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Monday, 02/10/2003 - 02:16 PM PDT
The topic: And then there were 23

Monday, February 10, 2003 We're down to twenty three cats now. Boney died at the vet's office this afternoon. When the vet called he said that Boney had at least 10x the amount of fluid in his chest that he had last Wednesday. Because of the amount, the doctor didn't want to use a needle and syringe to remove it, but to put a tube in. And to do this, Boney had to be masked down. Boney's heart was so weak, even though the medications he'd been on had helped it somewhat, that it couldn't take it. And it stopped.

The fluid also looked much different than it did last week. He said it had a pinkish tinge to it. He stands by his diagnosis of last week, but said that it looked like Boney now had chylothorax. That it was probably a blessing that Boney was gone because treatment would have been difficult for all of us. He said that it would have been painful for Boney because he'd have to have a tube in him to drain the fluid.

The saddest part is I was so sure I'd get Boney back, that I didn't say goodbye. Oh, sure, I loved on him a whole bunch before I took him in, but I didn't say goodbye at the vet's.

Now, Lucky is the oldest.

I went over to the vet's office to make arrangements for Boney's cremation and to pick up the carrier. On the way home I had a little talk with God. I told him 'okay, you've taken three from me now without giving me one in return. Is that going to happen soon?' Then I started crying.

And ob-la-de ob-la-da life goes on. La.

Annie still has her clumpy urine problem. It isn't all the time, only once every couple of weeks, but it's not a good thing. So, I'll be taking her in Friday for a recheck.

DeeJay puked all over the loveseat sometime last night. I should have known something had happened because he ended up sleeping with me on my pillow. He only does that when he doesn't feel good. He ate a ton of food last night, obviously way too much. *sigh*

Everybody else seems to be doing alright. Knock on wood.

We're supposed to be getting some rain this week. I surely hope we do. I'm in the mood for rain. I would like to see some external rain in my life. Yesterday, I worked on fixing the rain gauge connection. I thought it had been fixed last year when I redid the connector and Brian plugged it in, but it never did work properly. I had emailed Oregon Scientific about getting a replacement gauge, but never heard back. I figured I'd give it another shot. I moved everything out of the way and climbed a ladder to sit on the file cabinet where it would be much easier to do what I wanted to do. It took me a couple of hours to finally get it done the way it should have been done in the first place (and if I'd done it correctly to begin with, it would have taken less than fifteen minutes), but it finally started sending data to the weather station when I'd shoot water into the container on the roof. I made a huge mess of the office windows, which I cleaned this morning. I'm ready for some rain.

Replies: 16 comments

So sorry to hear about Boney :( We all said a little prayer (me and the kitties) that he would be o.k. and now...
On the bright side, you have room for 3 more ;)

Posted by Donna @ 02/10/2003 07:17 PM PDT

I'm so sorry to read about Boney. At this time I am crying for your loss. He has crossed the last bridge in his life & is now feeling like the kitten he always was in his heart. You are a good person to all your cats & many more to come.

Posted by Darlene @ 02/10/2003 10:32 PM PDT

Im so sorry to hear about Boney, my heart goes out to you. You know you gave him a great live and you did what you had to do to try and make him live the greatest painfree life. He knows you love him. Im sure of it!

Posted by Thea Haven @ 02/10/2003 10:45 PM PDT

So sorry you have lost your baby. He had a long life and a good family to live with. My sincere condolences. :(

Posted by Lynda @ 02/11/2003 01:20 AM PDT

Have just been through your cats bios again. Is Lucky now your only tortoiseshell. Once again, hang in there. Have you thought about trapping again for your outfronts. Not so traumatic if you cover the cage at once.

Posted by Lynda @ 02/11/2003 02:08 AM PDT

Sorry to hear about the loss of Boney. I said a lil' prayer for him and all of you! :(

Posted by Honest @ 02/11/2003 06:17 AM PDT

Am so sorry to hear that Boney has gone to the Bridge. I remember the first time I visited your site, he was the first kitty I read about. I was so impressed by the warmth that came from your description of those babies, and the site in general.

Posted by doris @ 02/11/2003 06:46 AM PDT

I'm very sorry to hear about this, LV.

Posted by Brooke @ 02/11/2003 07:35 AM PDT

Needless to say how sorry I am for your loss. No matter how many times it happens, it never gets any easier. Still, you are a very brave woman who has her whole life to spend and make memories with 23 other wonderful babies. ENJOY IT!

Posted by Mari @ 02/11/2003 08:18 AM PDT

I was so sorry to hear about Boney. Having loved (and lost) many cats over the years, I know just how you feel. Please know that my prayers are with you, and that thanks to you, Boney had a wonderful life - the life of Riley.

Posted by Jeanie @ 02/11/2003 09:07 AM PDT

I'm so sorry to hear about Boney. :( I stumbled upon your website one day while at work and I think it's amazing you can take good care of so many cats at one time. I thought my six were a challenge. I wish you the best right now!!

Posted by Kristin @ 02/11/2003 12:19 PM PDT

I'm so sorry. He knows you loved him very much and you did all you could for him.

Posted by Melanee @ 02/11/2003 02:48 PM PDT

I am so sorry.

Posted by Bobbie @ 02/11/2003 03:14 PM PDT

Kisses and hugs to you Boney.


Posted by Vicky @ 02/11/2003 10:13 PM PDT

oh my god, that is so so so sadd...
hope boney rests in peace!
btw, got ya site from greymatter

Posted by xes @ 02/12/2003 06:02 AM PDT

So sorry for your loss. Boney was a beutiful cat.

Having lost one of mine at Christmas, I always get extra teary eyed when reading about loss of other cats - it's a good thing I was reading this at home, and not at work.

Posted by Sigurros @ 02/12/2003 03:59 PM PDT

lisaviolet is fifty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

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