My neighbor was taking care of a stray moma cat had recently had 3 kittens. My brother in law took in one called Dexter, and after much debate I took the little one of the litter, my Hermione.
Hermione and Dexter were fun little kittens always full of energy and love. They loved each other very much and groomed each other and ate and slept at the same times and were always there for us. Our big cats tolerated them and everything was happy for a while.
Dexter got an ear infection and my brother in law took him to the vet. When he was checked out, it was discovered he had Feline Leukemia. Fearful for my other cats, I had them all tested. My big cats were negatived and I had them immunized and seperated them to another part of the house. Sadly though, Hermione was positive as well.
Dexter recovered from his ear infection and has grown into a big playful kitty that he is today. Hermione had grown too and was doing really well until recently. Only a while ago, she had stopped eating and wouldn’t play anymore. At times she had trouble jumping and would breathe heavily. She would sleep all day and stay in warm places as much as possible. We had even noticed her paws were turning white.
We tried to nurse her for a few days and I decided to take her to the vet. The vet examined her and told us the leukemia had spread to her blood. That her red blood cells were too low to support oxygen to help her breathe. That she only had a few days at best and if nothing was done, she would asphixiate. I didn’t want my Hermione to suffer so I made the painful choice to have her pass away. I held her as long as I could and cried alot until I had the vet take her away. She was only 7 months old.
She was the first kitten I had made the choice to take in as my own personal pet. I have had other cats and dogs but they were chosen for me. Hermione was my kitty and now she isn’t with my anymore. It breaks my heart and hurts worse than anything I have experienced before. I cry and when it finally stops, something reminds me and I start crying again. I know one day my grief will lessen and some day soon, I will see my little Hermione again, but until then I will remember her with love and cherish our memories. I will even plant a tree in her honor that I think she would like to play in. I like to think of her still being with me even though I can’t touch or see her.
For all of those willing, please pray for Dexter, Hermione’s brother. He is FIV positive but healthy now. I’m sure he misses Hermione and we hope that he remains healthy for a long time. Dexter has been nice to me lately since Hermione has been gone and it helps ease the pain a bit but I know I will forever miss Hermione.