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Vlad the impaler

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It's with deep sadness for her that i tell you our Wickedcats aka Nuria's beautiful boy Vlad passed away yesterday.  As i'm sure you know she is totally devastated...I don't know exactly what was wrong but do know his brother Max was taken in to donate blood to him.  Please keep her in your thoughts.

 

RIP big boy. rainbow_

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Oh my, that is such sad news   k_sad   .....please pass on my condolences to WC.   candle_

 

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Hi everyone.  So sorry I had disappeared.  As Aslan posted above, I lost my beautiful boy in November. To say I was and am devastated would be putting it lightly.  It started really back in December of 2014. I had taken him to the vet for his wellness and his platelet count came back very low. It was shortly after that I was fired from my job.  For a month I was taking him in weekly to have his blood tested, and giving him antibiotics for what we though was Thrombocytopenia.  Platelet's are what helps the blood clot, and with this condition he could have bled to death internally.  After his count came back at less than 10k, I took him to a specialist, and they found he had Mycoplasma, which was causing this.  So, I spent all of my tax refund, which I thankfully had being out of work, and treated him for a little over 2 months with several antibiotics.  He'd never looked sick, so he was always healthy looking.  His platelet count went up and he was doing well.  Fast forward to mid November of last year, 2015, Found a job eaerlier in the year, but was now in need of moving ASAP.  The week before my move, I was in the living room, and saw Vlad collapse.  I took him to the vet and after some tests, she told me that he had a "raging" uti, which he'd never had any symptoms of.  He'd stopped eating the night before, so I already had a vet appointment for him.  His creatnine  levels had also shot up.  He could barely walk.  

 

This happened on a Sunday, he'd not eaten anything until eating a few treats from me on that following Tuesday.  I moved on Wednesday, and that evening on my way home, I picked him up.  He was on antibiotics, and we thought that he might be stressed and not eating because of that, so I took him home.  He spent that night in the new place, I gave him some fluids and let him sleep.  I went to work Thursday, he looked good, he was walking around exploring.  I came home in the evening, fed everyone, but still, he would not eat.  I found him several times either in the bathroom in the shower, or laying in the litter box.   I left him alone and decided I'd take him back to the vet in the morning.  At around 4:00am, I heard something crash and woke up and found him having a seizure.  

 

I rushed him to the vet, and they told me his platelet count had gone down again.  I went back home and brought Maks, and they were able to use his blood to give Vlad a transfusion.  The vet on call, said that he needed to eat, so I okayed them putting in a tube.  I didn't want to do it, but he needed food.  They put the tube in on Saturday morning, he was doing well, but in the afternoon he needed another transfusion, so I took Oksana and Kiska.  I wanted to give him every possible chance.  I saw him, and he was in an oxygen box.  I told him he needed to get better, kissed the glass and went home.  

 

At around 11:00pm, the vet called me and begged me to let him go.  She said that his blood cells were attacking each other, and that his breathin was labored.  I had no time to drive to him.  They put him in the arms of a caring tech, and put the phone to his ears, and I told him how much I loved him.  My voice and words were the last thing he heard before leaving this world.  I cannot begin to tell you how I felt, and still feel but I'm sure many of you sadly know this feeling. 

 

My beautiful boy, who I loved more than life itself, could not fight anymore. I still can't believe he's gone.  I imagined being an old lady and having him by my side.  But I know he's still with me.  I have his ashes, as I do Tati's.  When I am in a more permanent and larger place, I will get each of them a beautiful urn.  

 

Maks is the man of the house now, and still missing his brother.  He's running Vlad's facebook page and making his big brother proud. 

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That must have been a terrible time for you WC. No death is ever easy but when they are our heart and soul, the loss is felt more deeply, their absence like a wound that never heals. I'm so sorry WC ~ Vlad was a very special boy ~ may the love he felt for you bring strength to you in your grief.

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MMMM, he definitely left a huge hole in my heart.  We had such a connection.  We were supposed to grow old together.  When Tati died, I had been somewhat ready.  I always knew because of her disease, she would not live long, and she lived longer than most.  But Vlad, I just never imagined I'd lose him so soon in life.  

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