A candle will burn in Richmond, VA for Tiger.  Tiger didn't blame you, you
cant blame yourself.  They are so good at hiding their sickness.  It is hard
to notice when they don't have physical symptoms.  He knows he was loved!

On Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 3:57 PM, LauraM <hingebacktorto...@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Tiger didn't have FeLV, but he passed away last night, much too soon. He
> was thirteen. I'd had him for three years.  He was always a gentleman & a
> loving, sweet boy. Three weeks ago we went to the vet. Something was wrong;
> he was sluggish and not eating well. It turns out he had a large abcess in
> his throat. The abcess was lanced, a whole lot of dead tissue was removed,
> we were sent home with antibiotics and everyone thought things would be
> fine. They weren't - there was a second vet visit last Monday, the abcess
> was drained again & he was given more fluids. Tiger was hospitalized this
> Monday. The abcess wouldn't clear up, and even though he was given a
> stronger antibiotic he just couldn't fight the infection. I visited him
> yesterday and he ate for me and purred and purred. I didn't want to get my
> hopes up too high, but I still wasn't expecting my vet to call this morning
> & give me the news that he'd died. I thought maybe we had a little bit of a
>  chance. It turns out that Tiger had a hole in his esophagus; he must have
> ingested something that cut him. I would give anything to have him back with
> me.
> I wish I had taken him in sooner. He'd been quiet this summer, and not
> sleeping with me at night like he normally did, but everybody was quiet this
> summer because the house was so warm. Nobody else was snuggling with me on
> the bed either. I didn't pick up on the little signs that he wasn't feeling
> well. If I had, he might still be alive today.
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