RIP Joshua. He was my buddy - he was the shyest of the barn cats, but he became my friend, following me around the barn and meowing, asking for hugs (unless the dog was around, then he hid in the tack room!) Over the past few months he'd had some weight loss, which we attributed to dental disease - however, he didn't pick up weight after he'd had his teeth taken care of, and in the past few weeks had gotten more and more lethargic and weak, and his abdomen was becoming distended. I took him to school on emergency tonight (I board, so he wasn't actually "my" cat) because I didn't think he was going to make it through the night. I was pretty sure it was something really bad - presumptive diagnosis was FIP. So we made the decision to let him go. I'm really going to miss him.
What a handsome boy he is! I lost my 17 y.o. love-bug, Hank, 2 1/2 weeks ago and still miss him...You get so used to them - day in and day out - now it just feels like something is missing - and it is. Hugs.
She wasn't running away with me, I just couldn't stop her!
I'm so sorry for your loss. FIP is really terrible and you absolutely did the right thing.
We lost a kitten that we were fostering for a rescue to FIP about a month ago. He and his brother were almost identical except while his brother was thriving, he was losing weight and seemed lethargic. My daughter was heartbroken when we took him to the vet and learned of his diagnosis. She was sure that she could nurse him back to health.
I was amazed that his brother was still so healthy.