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25 October 2007 - Thursday

Cats: Benny was awfully inert this morning, but didn't seem to be in distress, so I went in to work for my designated frontline shift until 13:00, and then went home to meet up with Marith and take Benny to the vet.

We didn't have an appointment, but the vet-tech was able to look at Benny fairly quickly, and went "OMG THIS CAT IS SO SICK!" In a professional manner, of course, but there was summoning of vets and rushing to the treatment room and IVs and hot-water bottles (because Benny's core temp was about ten °F low) and general alarm. They whisked Benny into the ICU to be hydrated and warmed while waiting for test results to come back and shooed Marith and I away.

A couple of hours later I got a call from the vet (Dr Nakamura, I think) saying that Benny was a little warmer inside, although still quite sick, and his problem seemed to be that he had a lot of broken-down red blood cells, which could be either an easily-treated parasitic infection, or some sort of autoimmune disorder. He had already started treatment for the parasites, and the easiest way to find out which it was would be to wait and see if Benny got better right away.

A couple of hours after that, I got a call saying that Benny had gone into arrest and they hadn't been able to rescusitate him.

Of course they were too nice to say it, but if I had been competent enough to take Benny in when he was first going off his feed instead of waiting until he was nearly dead, he'd probably be fine now. Not that there was a lot of doubt about my being the worst cat-dad ever.

BENNY

2006 -- 25th October 2007

With Us Too Short A Time

Writing: FAILURE, as with everything else.

cats by cat (Fri Oct 26 10:25:31 2007)

*many hugs* NOOOO, so not a bad cat-dad. Really. I should tell you about the time i thought i killed Cinders through failure-to-take-to-the-vet-on-time. I got really lucky and she was okay ("just" diabetes and a urinary tract infection), but, yeah, intense guilt. hugs We just do the best we can, which isn't perfect, but way better than most humans are capable of.

Not by marith (Fri Oct 26 10:29:58 2007)

Not, not, not. I know you don't believe it, but it's true. Bad things happen. There are no perfect parents, no matter how much they love and want to protect. Only people who make mistakes and get lucky, or don't, and keep trying.

hughughughug*

Cats and Vets by Ken (Fri Oct 26 15:29:24 2007)

You brought in Benny more quickly than Cera and I brought in Jinian when she was sick a year or two ago. You don't need to feel bad about it, unless it'll help you feel better down the line. I guess I'm trying to say that some guilt is normal, and some paranoia in the future will be normal, but you're not a bad person or a bad cat-owner.

Benny by Jeremy (Sat Oct 27 08:26:14 2007)

I'm so very sorry about Benny. We still miss Jake and Elwood, too. Condolences on the loss of your friend.

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