Sad News on Bengal Diesel...
I have sad news indeed this morning. Bengal Diesel, who we saved a few weeks ago, thru the efforts of Great Lakes Bengal Rescue, a Vet in Michigan, the quick thinking of the owner and everyone here and on Twitter, has died.
His illness was simply too advanced, tho EVERYTHING possible was done by each person involved, from the Vet, to everyone who sent gas money...SO many of you helped, for one Bengal you had never met. We were able to give him the best, the only, chance possible, but, he died.
This is why the indiscriminate sale of cats and dogs in pet shops needs to be stopped, except in conjunction with the Humane Society. They are sick, they are not from reputable breeders. They are going to die.
I have a letter from the Vet, Dr Karen in Michigan that I debated printing, and decided, yes, it's sad but I am going to post it here.
If it inspires ONE person to help stop the sale of cats, dogs, Bengals in Pet Shops anywhere in this country, it has done what it needs to.
Thank you, all of you, for helping and caring. What matters is that for Diesel, we tired. He didn't die because no one cared enough to help.
We got together and made a difference.
We'll do it again. As long as it takes.
Diesel was doing good last nite. He was eating & drinking & actually sounded pretty good. This morning he ate & drank too. However, I received a call while on my way to the hospital, that he had fluid coming out of his nose & mouth when he moved from one side to the other. I re-started him on some Lasix to pull the fluid out. When I came in & saw him, I was very upset. He was struggling to breathe & he was in the oxygen cage. I suctioned some of the fluid out of his mouth & then a few minutes later, he stopped breathing.
We did CPR on him, but his heart stopped. I knew we weren't going to get him back with all the fluid he developed on his lungs.
So I let him go...
This is where Email is so impersonal....
I only received back some preliminary culture results. They showed he had at least 2 types of bacteria, although they hadn't been identified yet.I did not receive the FIP test back, but FIP is the only conclusion for why he developed such severe fluid in his lungs. He didn't sound bad yesterday, in fact, his lungs & the rest of his airway sounded good. He was not on a high dose of fluids,so the only conclusion I have is that it must have been FIP.
I know this sounds very medical, but I want to assure you that I did everything I could for Diesel. No cost was spared (probably $1500-2000 worth of veterinary care -I haven't added it up yet). I treated Diesel as I would any of my own critters. He was a very handsome & very special kitty, as everyone knows. I was so hopeful that even
with his problems, that he might find a good, loving home for whatever time he had left.
(Note from Lorraine: He had a home waiting, someone spoke up for him)
Diesel touched a lot of souls in his short life.
I wish there was more that I could have done for him.
I'm sorry to all of us for the loss of this special cat....
Love and Thanks,