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Sophie

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Sophie Sophie asleep Sophie on chaise Sophie baffed Sophie bites paper Sophie ballet toes Sophie box Sophie chair Sophie tummy Sophie sleeping Sophie under hutch Sophie and BFF

Sophie passed away last night around 10:30 pm. The vet called and said that she was just too weak to continue the fight. We’re devastated. It happened so quickly: in on Monday for a teeth cleaning, died on Tuesday. Sophie was 3, still young and full of curiosity, filled with love and affection, and totally trusting. She was happy, and she greeted visitors by immediately throwing herself prone and squirming in what she hoped was a fetching manner, to get them to pet her. She would then roll over and present an amazing expanse of tummy to be rubbed. She would sit quite properly at other times, her white paws looking like little Mary Janes, neatly placed side by side or crossed demurely. Her coat was generous and required brushing and thinning, but it was glorious, with a fine ruff and made her look as though she were wearing pantaloons on her back legs. In appearance, she seemed to have much of a Norwegian Forest Cat. She will be missed so much.

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25 July 2007 at 7:35 am

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Sophie on oxygen

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Sophie oxygen

Sophie’s better, but she still tires very easily, still requires oxygen and must be covered to keep her warm, and needs intravenous feeding and fluids. She’ll remain at the vet’s tonight. The Wife took this photo with her cellphone when she went to visit Sophie at the end of the day.

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24 July 2007 at 6:09 pm

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Sophie better

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Sick Sophie 1 Sick Sophie 2 Sick Sophie 3

Terrible photos, but news good. Photos made with camera phone and a trembling hand.

Sophie is responsive now: she meows, she can look at you, she twitches her tail, and she can move her legs a little. She’s still quite weak and is resting, getting oxygen, and getting nutrients. She’s covered to conserve heat. The Wife is holding her in the photos and sent about 10 minutes petting her until it was time to put Sophie back in the cage and hook her up once more. She’ll see Sophie again in three or four hours, and then Sophie will remain at the vets for another night.

Signs are hopeful.

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24 July 2007 at 1:07 pm

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Sophie crisis

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Sophie

Sophie is in a coma. She had had some trouble eating, and when we took her to the vet, it turned out that her gums were infected and her teeth badly needed cleaning. For cats, this requires a general anesthetic. When Sophie was a little baby kitten, she had another bad gum infection under her baby teeth, which caused a fever. She was put under then, and the teeth removed, and she recovered fine.

This time, though, her heart stopped as soon as she went under. They were able to restart her heart, and she is on oxygen and getting fluids and nutrients intravenously. She was rigid for some hours and breathing rapidly, and then they gave her Valium. She relaxed and her breathing slowed to normal.

A vet tech spent the night with her—our vet does not have a portable oxygen tent, so Sophie couldn’t be transferred to the emergency vet hospital. The tech reported that around 5:00 or 6:00 Sophie seemed to respond to petting, but she’s again non-responsive.

We’re going to go there to be with her for a while. It’s a very hard situation. She did have to have her teeth cleaned, and the anesthetic worked fine the first time. But that early infection—or perhaps her own constitution—seems to have made her health somewhat delicate. There’s no one to be angry at, and there’s no alternate course we could have taken. I keep trying to fix it—when we visited Sophie yesterday, I insisted we take her little lambs-wool duster (a toy which she often treats as a kitten), thinking somehow that if she smelled it, she would come out of the coma. Magical thinking. Feeling desperate. We both feel scared.

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24 July 2007 at 10:46 am

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Sophie burrito

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Sophie is having to take meds orally—squirted into her little outraged kitty mouth with a syringe. She doesn’t really seem to care for that, and after she gouged a chunk out of my hand in her frantic efforts to escape, we are now wrapping her in a towel, making (as The Wife says) a Sophie burrito. That works pretty well. Today is the last day. Thank God.

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22 July 2007 at 8:56 am

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Sophie

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Sophie on chair

Sophie, waiting patiently for Windows to make its little “goodbye” song when the computer is  shut down. This signals the end of the workday, when at last Sophie can get the attention she so much enjoys. As soon as the song plays, Sophie runs in from wherever she is, mrking madly, and squirms about for a thorough petting. (“Mrking” is the name we give the sequence of small, short, vari-toned meows she makes, very much as if she were talking. Sometimes she makes these to herself, as she plays with something interesting (e.g., a crumpled piece of paper, a cable tie, or the like), and sometimes she directs them to The Wife, as if she’s telling her something important.)

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12 July 2007 at 8:56 am

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Miss Sophie asleep with tummy exposed

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Sophie asleep with tummy

Miss Sophie, sound asleep with her tummy ready to be gittied.  When The Wife did touch the tummy, Sophie exclaimed and jumped. She (Sophie) thought it was a rude awakening.

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11 July 2007 at 7:26 am

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