I am so sorry to hear that!!  I know the day is coming for us and our kitten 
Gray Kitty.  I can imagine your heart ache and wish NO pet or pet owner should 
have to go through that.  My sympathies to you!> From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 16:20:28 -0500> 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 
anyone 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 
next 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 last 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 
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