Our beloved Bridges went to see the holistic Dr. Richter last Monday. I wanted to change his treatment from the damaging phenobarbitol to the safe and effective Lepsilyte, made from valerian and skullcap. Dr. R. has used it successfully to cure seizures in cats, and we had discussed the treatment for Bridges
Bridges had gotten another upper respiratory infection, and it hit him hard: hadn't been eating much (if they can't smell it, they usually don't eat it) and he had tested positive for FELV, feline leukemia virus, and FIV, feline immunodeficiency virus, alas. NOT what he needed.
He was not his usual jumping-out-of-his-skin edgy at the appointment, and after he came home his condition worsened. At a certain point it becomes fairly obvious that a cat's system is shutting down. There may have been other things wrong with him; he was found in the middle of the road, almost comatose, and cold. Our dear Bridges died Friday, peacefully. We miss him terribly.