Ken I am so glad that Zorro had your has his parent. They do fight so hard
to stay with their family (us) :).

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*Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me. — **St. Patrick*


On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 11:23 PM, <kresch...@mchsi.com> wrote:

> 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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