Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Changes ........

There have been more changes here in the josiekitten household, for the worse. We started off the summer holiday with 2 members, then went up to 4, and sadly now we are 3. Poor little Elsie had to be put to sleep today. We noticed at the weekend that she had been dribbling some blood, so made an appointment at the vets to get her checked out. It took both Mr JK and I to get her into her basket and she was completely stressed out. The vets did a blood test for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, and needed to sedate her in order to get the blood sample. That proved negative, which is good news for Florence, as it means it won't have been transmitted to her. However, when they looked inside her mouth it was in a terrible state, with lesions, gum inflammation, pus and blood clots. The vets agreed that there must be some other underlying condition to have caused this to develop so suddenly, and given that Elsie was so stressed out by any sort of handling, they advised us to have her put to sleep rather than to face a lifetime of treatment and trips to the vet. It's no wonder that she was so anti-social, she must have been feeling really rotten with her poor mouth. She was a sweetie though, and we did manage to have some lovely cuddles together. Sleep well Elsie. xxx

playful Elsie 001

9 comments:

busybusybeejay said...

I am so sorry.We lost our dear Oscar after 17 years and it was awful.It is three years ago now and I still miss him.We have been tempted to get another but havn't taken the plunge yet.When you got yours it set me off looking again.

Vanessa said...

Poor kitty! I'm so sorry to read this. My mom had to put down her dog three years ago and it still hurts her today. I'll be sure to give my cat an extra snuggle when he gets here this weekend.

Lyn said...

oh dear, poor Elsie. At least she had a lovely life with you. The lose of a pet is always so hard thinking of you all.
xxx

Jo said...

I'm so sorry, she was a lovely looking cat. She must have been in such pain, bless her, so you did the kindest thing. Give Florence lots of extra cuddles, I'm sure she'll miss her.

Ozzy Blackbeard said...

I'm so sorry to read this. Poor Elsie. She was so gorgeous, I loved her wee face. At least her last few weeks where spent in a lovely home. Lynne x

snoopydog said...

She had love and home comforts at last. You did the best you could for her. She'll be at peace. Hope Florence is okay. XXRos

Helsie said...

What a shame, poor little thing. Probably sick all the time .. or getting there. Will you get another?
Cheers
Helen

Madmum said...

So sorry to hear the news - sounds as though you did the right thing though. xx

knitting sandwich said...

so sorry to hear the news. sending you a hug from across the pond.
-melissa