Just when we all think all is well with the world, another big heartache lands at Maystar. This time it comes in the form of broken hearts. Two of them. Momma took late night phone call, not a week ago, telling her that J1 was in the cat hospital. His new family were very worried about him. But when Momma rang back in the morning to see how J1 was, Momma was told he had gone to Rainbow Bridge. It is unbelievable. One minute racing about playing with his friends and another moment - gone! The vet has found out that his heart gave out. It is totally unthinkable that this has happened. I won't go on because his family are grieving as we are. It is just such a shock.
Then, just to add to our distress, Late on Monday, Momma thought Rosie looked a little fatter than she did at tea time, and when Momma picked her up to weigh her, she felt her ticker racing through her chest. First thing in the morning, the Parentals took Rosie to see Simon because she was rapidly breathing by now and had a heart rate of over 300bpm. Simon was looking forward to meeting a tiny baby and smiled as Momma got her out. Then Momma gave him a basic run down of the problem. He fell back onto his stool and looked most upset as he held Rosie in his hands. He was as upset as the Parentals and said they had to try a diuretic to remove the fluid build up in her chest and help her ticker. It's all very stressful. Rosie is such a cute thing, so busy and happy. Why her? Why any of them? Allegedly, there are over 146 different strains of Heart disease in cats and geneticists are finding it very hard to distinguish one from the other or pinpoint the gene. This makes it very difficult in trying to stop it. Ironically, some heart disease shows in a queen aged maybe 6 or 7 and by then, she has already had kittens who are out there with their new owners. There is one thing that we do know and that is the gene is Dominant, therefore it can be passed by just one parent. This could explain so much as to where and how it could be passed. Either way, these two delightful cats, along with their families, have had their hearts broken by dicky tickers.
24th November UPDATE:
Rosie went to Rainbow Bridge yesterday. She began to get very cold even whilst being in a heated bed and then started rocking back and forth which culminated in her passing out. Her ickle ticker was doing 300+bpm and then down to nothing, no beats, then restarting again. Tough little soul this one. The Parentals had a long chat because it is not nice to see a baby be so distressed and upset and disorientated. She was also piddling everywhere and couldn't always get to the loo on time and even piddled in the kibble. This made me giggle really as the dishy was just the right size for a minicat to use as kitty litter. She will have a little funeral later today and be put with her Brothers Petroc, Cromwell & Walter. There has been much crying here and Faith is very upset, calling and squeaking for her Daughter. It's all a bit too much at times. Night night Sweet Rose Petal.
MAYSTAREX TUDOR ROSE - 7/10/15 - 23/11/15