Ken, I am so very sorry for your loss. Zorro was lucky to have found you to 
love him for your year or so. I’m sure he came into your life for a very good 

I am fortunate to still have my Bear for now two years, despite her starting 
off with many ailments plus FeLV having the vet immediately suggest euthanize 
as the only option. I was pleasantly surprised to see her put on a little more 
weight and reach 7 pounds this week. 

I am grateful for all the lovely souls who see other options, despite financial 
and great emotional toll in loving these wonderful fur babies. 


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> On Oct 17, 2017, at 12:29 AM, Amani Oakley <> wrote:
> Ken,
> I am very sad to hear about your loss of Zorro. FeLV is a terrible disease 
> that robs us of our beautiful furbabies, far far too soon. I am thrilled, 
> though, that there are people like you out there who care and take the 
> necessary steps to make little lives worth living, and lets these little 
> babies know what love is, on their time on earth.
> Amani
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> Subject: [Felvtalk] He went on his own time. . .
> Good Evening to all who just responded to Robert's "Anyone still there" 
> email. This is my first post and I stumbled upon this site in my frantic 
> effort to get info on FelV. Our tuxedo, Zorro, was with us barely a year when 
> FelV took him in less than two weeks. I first saw him among the weeds and 
> shrubs of my lower garden as he darted about, perhaps pursuing a field mouse. 
> Over the next few weeks  I steadily coaxed him closer to the house with food, 
> water and my appearances. Eventually he was on the back porch daily meowing 
> for breakfast and our Teddy Bear dog, Oliver, watched Zorro eat from the 
> other side of the screen door. By late September Zorro was eating in the 
> house, finding the litter box and purring so loudly he could be heard from 
> ten feet away. 
> Zorro was neutered, vaccinated and checked over and quickly became the 
> kindest, most lovable cat I've ever had and at 70 I've had a few! We all 
> spent a wonderful year plus together and Oliver became so accepting of Zorro 
> that he allowed himself to be groomed my him. All this came crashing down six 
> weeks ago. Zorro slept more, did not jump into bed with me and though he ate, 
> he ate in little spurts. We took him in, tried some antibiotics first since 
> he had a fever but nothing changed. Then the blood tests; then the 
> devastating news: FeLV. The Vet suggested we consider putting Zorro down 
> since it was incurable. I said Zorro will decide that action. For the next 
> ten days we bought time with Zorro using a coticosteroid via pills. But the 
> inevitable came suddenly three Monday evenings back. Zorro was slowly walking 
> and then just laid down. His breathing became labored and I lay down next to 
> him whispering in his ears and stroking his side. I told him to go, he'd done 
> it on his terms and w
>   ithing five minutes he was still. 
> We've buried him with his bed and special blanket to cover him and keep the 
> soil off. He's now beneath a tree near where I first saw him.
> Ken Resch
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