I'm so sorry for your loss, Sue. But I'm so glad he found you and
discovered what it was to be loved--truly loved--and cared for. Buzz
couldn't have wished for a better home. He sounds such a happy cat, and
I hope all the good memories eventually bring you comfort.
Big hugs,
Kerry M.

> Today I had to have my sweet little kitty Buzz PTS.  I feel like a
> 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
> 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
> people. They named him Buzz Saw because of the way his claws flew
> anyon
> e got near him.  That day Lee caught him in a blanket and handed him
> 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
> touched noses.
> After about a week I talked my husband into keeping him.  When I
> him home I put him into our study so he had a smaller space to get
> to, and to keep him separate from the other cats. When I took him to
> vet a few days later his feline leukemia test came back positive.
> was going to live in the study for quite a while so I filled it with
> 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
> of '07 to April.  At that point it was clear that keeping him separate
> not working.  We vaccinated the other cats for feline leukemia and 
> released Buzzy into the rest of the house.  He loved his new freedom
> became every ones quiet little shadow. He loved to watch what was
> 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
> energy and was not eating.  When we took him to the vet the diagnosis
> anemia.  With heavy doses of prednesolone his health and red blood
> began to come back.  I was so happy watching my sweet boy gaining back
> energy and appetite.  While he was recuperating I would take him out
> 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
> as
> long as I could sit and hold him.  In the evenings Buzzy loved to
> DaBird and the laser pointer.  His blood was being tested every couple
> weeks and soon it was in the normal range.  We began to back off on
> prednesolone.  For several weeks everything was going well until the
> that his blood count started going the wrong direction.  I prayed that
> 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
> he would nibble on those tidbits almost to the end.  He would sit all
> on his window seat and for the last week we carried him to the litter
> He always watched every move I made as I moved around the kitchen.
> when he just put his head down in exhaustion instead of watching, I
> 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
> Then he went to sleep in my arms.  I will miss him so very much, but
> he is in a place where there is no feline leukemia.
> Sue
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