8.03.2012

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sophia
sophia

I'm sorry I haven't finished posting about the kittens, and I promise I'll get to Fox's post soon.  I've been preoccupied with a few other things, one of them being Sophia.  We've been so worried about her and have taken her to the vet seven times since Seymour died in March.  We thought she was just depressed because of Seymour's absence, but no one's been able to give her a diagnosis until today.  Right now she's in heart failure at the hospital.  Poor Sophia, she's in so much pain and is having trouble breathing, eating, and getting to the litter box.  It's not something that can be cured, but we can take her home and manage her symptoms with meds until she passes away.  It's impossible to say when that will happen because some cats can live for awhile with heart failure.  But it feels like my heart is breaking for the second time this year.  She's only six years old.  The vet says the reasons for this kind of heart disease in cats is unknown.  It just happens. We were supposed to leave today for a vacation in Oregon with my family, but needless to say that's not happening.

67 comments:

Dawn Tan said...

Oh Jenny. I am so sorry to hear about it. Must have been terrible when you and Joe found out. My thoughts are with the both of you. I hope Sophia gets to go home soon and be cheered up by the familiarity of her loving family and the two new cuties. Stay strong and be positive. Sending you extra (: faces. XO

Chau said...

Oh, Jenny! I'm so sorry you are having to go through this. My thoughts are with you guys, and hope Sophia's pain subsides.

Prudence said...

what terrible news... 2012 has been a real bastard to you guys... fingers crossed the meds help relieve Sophia's pain.

jamie cassell said...

I am so so so sorry.
I am deeply saddened to hear about Sophia. I've been a long time reader and am still upset over Seymour, even. Hopefully she'll be able to make some kind of recovery and maybe be with you for at least a little longer. Again, I'm so sorry Jenny. This is just the worst.

nicole said...

Oh Jenny, I am so sorry to hear this. Please take good care. I'll be thinking of you and Sophia.

metrode said...

I'm so sorry, jenny

Lexie said...

oh jenny! i will be praying for sophia! poor baby girl. it breaks my heart that you are going through this again.

poisonwood said...

Poor Sophia. I am so sorry you've had to go through all of this sadness with your cats. I hope her last days are peaceful and filled with love.

yp said...

It breaks my heart to read this. One cat is hard enough. I'm sorry you have to have to go through this again. Hugs to all your kitties. xx

joyce said...

jenny, i'm so sorry to hear this. i'll be keeping you and sophia in my thoughts.

Maggie said...

Wow, Jenny, I am so sorry. I don't usually write comments here, but after reading your post I just had to say something. This must feel unbearable to deal with after Seymour. I lost my dog a year ago and no one could understand why I grieved for such a long time afterward--people could not fathom that my pet could be as beloved as a family member. Best of wishes and of luck to you as you get through this.

Erika said...

I am so sorry--HCM is a terrible disease. Hopefully she will feel better with the medicine and she can have more time with you.

jennifer said...

Jenny, I'm so so sorry, poor sophia. This sucks so much. Thinking of you guys, xo.

Miss Cris said...

Jenny I'm so sorry to hear this news! Our cat Momo had the same issue and he passed away a few years ago now.

I'm send you all the best and good vibes. *hugs*

Heather said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Sophia. We lost our cat last winter in a very gradual way and it was hard, but there were good moments to bond and really say goodbye. It was hard, but also a blessing to know and be present. Thinking of you!~

in dreams said...

omigosh, this is just horrible! i'm so, SO sorry you have to go through this pain, when you've just gone through it so recently. i send tonnes of love + pets to sophia, and tonnes of hugs to you guys... <333

Lois said...

How hard for you and Sophia. Nothing makes illness and loss easier, it is just hard and horrible. If you can give Sophia a kinder, more familiar time in her illness that is such a gift for her. Just breathe through it, there is nothing much else you can do. :( Lois.

Kristien said...

Oh, sh*t, Jenny, that is the worst. I have had human patients with heart failure and it can be a very compromised way of life when it flares up. It's like Sophia's emotional broken heart over losing Seymour is manifesting itself physically. Poor girl, and poor you and Joe. I hope there is some comfort in knowing what is wrong with her, even if it is an unfair, upsetting diagnosis. All the best to all of you.

UNIFORM natural said...

so so sorry Jenny.
thinking of you guys.
xo

valeda said...

Hi Jenny,
First off, I am so sorry about Sophia. Hearing that type of news from a vet is devastating.
The same thing happened to my dog in the spring of 2011 - she was diagnosed with heart failure / mitrol valve prolapse. Our vet told us her prognosis and I was sick with grief for weeks; he said she would probably live a few months up to a year. We came home with three different meds to take 2x daily, which he assured us would need to adjusted within a few months, if she lasted that long.
It has now been 15 months since she was dx, and not only is she healthier than *ever before*, but she hasn't needed to have her meds increased. I just wanted to share this story because the truth is, sometimes our vets can be wrong. And sometimes our pets are so strong and perform miracles.
Sending love!

fleur_delicious said...

oh, Jenny. I'm so sorry. Nothing else can touch what you must be feeling. I am so, so sorry. Thinking of you and Joe with love and support.

Alessandra said...

so sorry to hear all that...
poor Sophia....and you guys, too...
big hugs, Alessandra

Sheryl said...

I don't know you Jenny, but when I read this post I could feel your pain. I'm so sorry to hear this and I hope that when she comes home that her medication will make her feel better so that you guys can spend some memorable time with her. Lots of love and best wishes for you guys and Sophia x

cougs said...

All I can say is that my thoughts are with you and your husband and your fur babies. It breaks my heart to hear that you have to again deal with such turmoil and stress so soon. It seems completely unfair. I will be thinking about Sophia and wishing comfort and peace for her. You are strong and wonderful kitty mom.

Madeline said...

What terrible news. I am so sorry.

mallory said...

i've been a loyal reader of your blog for awhile now, and as a fellow cat owner and lover, i'm just so heartbroken for you.

when you posted about the loss of seymour, as i scrolled through your heart-wrenching post, i looked at both of my cats and said little prayers for how thankful i was for their good health. the very next day, one of them fell ill and when we rushed her to the vet, they told us she was in end stage heart failure. within hours she had passed away. she was also only 6 years old. they told us the very same thing, that they don't know why this happened and that cats are so good at hiding their symptoms that you often don't know anything is wrong until it's too late. it was terrible, and i'm so sorry you have to go through this again.

i'm saying little prayers again for the health of my cat as well as yours.

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Delphine said...

Poor little Sophia, sending lots of cuddles to her, I hope she gets better <3

Samantha said...

Oh no I'm so sorry to hear this! Though I know that you and Joe will give her the most comfortable and loving environment any cat can dream of.

sandra said...

sending you a big hug.

Elaina said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this. How awful for you all! I know how hard losing a pet is and can only imagine having it happen again in such short succession. I hope that everything goes as well as it can in such a horrible situation and that there are moments of peace and love in there as well. I'll be sending lots of good thoughts your way. xo

tidytipsy said...

Oh Jenny, I'm so sorry...this year has been so hard for you. I'd been wondering when you were going to do the post on Fox and hoping that bad nothing had happened :( I hope Sophia gets to have a bit more time with you and can come home from the hospital soon!

Nina said...

Oh no, what sad, sad news. I hope you can keep Sophia comfortable at home and enjoy some time together. This on top of losing Seymour so recently must feel very unfair.

Cyrene said...

Jenny,
I'm so sorry to hear that. As a cat lover I can totally relate how you feel. what a shame 6 years is still young; i do pray Sophia will get better soon. It has been a tough year for you :(

kelli ann said...

oh, poor thing. i'm so sorry jenny. there's nothing worse than feeling like it's out of your control. good thoughts are being sent your way.

sarah said...

Jenny I am so sorry to hear this. Can I suggest that you Join a yahoo group for cats with heart conditions. I joined a yahoo group when my cat got pancreatitis and the support, help, knowledge is second to none. Sorry cant seem to post link from my home at the moment. Sarah

Jen B. said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about Sophia. I had similar experiences with the two loves of my life (my sweet girl kitties) in 2007 and 2010. My heart goes out to you. Spend as much time as you can loving her. xo

Belinda said...

Oh no, Jenny. Poor Sophie. You've all had a really rough time lately. You're in my thoughts, and I hope you enjoy some lovely times together. xx

WSAKE said...

oh no - i´m so sorry to hear that... i just got adopted by a stray cat and her two kittens and i´m starting to worry all day long, since they seem to live a quite dangerous life.. my heart would just break if they wouldn´t show up at feeding time any more.
all the best for sophia and you!!!

Jade said...

jenny,

sorry for such a tough year, especially where the cats are concerned. i hope sophia can continue to live happily with you, joe, wolf, and fox and that you'll all enjoy and treasure the time you have together. your ability to connect to and love your pets is so inspiring and beautiful. wishing you peace during a tough time.

jennifer said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, Jenny. Poor Sophia! As terrible as this is, it's so much better that you received a diagnosis from the vet. Now you can make sure that she is comfortable when she comes home. My first cat died unexpectedly after months of the vet telling me that she probably had fleas and just needed to take flea and anti-itch medication. It turned out that she most likely had cancer.

Lynn said...

Oh, I'm so sorry Jenny. What a difficult year you guys are having. Sometime it just seems like it'll never let up, doesn't it?

Best wishes to you and Sophia. I'm sure you're giving her all the loving you can.

handmade romance said...

big cuddles to sophia x
im so, so sorry to hear this news. dear precious kitties. lots of best wishes being sent your way x

east.west said...

my sweet 7-year-old cat went into heart failure in March; it was a devastating diagnosis because we had no idea what to expect and still don't. Luckily, she is still with us; we're just watching her for signs of pain or discomfort but she's hanging in there. I hope the same for your girl and that you get more time with her! Hang in there!

Josephine Frances said...

I'm so sorry! It's so awful that you guys are having to go through this again. I almost cried when I read this post, I really feel for you. I hope things get better for you all soon.

Grace said...

I'm so sorry Jenny! My heart is broken today for you and Joe and Sophia. I know you will do whatever is right to help her in her last days. hugs.

Jennifer said...

Oh, Jen. I'm so sorry.
Sad news. I hope you are getting along ok...

k. wang said...

oh no...i am so sorry, jenny. please, if you ever need anything at all, anything, please don't hesitate to let me (over email) or us (everyone else who commented on this post) know. i'm sorry this is happening to you, and so soon after seymour...there is light after the storm though, please always remember that.

anamanzana said...

i am so sorry. i have a friend that went through the same thing: http://booneandkatie.blogspot.com/2012/07/greetings-from-feline-cardiac-unit.html
the weird thing is that, later, she posted this on facebook: "Jimmy Jimmerino, cat of nine lives and he of the formerly fragile heart has been given a reprieve from his death sentence. I'm frankly embarrassed to admit how many DIFFERENT vets have weighed in on his status (not to mention how many dollars have been spent), but the cardiologist (not so much our idea but...well...) says that not only is he NOT dying but that she's planning on using the photos of his heart as a teaching tool because HIS IS THE MOST PERFECT FELINE HEART SHE HAS EVER SEEN. They do allow that his first x-rays show a cat standing on the threshold of death and cannot figure out how that happened. We're to keep watch for strange breathing patterns--but otherwise--cease all heart meds. Thanks to all you animal lovers out there who cared enough to comment or send up a prayer for our strange little rescued cat who is now busy stalking squirrels in the garden."
so...maybe

Jennifer said...

Poor Sophia... I can only imagine how your hearts must be breaking, having such sad news so soon after losing Seymour. My heart goes out to you all, as do my prayers.

Julie said...

Oh, Jenny! I just read your post. I am so sorry. Poor Sophia. Thinking of you guys and sending virtual hugs. xo

Abby said...

What unimaginable heartbreak. I was the one present for our two family cat's passings several years ago. They passed away within a year of one another for different reasons. It was really hard to say goodbye... they had been part of our family for over a decade (long but never long enough). It was a relief to know they were no longer uncomfortable or in pain, but you never stop missing them. Prayers for yours and Sophia's comfort right now.

larrouxgirl said...

Losing beloved pets is always hard, but two in one year. Poor Jen. All I can think to say is be strong and believe that all good animals get together on the other side and frolic. I do believe that, and, no, I'm not an 11-year-old middle-schooler but a very old lady who's lost many, many animals over the years. Thoughts, prayers, positive energy all coming your way.

Scout and Rice said...

Oh I'm so sorry. :(

bippity said...

Jenny, I don't know what to say. I am shaking my fist at the universe for doing this to you for the 2nd time this year. My heart goes out to you, your husband, and Sophia.

Deanne said...

I totally feel yours and sophia's pain, right now I'm sitting on the couch reading your blog and nursing my recently spinal injured bunny, who is on pain killers and can't clean himself so he needs full time care, and we are not sure if he will ever be able to hop again. Although unlike your sad cat, he seems perfectly happy apart from his frustration at not being able to jump and play : (
I know how much stress and sadness this bring and I send you and sophia all my love and prayers.
Seymour and sophia must have been so close for her heart to literally break from to sadness of his passing.
All my love and best wishes, Deanne (melbourne, Australia)

eve said...

dear jenny,i am sending you love and hoping sophia will be as cozy and comfortable as possible . my thoughts are with all of you

kat dye said...

jenny,
i don't know if this would apply to sophia's heart condition but my 10 year old cat, cinder bean, developed second degree AV block mid july and was given a pace maker on july 21st at the university of georgia in athens veterinary teaching hospital. i didn't even know that this was possible. they tried medication initially to control her episodes but weren't successful. our only option was a pace maker. she's now home and doing very well. would this be an option for her? my thoughts are with you.

Carrie said...

I am so very sorry, Jenny.

Rachel said...

Our tribe will be thinking of you. This just breaks my heart.

Hello Lindello said...

so sorry to hear, Jen. That cannot be easy. Sending good vibes your way!

RJF said...

I am so sorry about your poor wee Sophia. My own little cat went through similar and it was heartbreaking. What a painful time for you. I know that she will know you two are both there comforting her, though.

erica said...

oh no, poor Sophia! i am so sorry that you are going through this so soon after Seymour's illness and passing. such a tough situation...the kitties and i will be thinking of you!

cristalle said...

Oh, Jenny, my condolences! Poor Sophia. I'm so sorry for you and Joe. This must be so hard for you! Your little family is in my thoughts. xoxo

erica-knits said...

So sorry to hear that Sophia is sick :(. I hope Sophia takes well to her medication. I'm sure she knows that she is very loved by her family - especially by Wolf! I bet that gives her much comfort. I'll be thinking of the five of you.

Kate Hunter said...

Oh no, so sorry to hear about this Jenny! Poor Sophia.

gillian said...

my heart goes out to you, jenny.
it is so painful when our furry little friends fall ill.
my girls (spark + molly) and i are sending you and sophia lots of warm thoughts.
xoxo

gillian (ontario, canada)

W said...

So sorry to hear about Sophia. She is grateful for you and can count on you to help her through this. Take care, Wendy