Re: [Felvtalk] Piggee Piggee is gone

2008-10-14 Thread Sharyl
Caroline, I was saddened to read that Piggee Piggee has crossed the Rainbow 
Bridge.  He knew he was loved and that you were there for him.  That's all any 
of us can do.
Sharyl


--- On Mon, 10/13/08, Caroline Kaufmann [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

From: Caroline Kaufmann [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: [Felvtalk] Piggee Piggee is gone
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008, 5:29 PM

I'm cross-posting this from the epi-felines yahoo group.  Wanted you guys
to know I lost another foster...to the dreaded fip, yet again.  Thanks for your
support.  

It is with a very heavy heart that I report to you that my Piggee has left me. 
It is especially sad for me since Piggee and I have only been members since
Sept- when he had a weekend of cluster seizures due to a mistake in the pheno
dosing.  Last time I checked in with the group, Piggee's pheno level had
been tested and was too high and I was desperate to get it down b/c his lethargy
was so pronounced.  However, I took him to the vet Friday morning b/c his
lethargy was not getting better, he hadn't eaten, and hadn't had a bm in
2 days, and I noted the dreaded swollen belly of fluid in the stomach (there
was).  I was praying that I didn't have yet another FIP foster cat on my
hands...altho I realized that alone could now explain the seizures that began in
July.  I left him with the vet over the weekend b/c I had a bad feeling and I
have had 2 foster cats 'crash' on me over weekends in the past (and my
boyfriend was in the hospital all week and being released Friday and I needed to
get him home and settled, etc etc).  I did not feel bad about leaving Piggee
Piggee at the vets b/c he LOVED his vet and the whole time we were there, he
kept trying to get out of the room when he would hear his vet's distinctive
voice--trying to get to his vet!  He loved being at the clinic (I don't know
why?  But he did!).  He would just purr and purr and get all perky.  The vet
drew fluid on Friday and said we would need to await the full analysis but it
was bright yellow like urine-- which told me to prepare myself for FIP.  I had
already decided if it came back FIP, I would let him go b/c having 2 fosters die
of it in Jan and Feb last year, I didn't want him to suffer more- especially
since it made him epileptic.  Over the weekend, apparently, Piggee did
wonderfully (as I knew he would b/c he loves the vet and the clinic)-- he ate,
he peed, he had a bm, and he was overall totally perked up per the clinic staff
and just having a good time.  

But the vet called today and said he did great over the weekend, but he crashed
this a.m. out of nowhere.  He threw up in his crate and it was full of
'coffee grounds'- which was blood.  AND the full fluid analysis came
back and it was FIP.  So I told the doctor we will put him down.  I asked what
Piggee was doing and the doc said unfortunately, he crashed bad and he's
pretty much comatose, non-responsive, on oxygen and they had to trach him w/o
anesthesia so he was not happy.  That broke my heart and I told the doctor I
would be there as soon as possible to get there to say goodbye and let him go--
which is what I did.  

When I put my hand on Piggee, he barely opened his mouth and let out a low,
long, meow and the vet said 'that is the first time all day he's said
anything.'  As I pet him and stroked his nose (like I always did with him),
he continued to talk to me like that and the doctor just kept saying that
it's the most responsive he's been- that he hasn't even had much of
a pupil or eye reflex, but he's talking to me.  So he knew I was there for
him at that final moment..., as I have been there for Monkee, Possee and Brumley
in their final moments when they were called home.  

I will miss my Piggee Piggee so much.  I feel bad that I couldn't have done
more for him.  I know he never would have been given a chance if it hadn't
been for me.  I was his first foster that got him thru 2 URI's that I
thought he would never beat; and I was his final foster and home when the people
that adopted him returned him to me in August because of his seizures.  He was a
perfectly healthy boy, except for the seizures.  I wanted to get him on the
phenobarbital and treat him and try to give him a chance to beat the seizures--
which inevitably he did do.  

Thank you to everyone who did offer us advice and support in the brief time
that we needed you.  God bless all of you that care of epileptic cats everyday.
Piggee Piggee thanks you for caring for these most special cats.

Caroline Kaufmann and Piggee Piggee...in spirit.   

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Re: [Felvtalk] Piggee Piggee is gone

2008-10-14 Thread Rosenfeldt, Diane
Carolyn, I'm so sorry.  I'm glad Piggee was happy at the vet's.  That's
so rare!  Gentle Bridge vibes and rest to him.  He's telling everykitty
up there about his great mommy and his great vet.

Diane R.

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Kaufmann
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Subject: [Felvtalk] Piggee Piggee is gone


I'm cross-posting this from the epi-felines yahoo group.  Wanted you
guys to know I lost another foster...to the dreaded fip, yet again.
Thanks for your support.  

It is with a very heavy heart that I report to you that my Piggee has
left me.  It is especially sad for me since Piggee and I have only been
members since Sept- when he had a weekend of cluster seizures due to a
mistake in the pheno dosing.  Last time I checked in with the group,
Piggee's pheno level had been tested and was too high and I was
desperate to get it down b/c his lethargy was so pronounced.  However, I
took him to the vet Friday morning b/c his lethargy was not getting
better, he hadn't eaten, and hadn't had a bm in 2 days, and I noted the
dreaded swollen belly of fluid in the stomach (there was).  I was
praying that I didn't have yet another FIP foster cat on my
hands...altho I realized that alone could now explain the seizures that
began in July.  I left him with the vet over the weekend b/c I had a bad
feeling and I have had 2 foster cats 'crash' on me over weekends in the
past (and my boyfriend was in the hospital all week and being released
Friday and I needed to get him home and settled, etc etc).  I did not
feel bad about leaving Piggee Piggee at the vets b/c he LOVED his vet
and the whole time we were there, he kept trying to get out of the room
when he would hear his vet's distinctive voice--trying to get to his
vet!  He loved being at the clinic (I don't know why?  But he did!).  He
would just purr and purr and get all perky.  The vet drew fluid on
Friday and said we would need to await the full analysis but it was
bright yellow like urine-- which told me to prepare myself for FIP.  I
had already decided if it came back FIP, I would let him go b/c having 2
fosters die of it in Jan and Feb last year, I didn't want him to suffer
more- especially since it made him epileptic.  Over the weekend,
apparently, Piggee did wonderfully (as I knew he would b/c he loves the
vet and the clinic)-- he ate, he peed, he had a bm, and he was overall
totally perked up per the clinic staff and just having a good time.  

But the vet called today and said he did great over the weekend, but he
crashed this a.m. out of nowhere.  He threw up in his crate and it was
full of 'coffee grounds'- which was blood.  AND the full fluid analysis
came back and it was FIP.  So I told the doctor we will put him down.  I
asked what Piggee was doing and the doc said unfortunately, he crashed
bad and he's pretty much comatose, non-responsive, on oxygen and they
had to trach him w/o anesthesia so he was not happy.  That broke my
heart and I told the doctor I would be there as soon as possible to get
there to say goodbye and let him go-- which is what I did.  

When I put my hand on Piggee, he barely opened his mouth and let out a
low, long, meow and the vet said 'that is the first time all day he's
said anything.'  As I pet him and stroked his nose (like I always did
with him), he continued to talk to me like that and the doctor just kept
saying that it's the most responsive he's been- that he hasn't even had
much of a pupil or eye reflex, but he's talking to me.  So he knew I was
there for him at that final moment..., as I have been there for Monkee,
Possee and Brumley in their final moments when they were called home.  

I will miss my Piggee Piggee so much.  I feel bad that I couldn't have
done more for him.  I know he never would have been given a chance if it
hadn't been for me.  I was his first foster that got him thru 2 URI's
that I thought he would never beat; and I was his final foster and home
when the people that adopted him returned him to me in August because of
his seizures.  He was a perfectly healthy boy, except for the seizures.
I wanted to get him on the phenobarbital and treat him and try to give
him a chance to beat the seizures-- which inevitably he did do.  

Thank you to everyone who did offer us advice and support in the brief
time that we needed you.  God bless all of you that care of epileptic
cats everyday. Piggee Piggee thanks you for caring for these most
special cats.

Caroline Kaufmann and Piggee Piggee...in spirit.   

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Re: [Felvtalk] Piggee Piggee is gone

2008-10-13 Thread Sally Davis
Caroline

I am so very sorry. Youe Piggee  sounds like such a wonderful cat. He knows
he was loved by you and your vet. He is now happy and whole. Playing with
Monkee, Possee, and Brumley.

Hugs

Sally
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Re: [Felvtalk] Piggee Piggee is gone

2008-10-13 Thread dlgegg
sorry to hear about Piggee.  i recently lost my Snuggles to kidney failure.  he 
was 19, so i know how you must feel.  the most important thing we can do is 
love them and care for them.  dorlis
 Sally Davis [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: 
 Caroline
 
 I am so very sorry. Youe Piggee  sounds like such a wonderful cat. He knows
 he was loved by you and your vet. He is now happy and whole. Playing with
 Monkee, Possee, and Brumley.
 
 Hugs
 
 Sally
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Re: [Felvtalk] Piggee Piggee is gone

2008-10-13 Thread Marylyn
It is awful losing them.  You are doing good though and you have to  
know that in your heart.
On Oct 13, 2008, at 7:56 PM, Sally Davis wrote:

 Caroline

 I am so very sorry. Youe Piggee  sounds like such a wonderful cat.  
 He knows
 he was loved by you and your vet. He is now happy and whole. Playing  
 with
 Monkee, Possee, and Brumley.

 Hugs

 Sally
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