Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Farewell, Jello

Jello
2005 - 2011










Jello was a "grandkittie" who my son adopted and then left with my husband and I when he joined the Army. She and her brother (Pudding) had been guests here when they were very small kittens but they were a good size when they came to live with us permanently, so we missed a lot of the tiny kitten playfulness.

Jello was always rather stand-offish with my husband. She never liked being held but deigned to let him scratch her occasionally. She was a bit friendlier with me, often sleeping near by at night. As shown above, one of her favorite spots was up on a small shelf above the mantle where the stairs turned for the last flight down. It was a great vantage point from which to disapprove of all the folderol going on downstairs.

Sunday night when we got home from Reno, Glenn noticed she was very lethargic and lying in the kitchen, which was very unusual for her. He took her to the vet on Monday and the xrays showed that she either had a very enlarged heart or a large tumor. I took her to the cardiac specialist vet on Tuesday and the diagnosis was grim - final stage congestive heart failure. The right tricuspid valve had failed, the right atrium and ventricle were hugely enlarged. She had tachycardia as well. She might have lasted a few more months on medications or might have gone in her sleep at any time. Regardless, she was short of breath and just wanted to sleep all the time, so we decided it was best to let her go.


7 comments:

Thumper said...

Awww....I am really sorry. Our last cat, Dusty, had the same basic problem and we juggled her medical stuff for 13 months, but when they have a hard time breathing, that's it. It hurts, but you did the right thing.

Dawno said...

Thanks, Thumper. With our upcoming move to LA we knew that all the packing and then the trip south would be an enormous stress on her, so we felt that this was for the best. It's never easy and particularly tough when the cat is only 6.

Hilary said...

So sorry, Dawno. She was a lovely looking kitty and awfully young. It aches to see them suffer - you surely did the right thing for her. Sending hugs.

Dawno said...

Thank you, Hilary. Hugs much appreciated!

AstonWest said...

*hugs* :-(

Frank Baron said...

Condolences, Dawno. She had a lovely face. I'm glad you and Glen were able to give her a good home.

Dawno said...

Thank you, Aston & Frank. She will be missed - I still occasionally find myself looking around for her before I remember she's gone.