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My little Coco has been gone for 1 week.  I think it's so unfair- what a beautiful little soul she was, so full of energy even as her illness progressed. Even last Friday, when she was so confused, she cried to be picked up, and I walked around with her for hours, not wanting to put her down.  She purred when I cleaned her up with baby wipes because she was a mess & had always been such a neat cat.  I didn't want to go to sleep- but I was so tired and the vet didn't open until 9; she was sleeping in the crook of my arm, & then moved to the end of the bed. By the time I found her and got her to the vet, he asked if I wanted to say good-bye, but I didn't because she wasn't there anymore- probably hadn't been for hours...

I want information on FIP- who is studying it and if they need money for funding- it's ridiculous to me that I never heard of it before her diagnosis, and now have to pray for George  because he has been exposed- even before she showed symptoms.

George is shocked that he has so much food left in the bowl, and gleefully alternates between the two litterboxes; but last night he got into the bathtub, where the shower curtain was partially closed, as if to say, "AHA- FOUND YOU!!!"- and then he looked at me so sad...I think he really thought she has just been hiding, and realises now that she isn't coming back.  I held him and cried- and then he squirmed because he isn't good at cuddling.




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Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.  I lost my Bella Sophia three weeks and one day ago, and my heart still breaks.  A common line I use, she was such a sweet soul.  Yes, such sweet souls are our fur babies, and no, it is not fair what happened to them in the end.  I know life isn't fair but this is really terrible.  The only solstice I suppose that can be received is that they are in a better place. 

One thing that is providing me with comfort is that I am doing a fund raiser for heart disease, that is what my Bella died from.  I think it's unfortunate that medicines all have side effects- can't live with them and can't live without them.

I support the Morris Animal Foundation.  And this by no means is meant to be an infomercial, but rather, introducing you to an outlet that may provide some comfort during this time.  I don't know the specifics on Morris and their cat research, but I know they have really increased their efforts to find funding for feline illnesses.  I did a quick search on their site and found this for FIV:  http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/studies/current-studies/D08FE-052  Also, Here is a link to their page dedicated to kitties:  http://www.research4cats.org/ 

When Bella Sophia was in her last days, I formed a Facebook Causes page and raised almost $300 for cardiac research.  It makes me think maybe her death wasn't in vain. 

My Luci is the same with cuddling.  She is my surviving daughter, a peek a poo.  I try hugging her, because Bella and I would cuddle all the time, and she doesn't want to.  I miss Bella Sophia so much and want her back so so bad, it hurts. 

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Dear Angelica,

I am so very sorry to hear about your loss.  I know that F.I.P. is a devastating condition for both the cat and the person (or people) who love her.  Bless you for taking such good care of your sweet Coco, and for letting her know how much you love her.  That love will live forever, and a time will come when you will feel its presence again.  Right now, though, the pain is too strong for you to feel it fully.

I need to get back to sleep (after being awakened for the second time n 4 hours by one of my kitties), but I wanted to give you a link to a facebook page called "Support F.I.P. Research."  Just click on the group name and it should take you to the page if you are on facebook.

I'll come back later and post a more detailed reply to you when I can think more clearly. My heart is aching for you now, and I know how much you need to know that we are here for you and how much we care.

You, George, and your sweet Angel Coco are in my thoughts and prayers.



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jasminesmom

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Angelica, I am so sorry for your loss. It is devasting to lose one of our fur babies. I lost my Jasmine 9-04-09, and still the tears flow. I will keep you and Coco in my prayers and thoughts.


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angelica

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Thank you all for being so supportive- and the link to the FIP donation site, after some searching, I was able to honor Coco's amazing vet http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/Pages/VetHonorRoll.html by making a donation to FIP research, found here:  http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/Pages/BriaFund.html.


When Coco was first diagnosed, she was quite sniffly/ sneezy, and her kidneys were enlarged- but his immediate treatment of her symptoms and aggressive boosting of her immune system postponed the inevitable heartbreak for five weeks.  She acted happy and healthy, purred like a motorboat whenever she was near me, and never stopped eating or drinking.  I know she did not suffer until the last few days, when the virus hit her brain, and she started having seizures.  I do feel horrible about waiting until saturday- but I was selfishly wanting one more night with her, one more greeting when I came home from work, one more dance while I sang to her- and then it was too late, and she was all alone and scared for hours before I found her catatonic in my office, and I know she was scared - because of her eyes...and that's the thing- the only thing that scared her.  she was so brave all the time!  In the house where she was born, she hung out with dogs and cats twenty times her size- and came to my house and bullied George into giving her all of his toys.  She hated the carrier, but purred for every new person she met- even though towards the end, they always had a needle!  One night after work, I came home, and George ran out into the hallway, but Coco cautiously stayed just inside the door, which I closed as I ran after him...she cried so loud- it was the only time she had ever been alone- it was the only thing she was scared of, even for 10 seconds. Please visit her residence  http://rainbowsbridge.com/residents/COCOP001/Resident.htm

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Dear Angelica,

I can tell that you and I are going to get along just fine. ;-)

I worked for Chanel fragrances and cosmetics several years ago, and Coco has been my signature fragrance almost since its launch in the mid '80s. 

I, too, have a knack for finding the ideal names for my best friends.  I honestly believe that it's often all about being patient and letting them tell us their names. 

Coco's residency is lovely.  I know it will bring you so much comfort in the days, weeks, and months to come. It's so wonderful to know that we have these residencies to return to whenever we need to feel just a little closer to our Bridge Kids.

I know that Coco is doing just fine at the Bridge with my handsome boys, Bingo (King Big, The God Cat) and Buddy (Buddy Guy, Top Anchor Cat on WCAT Radio at the Rainbow bridge).
  In the mean time, I'm sending you virtual hugs, and keeping you and George in my thoughts and prayers. 

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My heart is battered and bruised, but I will not let it break. It holds such precious cargo, I must protect it now. (Susie Squillions)

"Memories of loved ones are like songs in our soul." Margaret Wakeley

T.J.'S RESIDENCY:
http://RainbowsBridge.com/residents/TJ006/Resident.htm

BUDDY GUY AYRES~LYNCH'S RESIDENCY:
http://www.rainbowsbridge.com/residents/Buddy128/resident.HTM

KING BING THE GOD CAT'S RESIDENCY:
http://rainbowsbridge.com/residents/BINGO009/Resident.htm

In one of the stars, I shall be living.
In one of them, I shall be laughing.
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.
~ The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Cheryl
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