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Pet Parent: Sherin And Scott

Rainbow Bridge Arrival Date: October 20th, 2008



Widget's Moment: My husband and I decided on the name Widget because we didn't think he looked like a Tiny Tim and that was the name that had been given to him. He was the runt of the litter. We liked the name Gizmo, but my husband had a memory of one of his mom's exs that he didn't care for, and he had a dog named Gizmo. So, Gizmo was out. Then we thought Tiny...Gizmo...WIDGET! The perfect name, it suited him and he looked like a Widget.  One of my favorite Widget memories was playing hide the toes from Widget. He would love to try to attack my toes when I was sleeping, so I had to be sure to keep them completely covered and not make any sudden movements. He was quick and always prepared! Oh how I miss that silly kitty!

FIP Story: My husband and I decided to adopt a kitten or two, well somehow, two became three.  August 2nd was the arrival of three wonderful  kittens.   One of those kittens was an adorable Bengal kitten, that we affectionately named Widget. Widget was the runt of his litter and came from a rescue. He came from a litter of six, none of the other six have been reported with any symptoms as of yet.  The first night we had Widget, we noticed he was sneezing, and he sneezed so much, his nose started to bleed.  It was very upsetting, so I called the rescue.  They told us that most likely he had a cat cold from the move.  Well that made sense to me, so I didn't think much of it.  After a few days, two of the kittens were sneezing.  So, I took them all in for a check-up at the vet.  Some antibiotics and Lysine were prescribed for possible feline herpesvirus.  After about a week, it appeared everyone was all better.  So, the vet gave the okay for the kittens to be mixed in with the healthy adults.  After the integration, all three adult cats and all three kittens were all sick.  6 sick cats!  I was at my wits end.  Two of the adults got very sick, with one having breathing issues and ended up needing an IV to replace her fluids.  I got all the cats better again after several trips to the vet.  Then another week passed, and I saw Widget looked thinner than the other two kittens when before he was bigger than them.  I got worried.  So I kept him separated during eating time to make sure he was eating properly, I thought maybe someone was being a food hog.  That was not the case.  He just had no desire to eat whatsoever.  I tried everything to no avail.  So finally I decided to try some baby food.  He ate that, but not very well either.  Then I noticed that one of his eyes looked red while the other one was green like normal.  Well, that freaked me out.  I took him to the vet once more, and they did some blood tests.   Apparently he had a high fever (105.6) and anterior uveitis to top his weight loss and lack of appetite.  The blood tests did not look so good and were indicative of Dry FIP, and his condition continued to deteriorate despite antibiotics and nutritional supplements.  He needed assisted feeding else he would not eat at all.  Within the next couple of weeks, he lost more weight, became lethargic, no longer played, had bloody diarrhea, and began to wet our bed.  He also had gum ulceration and soreness.  He would sit beneath my desk and just stare at the wall for hours.  I took him for a second opinion with another vet, but unfortunately, Widget had become jaundiced as well since his liver had started to fail.  My poor baby passed away on October 20th, 2008.  It was a very hard day for the whole family, and it still is hard.  Some days are better than others, but overall, we miss our Widget.



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