SPCA of Northern Virginia Kittens
Kittens born April 8, 2010

In Memory of Katie

Katie was the only female in the litter.  She looked like her mom with her black coat and white tuxedo markings.  She was very close to her mom but could be rough and tumble around with her brothers.  She and Joe would trade off being the smallest in the litter.  Once they were about 3 weeks, Katie was the smallest and stayed that way.

She was always in the middle of the pack and mischief.  Besides being very playful, she was very sweet and would cuddle with us for hours.  She was very affectionate and sweet and is dearly missed.

After Bob had his trip to the Madison Companion Animal Hospital, I noticed that Katie had some poop on her butt.  I decided to take Katie to the vet to see if an enema would help her since it worked so well for Bob.  The vet at Madison informed us that Katie had atresia ani.

When we took the litter to Virginia Tech, they mentioned that kittens with eyelid agenesis usually have other birth defects as well.  Katie had cataracts at only 8 weeks old.  This would have meant a lot of medical assistance for her.  Thus, when we received the diagnosis of Astresia Ani, we took her back down to Virginia Tech on Memorial Day weekend.

Basically, Katie did not have the end of her GI tract.  Her colon stopped about an inch from where her rectum should be, which she did not have.  When I explained to the vet that I had seen her poop, I was told that there was probably a connection between the colon and the vagina.  Thus, Katie was pooping through her vagina and because she was so little, we never noticed.  Once she started to grow and poop more, she was unable to do so by the time she was 8 weeks old.

Once back at Virginia Tech, they kept her on a stool softener to try to keep her from becoming too constipated and having other issues.  Once the main staff arrived on Tuesday, they were able to do diagnostic tests and determined that they could not find the connection and saw that she was missing the last inch of her GI tract.  She did not have a rectum and there was no way to tell if she had any muscle tone where the rectum would be.  This condition could potential be fixed by surgery but for Katie it was not a good option.  They would be going in 'blind' to find the connection, which they may not be able to, as well as try to reconstruct the last inch of her GI tract.  She would be incontenant for her entire life and she would require many more surgeries as she grew, to keep reconstructing her rear end.

Thus, it was with an extremely heavy heart and many tears that we had to put Katie to sleep.  This was the most humane decision for her and we all, especially Abby, miss her every day.  For more than 2 weeks, Abby would call to her and look for her.  It was truly heartbreaking to see this.  The nice part is that when we took her back to Virginia Tech and she was in the exam room with the emergency vets, she fell asleep upside down in my arms, like a baby.  I was able to spend more than 30 minutes just holding her and saying goodbye.

For all of the time that we have been foster parents, Katie is only our second kitten to pass away.  This was much harder than the first time, which was over 12 years ago.  We are comforted by the knowledge that she was very loved and well cared for during the short amount of time she was with us.

Katie was always cuddling with someone; her brothers, her mom or us.
Katie was always ready to explore and was second to Moo Moo when it came to being adventuresome.  That is our VERY good dog, Henry, in the photo with the kittens.  He is the only one we can trust to leave with them.  We hope that by introducing them at a very young age, they will get along for life.
The kittens are having pouncing lessons on our bed.  Katie got worn out and fell asleep between the pillows.  Greg found her and then they cuddled and both fell asleep for a 'cat' nap.
 Katie cuddling with Brenda and her mom, Abby.
I love piles of sleep kittens.  All of the kittens love shoes: tennis shoes, sandals, Greg's dress shoes, it does not make a difference.  They want to be in and on them, if possible.
 Katie and her brothers loved to play, then they literally, would fall down for a nap, then they were back up again!

Please remember that the SPCA of Northern Virginia appreciates any donation you are able to make.  Your dontation will help pay for these expensive surgeries and veterinary care.
Please donate to the Northern Virginia SPCA by clicking on this link. www.spcanova.org Click on the 'donate now' button on the left side of their homepage, under 'Contact Us'.  Make sure you designate the "Stone kittens" or "eyelid surgery" when you complete the donation form or the money will go into the general fund and not support this litter.  All donations are tax deductible.
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