It is with deep sorrow that we regret to inform our wonderful followers of the passing of our beloved baby Bagheera on April 4th, 2017.
We know that with every FeLV+ cat we take in, we may not get to have them very long, because their health can take a wrong turn at any time, but we do our best to keep them healthy for as long as possible and give them the best life in the meantime. Sometimes, you can get lucky with an FeLV+ cat and they can live a long, full life, but it's best to be prepared for the worst and cherish every moment you have for as long as you have.
That being said, here is the whole story, for those who would like to read it. If not, there are some more pictures at the bottom of this post that you can look through in remembrance.
One day, Bagheera seemed to be having trouble breathing, so I took her in for a check-up and was told by the vet that she had fluid in her chest that would need to be removed (tapped). Based on a chest X-ray, the vet arrived at a diagnosis, but wanted to send the fluids to a pathologist to confirm. The next day, Bagheera was having trouble breathing again, so I took her back and they tapped her chest again, removing just about the same amount of fluid as the first time. At this point, the prognosis didn’t seem too good, since the fluid had come back so quickly, so the vet gave us some steroids (for inflammation) and a diuretic (to hopefully reduce the amount of fluid). This was merely a band-aid until we could get the results back from the pathologist.
A couple of days later, Bagheera was struggling to breathe again, and we knew at that point, even without the results back yet, there were no other options. Steven and I both took the day off from work and went with her to the vet.
We think she was ready at the end, as we had our final moments with her. She lay quietly in my lap as we ushered her over the rainbow bridge. We are deeply saddened by this loss, as Bagheera was a very loved, very perfect fit for our family, but we also know that she is now frolicking happy, healthy, whole, and with no trouble breathing alongside her sister, Sock.
A couple of days passed as we continued to grieve, and the vet called to offer her condolences and present the results of the tests on the fluids removed from Baggy’s chest. It did, in fact, confirm lymphoma, and the vet reassured us that we did the right thing in letting her go instead of continually tapping her chest and prolonging the suffering.
With all this being said, we kindly ask that you be patient and understanding during this time of grieving for our little family. Savannah was very sad when we didn’t come back from the vet with a yowling Bagheera in tow. We will be a little less present on social media during this time, but rest assured, we are still here for Mews & Brews, and we’re not going anywhere any time soon.
Rest in peace, Bagheera.
Mommy and Daddy