we kept it or I threw it away in a fit of OCD. We didn't do all of the exercises, but I feel like it really did help. I'll look through the boys' footlocker (where all of their old projects live) to see if I have it. Something tells me I pitched it.

Mrs Furious said...

I am so depressed now. I cannot even believe this is happening. It's a straight up death sentence and all we can do it try to make the best decision about when to call it quits. I think everyone understands that a big part of our decision to get 2 cats was so that Kid could have her *own* and feel a special bond, with a big dose of unconditional love in cuddly cat form, to try to make up for all the friends she had to leave behind in NC. She's been through a lot of hard transitions and she really needed this. She is going to be devastated. And really I'm not looking forward to watching a cat die either. No matter what, every single day he is going to get worse and feel worse. There is no way for that not to be wearing me down emotionally.

moley said...

Oh no!

I'm so sorry, what a horrible thing to happen.

Loralei said...

Mrs. F, I'm a funeral director who is currently working for a non-profit agency that does peer-support for grieving children ages 3-18. Granted, the kids I work with are grieving a death of a person, but grief is grief. Let me know if I can help you.

loraleimarrATtdsDOTnet

Deb said...

Oh, crap. That's so unfair.

I'm so, so sorry, Mrs. F.

Torey said...

I'm still thinking about all of you. So sorry this is happening.

Which vet do you go to? Could you ask the vet for a recommendation on how to talk to Kid about Fatty? What if once Homeschool starts you took a "field trip" to somewhere fun like your Mom's place after Fatty departs, to take her mind off of it.

So sorry. Please let me know if I can help.

G in Berlin said...

Gosh, I'm really sorry. This is the fault of the shelter you adopted from, because they should have tested before adoption. When I had a kitten that died from this (35 years ago) it still had no vaccine and was considered infectious, so I'm surprised that is isn't any longer. It's rough to face so many changes and losses so quickly, as child and as adult.

Mrs Furious said...

G,
The virus that causes it is infectious and they both surely had it. But the virus itself isn't fatal, and is very common. It's only 1 in 5000 that have a genetic mutation that turns the virus into IFP.
And yeah we're not adopting from them again.

Mrs Furious said...

Loralei,
Thank you. FYI I was thinking about you and your job just the other day.

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