Today baby Harry passed away. I've really been struggling with the losses of almost all of our kittens. I don't understand how we can have healthy adult cats and yet lose all of our babies to very similar symptoms. They'll be fine and then one day they'll just be lethargic, stop eating, and waste away. Sometimes they'll have some breathing issues in the end, but they always start lethargic, then get dehydrated and everything happens fairly quickly. I was doing some research and I'm wondering if we have a case on panleukopenia. It's something most vaccines take care of, but what if one of the adult cats is a carrier? I'd never know, since they all appear to be healthy. This could also be why antibiotics don't seem to make Sage's sniffles go away. I will have to discuss this with the veterinarian the next time I'm at the vet clinic. But for now, we're taking comfort that the great three (Harry, Hermione, and Ron) are reunited, even if not in the way or the timeline we'd hoped for. We still have a couple more permanent plants that need to be planted outside, and I have promised the grieving children that the three will be buried together. We just have to decide if they'll be under an apple tree or a blueberry bush, or perhaps grapes...
In a somewhat related issue (I suck at segways - sp?)... I finally got around to making a page for the fundraiser I'm going to be running. I'll be selling hand crocheted dish cloths and hair ties to try to offset the cost of spaying our two barn cats. I anticipate that bill to be around or over $300. If anyone wants to buy something to help us get some of our kitties fixed, I'd appreciate it. You can check out the new Yarn Art page by clicking the link. I am continuing to make more in new and different colors.
Matt continues to diligently sit on her nest of eggs. I'm not sure what the survivability is for ducklings born in the Minnesota fall, but I'm preparing for more heartbreak. Especially considering we couldn't even keep the spring ducklings alive. I am determined to give Matt and her eggs the benefit of the doubt though. Maybe she'll prove us wrong and be a super mom this go round and have some survivors.
No photo in the blog today. I spent most of my day holding Harry, comforting him, and making sure he was warm and well loved. I wouldn't let him die alone. The kids all got a turn to hold him and talk to him, say their goodbyes after school before he finally passed away, surprisingly peacefully, in my arms this evening. It's so strange to think that two days ago he was pouncing on tails, putting his tiny paws on our faces, and giving us kisses. Tonight our home is a little less full, and our hearts are heavy. Safe journey little friend. I'm so sorry I couldn't save you.