Sue, I'm so sorry you lost your dear Buzz. I can only imagine how hard this is for you.
Lynne ----- Original Message ----- From: "Sue & Frank Koren" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" <[EMAIL PROTECTED] > Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008 4:20 PM Subject: [Felvtalk] Buzz is gone > Today I had to have my sweet little kitty Buzz PTS. I feel like a very > large piece of me is missing. > > The first time I saw Buzz I fell in love with him. He was terrified, > cowering between two up-ended mattresses in an unused bedroom at my > brothers' house. He had been abused by neighborhood boys in an urban area > where my brother used to live. When my sister in law, Lee, rescued him he > was very sick, full of parasites, starving and near death. She and my > brother nursed him back to physical health but he was still terrified of > people. They named him Buzz Saw because of the way his claws flew whenever > anyon > e got near him. That day Lee caught him in a blanket and handed him to > me. I sat with him and gently pet him and talked to him. Within about 20 > minutes he was purring. Before we left that day he reached up to me and > touched noses. > > After about a week I talked my husband into keeping him. When I brought > him home I put him into our study so he had a smaller space to get used > to, and to keep him separate from the other cats. When I took him to the > vet a few days later his feline leukemia test came back positive. Buzz > was going to live in the study for quite a while so I filled it with cat > toys and a cat tree and pretty much spoiled him as much as much as I > could. Every evening I would spend hours with him. I was working on a > computer > project and he kept me company with that. That is how it was from January > of '07 to April. At that point it was clear that keeping him separate was > not working. We vaccinated the other cats for feline leukemia and > released Buzzy into the rest of the house. He loved his new freedom and > became every ones quiet little shadow. He loved to watch what was going > on. His favorite place was a window bench that looks out on the bird > feeder. At night he either slept on a ledge right behind my head or > cuddled up n > ext to me, purring. When July came I noticed that he seemed to have no > energy and was not eating. When we took him to the vet the diagnosis was > anemia. With heavy doses of prednesolone his health and red blood count > began to come back. I was so happy watching my sweet boy gaining back his > energy and appetite. While he was recuperating I would take him out to > sit on the deck on my lap. He loved sniffing the outdoor smells and > feeling the warm sunshine on his fur. He would sit and purr out there for > as > long as I could sit and hold him. In the evenings Buzzy loved to chase > DaBird and the laser pointer. His blood was being tested every couple of > weeks and soon it was in the normal range. We began to back off on the > prednesolone. For several weeks everything was going well until the week > that his blood count started going the wrong direction. I prayed that it > was just the one time but unfortunately not. That horrible disease was in > his bone marrow and the medication was no longer helping. For the las > t several weeks I watched as he became more and more lethargic. We > offered him every special treat we could think of to keep him eating and > he would nibble on those tidbits almost to the end. He would sit all day > on his window seat and for the last week we carried him to the litter box. > He always watched every move I made as I moved around the kitchen. Today > when he just put his head down in exhaustion instead of watching, I knew > it was time to say goodbye to my darling boy. When I took him to the vet I > told him how much I have loved him and asked him to meet me at the bridge. > Then he went to sleep in my arms. I will miss him so very much, but now > he is in a place where there is no feline leukemia. > > Sue > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > __________ NOD32 3631 (20081121) Information __________ > > This message was checked by NOD32 antivirus system. > http://www.eset.com > > _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org