Friday, January 27, 2017

Rupert vs his body



I received an email yesterday asking me to call in about Rupert. I knew that there must be news and it was not good. I called in and was told that Rupert had seen the vet and they were able to get enough blood to do some bloodwork. How much I do not know, I was told that the report said that his organs were shutting down. I'm left to wonder if they are shutting down or if they ever worked properly.

They are going to try another medication with him, so he is currently staying with the foster coordinator. The outlook does not look good and barring a miracle he will remain in hospice care until such time as his quality of life is an issue.

I am heartbroken by the news. I knew that the chances of him becoming a big strong healthy mancat dimmed with each day I had him and his weight did not increase, but I had hope. I always have hope. So much so I bought him a food dish..


I mean how could I not.. I miss him like crazy. I love how much he wanted attention. He was the only kitten that would run out of the kitten room to greet me and then run back in when I stepped in the room.

I do not know how much time he has.. but I know that his remaining days will be filled with love, not only in person by the woman caring for him, but from me from afar, and I'm guessing from all of you.


46 comments:

  1. How sad :( he's such a cute, sweet little guy. I enjoy seeing his photos.

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  2. I'm sorry to hear that. It reminds me of Harrison last year, sadly.

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  3. Aw man, I'm SO sorry. And heartbroken. What a sweet little guy. I wish things turned out differently for him.

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  4. Oh that is sad,but sometimes kittens are just born that way with to many things not formed right from birth,so very sad.but you are right he will have a life that is full of love for how ever long he is with us.A bright Spark that is burning so bright to bring much joy for just a little while.Much love to you and to Rupert and to the lady who is now taking care of him,xxxxx Rachel and Speedy

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  5. So sorry to read this. We had hoped and purrayed he would grow strong. Sending purrs of comfort for Rupert and for you.
    XOXO

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  6. I'm so sorry for both of you. He's a very special little guy ... and I fell completely in love with him too. It's unfair.

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  7. This makes me cry for him, he is such a special soul- it's not fair. My feelings of injustice are especially raw right now from losing my 5 yr old Clove earlier this month from FIP. She was a bright, healthy cat who overnight stopped eating, was lethargic, and developed fluid in abdomen. When I received the diagnosis I was stunned and within 2 days she was gone. I am extremely grateful to Bast that she was able to go peacefully at home where a vet helped her to the Bridge and it is comforting to know Rupert will have known nothing but love in his lifetime and his end will be peaceful. It doesn't seem fair when any species goes young, it makes one cannot help but question why? Why bring a life in to the world to be loved if they're only going to be taken away soon? I don't know. I would like to think kittens like Rupert are here to teach us something. But what? That the world sucks? Life can be cruel? We already know that. Surely there must be something more justifiable why such a loving, kind, curious little boy that has brought such love to so many must be taken? If there is I don't see it.

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    1. Ms Phoebe - I am sorry about your Clove - I lost 3 fosters several years ago to FIP and it is beyond heartbreaking. If you are not familiar with the facebook group FIP Fighters, you may want to look into it. It is an excellent group (you must ask to join but that should be no problem) and, while it won't bring her back, it may help answer some of your questions, and you will be talking to other cat owners who have gone through - or are still battling - the same thing. Hugs.

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    2. So sorry for your loss, Ms. Phoebe. Hugs.

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    3. they are here to remind us of the fragility of life and how precious it is and how to not take a minute of it for granted

      If I missed Clove's passing, let me express my condolences now.. there were so many losses recently that I became overwhelmed. and if I did, let me do it again, because it is always appropriate.

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  8. I'm so sorry Connie. I think he's been making the most of every minute knowing he doesn't have many of them left. I've seen miracles with kittens who didn't thrive, but more often than not that's not their faith. Sometimes all you can do is love them like crazy until it's their time to move on. They probably appreciate that way more than all the exciting foods and force feedings. When you think of how complicated little kitten bodies are, and how many variables can go wrong while a mom cat isn't living the best life, it's a wonder any of them make it.

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  9. Reading about Rupert has brightened my day. Such a characterful little chap! I'm heartbroken that his prognosis isn't good! ❤❤❤

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  10. Anonymous4:20 AM

    I'm so very sorry to hear this. I am a proud crazy cat lady and we just had a similar occurrence in another virtual cat community in that the cutest, little nugget, was not internally formed correctly and failed to thrive. His intake was limited because his internal organs (stomach, bowels) would push up into his lung cavity and crowd his lungs & heart. But he did live long enough to be rescued, unite a worldwide community in positive prayer and thoughts, and heighten awareness of the plight of strays, ferals, and the need to spay and neuter & vet care. Rupert is beautiful and perfect in his creation for the purpose he was designed for and has touched so many and brought forth so much in the way of positive thoughts and prayers that the world, as a whole, can only be positively affected. I'm just so sorry that while we're protected somewhat by the virtual reality, you do not have that luxury. I am thankful he has known nothing but love and care and thank you for giving that and sharing him with us. My heart, even though breaking, has grown because of Rupert. Sending positive thoughts and prayers to you and for you and Rupert.

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  11. We too are heartbroken. We were, and are still, purraying so hard for his miracle. If strength of will was strong enough, he'd totally have this. But those days with you gave him love and compassion, and that's a tremendous gift.

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  12. Oh Connie, I'm so sorry. We are sending so much love his way, and yours. <3

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  13. He gave us the chance to love him and we embraced that chance. Thank you, dear Rupert.

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  14. So heartbreaking. Sending love, hugs, purrs and prayers to him and to you and hoping for a miracle.

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  15. So sorry for you and Rupert - and to Miss Phoebe for the loss of her beauty to FIP. Thanks for the comfort and love they brought - and received !

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  16. My heart is breaking into bits now. Such a little light in the world. If I could bottle up my love and send to him, he would purr.

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  17. I'm so sorry, Connie. His life may be short, but it will be filled with love. I'll still hope for that miracle.

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  18. I, too, am so very sorry. Rupert is and always will be special. I'm glad that at least his life, however brief, has been filled with love and attention and wonderful care. Hugs and Light to him and to you too. Purrs from my boys. ♥

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  19. oh man....that sucks. we are sending purrs to him and to you and paws crossed for something wonderful....but we know no matter what he is very loved.

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  20. I don't know why it is that some kitties take your heart away,especially ones far far away from you, but all I know is that they do. It saddens me greatly this morning to hear this about Rupert, even though it was always a deep fear because he was not doing as well as we all prayed he would. Man oh man this just takes the wind out of this day. Dear Rupert on whatever cosmic level it can be understood know you had so much love.

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  21. I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you, and my tears flow with yours. I will keep praying for a miracle. I won't say quit yet. Thank you for updating us. I know it is hard.

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  22. LG's mom10:10 AM

    Oh, no. I am so very sorry to hear that. Kept checking back here and hoping against hope the docs would be able to help little Rupert recover and thrive. Sending lots and lots of love and purrs to the rumpled little guy from afar, to add to what he is receiving via hospice. He has touched so many, the little darling.

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  23. Oh Rupert, we are sorry no one could help you. Sending warm thoughts and hoping he passes away quietly when it is time. . .sniff.

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  24. Oh no....my heart breaks for you and Rupert. Glad he has you, receiving the most love and care. I still hope for miracle, hoping he will become a big strong healthy mancat. xo

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  25. This is heartbreaking news. I'm so sorry. Rupert was one lucky kitty to get to live in your kitten room for a time. This makes me think of Milton, the little kitten I adopted over the summer who had all kinds of issues and didn't make it a full week after we brought him home. He wouldn't eat or put on any weight, and no matter what we tried, his body just shut down. He too was too little to do bloodwork, so we never knew what was really wrong, other than his little body just gave out. Milton will be over the Rainbow Bridge waiting for Rupert when the time comes. There they will be big, healthy, man-cats <3

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    1. I remember Milton.. my heart broke for you. It is so difficult when you don't even know why.

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  26. We're so very sorry to hear this!! Still hoping and purring for a miracle!

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  27. That is heart breaking to read about Rupert. Like you said maybe his organs never really worked right, he could of been born that way.

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  28. I'm so sorry to hear about Rubert. He was greatly loved and well taken care of during his short time here on earth. Will continue to pray and purr for you and that sweet cutie Rubert. You never know a miracle can happen with all this positive energy out there for him.

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  29. We're so sad to read about Rupert. He's such a cute special little guy. We send you all tons of purrs.

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  30. Rupert is the spitting image of the kitten that I found wandering on a four-lane (eight-lanes in both directions) road. A very kind friend who fosters took her in, and nursed her until she found her furrever home. Long, fluffy fur and white whiskers, just like Rupert. Am hoping he makes a 180 degree turn with his health. Poor baby.

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  31. I am so sorry. He is such a sweetheart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Rupert.

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  32. Oh no! Poor Rupert! We hope they can find something to help him. But at least he is being taken well cared of...and loved by so many. We send purrs.

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  33. Anonymous5:52 PM

    So sad right now...I had been waiting in anticipation for your update. I loved your posts about that sweet boy. He looked like a Gremlin, but I knew he was a sweetie deep down. Praying that he will fight through this. Love to little Rupert. <3
    Linda (in Texas)

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  34. Oh my, such sad news. We are still purring for him that a miracle will happen. One never knows. Hugs to you, Connie.

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  35. I am praying for a miracle for this sweet boy.

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  36. I'm definitely hoping for a miracle for little Rupert, though I fear for the worst. He has made quite the impression on all of us.

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  37. We're praying for a miracle for Rupert. We have fallen in love with him too and hope he pulls through. Sending lots of purrs.

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  38. Oh my heart just breaks hearing this! Rupert is such a sweet baby, so full of affection ....

    Sending you soft paw-pats, Aunt Connie. ~ Faraday, Maxie & Allie

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  39. This is really sad news. We hope for a miracle.

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  40. Oh no, this is so sad to hear. But I'm still hoping for the best for him. And definitely sending him love and purrs.

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